Makes me appreciate life more & more every time I think of the story.
This story was so well narrated and the historical information was very enlightening and interesting and I really enjoyed learning about this historical event......would recommend
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
To remember the strength of the human heart and what these brave imigrants went thru. Look at our world now compared to what it must have looked like to them...
None so far but It's history, its the truth, would I have the strength? the courage?
No, but I will be looking for more.
The whole listen was hard to put down, I put myself in their places, with my children, friends, what decissions would I have made? I probably would have eaten anything or anyone!!!
I had heard this story many times in the past. It was a great account of what happened according to the journals and historical information we now have.
This book made me sad to think of the horrid things these pioneers had to endure and the choices they had to make in order for them or their families to survive. I kept having visions of my own 4 year old grandson having to live thru this. It brought very vivid scenes to my imagination.
This story is researched well and told in an exciting way. Having visited some of the sites that the Donner party passed through, it is remarkable that they even made it to Donner Lake. The hardships of traveling across the Salt Lake desert almost finished the group. However, at Donner Lake their troubles really began. It is difficult to imagine how bad it must have been at the lake for these people. They attempted to cross the mountains in their terrible condition, weak from not eating, striking out with the relief parties, in snow 20 feet deep, with small children who had to be carried. Given what they faced at the lake camps, the cannibalism, for which the story is known, is much easier to understand.
Stanton, the single man, with no need to risk his life, was the most honorable character. He had no real reason to go back for the others expect on principle and it cost him dearly.
Love the vocabulary (vexatious, onerous, amiable) and the metaphors ("buyoed by optimism"). Certainly feels like I really understand the terrain and hardships so much better. Most focus on the Donners alone, but an emphasis on the Reeds is interesting and lively. This incredibly researched narrative history will leave you wanting more. I already started looking for more books by the same author. Enjoy!
This book was difficult to leave.
The entire book was wonderful.
Yes, in parts, I cried.
A wonderful read!
The facts are undeniable and horrifying- settlers resorting to cannablism. What I found most shocking though was how inspiring a story it was. I have never been so motivated as these people were to pick up and leave my life and travel into the complete unknown.
When the Donner party is rescued was not how I imagened.
After his introduction about cannablism, which was hard to listen to- he calms it down and is more subtle and matter of fact.
Just what I said earlier. It is hard to wrap your brain around cannabilism but after you read -- you get it. And somehow, it's still scary but you understand.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This could have been a very grotty book. It's not. It's a very clear eyed view of the Oregon/Calfornia trail. And the very real risks involved. I found it quite compelling.