Acclaimed for his beloved Montana trilogy, National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig crafts masterful portraits of life in rural Big Sky Country. Set in the 1930s, Bucking the Sun follows the Duff clan during the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Hugh Duff is angry that the dam will flood his farm, yet his sons hasten to get jobs working on the project.
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“This richly detailed narrative offers comedy, passion, and adventure.” (Library Journal)
The whole tone of the story. I believe Ivan Doig focused on the ill-concieved town and how it brought out the crude and selfishness in human nature. I grew fond of Gros Ventre and the very human inhabitants of that small town and Scotch Heaven, but the Fort Peck project seemed to collect an entirely different population that permeated "Bucking the Sun" with ugliness.
I strongly recommend Mr. Doig's other Montana books, from "House of Sky" through the Jick trilogy to "Whistling Season" and "The Bartender's Tale". I hope he revisits that Montana again. I have read and listened to"English Creek" several times and intend to hear it again.
A book that doesn't pander to the perception that you must have lots of sex, viiolence and other gratitous violence to be successful
In "Bucking The Sun" his voice has a slightly sarcastic ring that fits the book.
Don't let this negative review deter you from listening or reading Ivan Doig. I think he is a gem among the flashy rhinestones. I cannot overestimate his writing talent and knowledge of his people and their environment.
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