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The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
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Oct 10, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: 2015

An entertaining as well as informative account of the journey of the author and his brother as they relive the largest migration in history. Making every effort to experience the joy and travails of the actual pioneers over a century ago, the trip was actually hampered by modern progress. Though there was at least one exception, the hospitality of the folks they met along the way formed a "trail family", demonstrating the sense of camaraderie that was sure to have been experienced by the original trekkers. The author's flashbacks to childhood memories, unsettled emotions regarding his Father, and the personality quirks that make him and his brother so very human, make them easy to relate to and likable.

As mentioned on the book's cover, there is a touch of Kerouac as Rinker Buck describes the cross country excursion.

The only aspect that could be deemed as negative could be the author's personal opinion of modern Mormonism in respect to certain parts of the trail, in which he his not hesitant to suppress.

Definitely my kind of book!

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Reading Progress

October 10, 2015 – Started Reading
October 10, 2015 – Shelved
October 12, 2015 – Finished Reading
December 1, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015

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