An enormously entertaining classic, The Way West brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to The Big Sky, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersman's return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With The Way West, he pays homage to the grandeur of the western wilderness, its stark and beautiful scenery, and its extraordinary people.
©1949, renewed 1976 Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
This had been on my to-be-read list for a long time. The storyline is somewhat predictable, but enjoyable. The wagon train experience seems to be more or less accurate and the characters were likeable, for the most part. Some of the language would not fly today.
Now I want to read The Big Sky.
Great characters, great story, unique voice, under appreciated. If you like a compelling story about the old west than don't overlook this one. Amazing considering when it was written, he was clearly ahead of his time. Deep characters, quick pacing, vivid description.
the endlessly flowing sea of prairie grass stirs a man and moves a man's voice to say what a man's gotta say... this book and characters are one-dimensional compared to Big Sky. and too many phrases about what a man's gotta do and say as if instructed by the land
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