The Drop Edge of Yonder begins in the mountains of Colorado and ends in the far reaches of the Northwest, a journey that includes the beginnings of a Mexican revolution, a voyage across the Gulf of Mexico to Panama, and up the coast of California to San Francisco and the gold fields. Along the trail, Zebulon becomes involved in a series of tragic love triangles, witnesses the death of his mother and father, and confronts the age-old questions of life, love, and death.
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"[A] funny, inquisitive novel [that] asks readers to re-examine their ideas of the Western frontier and personal freedom." (Wall Street Journal)
"May be the most hallucinogenic western you'll ever catch in the movie house of your mind's eye." (Bookforum)
I thought this would be an interesting blend of Hockensmith and Carlos Castenada but instead it was weak in both parts. The mountain man scenes were clearly made by someone who'd never spent time in the woods and the spiritual parts seemed disconnected and uninteresting. Not recommended.
Like most of the characters in this novel, I gambled and lost. I took a chance on this book, hoping it would be another Lonesome Dove...but I was very disappointed. There were no likeable characters, it was a little too surrealistic for me, and I only endured til the end hoping to discern a plot. The story wasn't even a good substitute for the local talk radio on a morning commute.
I have never reviewed a book before but was compelled to with this one. The book is awful! Worst book I have ever tried to listen to. Don't know why I made it to the end. Guess I couldn't believe that something wasn't going to happen that made sense but it never did. Don't waste your money on this book!
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