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The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
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it was amazing
bookshelves: americana, historical-fiction, mr-b-s-reading-spa-recommendation, frontier-fiction

A tale of two brothers, set in the vast and hostile landscape of 1920s Montana.

Phil is a well-read, intelligent bully with an over-developed sense of superiority. Brother George is slow, gentle and kind. They've shared the same bed for forty years. Then George brings home a wife, Rose.

The pressure pot of conflict and tension between characters so finely drawn mounts inexorably to a chilling climax.

Savage's subtle prose is full of the cadence of Westerns. This is a world where people mosey on over the street and parley with ranch hands.
In the outcropping of rocks on the hill that rose up before the ranchhouse, in the tangled growth of sagebrush that scarred the hill's face like acne he saw the astonishing figure of a running dog. The lean hind legs thrust the powerful shoulders forward; the hot snout was lowered in pursuit of some frightened thing - some idea - that fled across the draws and ridges and shadows of the northern hills. But there was no doubt in Phil's mind of the end of that pursuit. The dog would have its prey. Phil had only to raise his eyes to the hill to smell the dog's breath. But vivid as that huge dog was, no one but one other had seen it, George least of all.

First released in 1967, this version deserves a wider audience. An overlooked classic, reminiscent of East of Eden, In Cold Blood and Brokeback Mountain.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2019 – Started Reading
April 23, 2019 – Shelved
April 28, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 11, 2019 – Shelved as: americana
July 8, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 8, 2019 – Shelved as: mr-b-s-reading-spa-recommendation
July 11, 2019 – Shelved as: frontier-fiction

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