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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1996 Ivan Doig (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“This richly detailed narrative offers comedy, passion, and adventure.” ( Library Journal)

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I'm a big Ivan Doig fan and have listened to several of his books and have enjoyed them all very much. But this one didn't seem to stack up to the others. I appreciated the back-drop of the building of the Fort Peck dam and I was engaged with the characters but the plot wore thin here and there and it went on too long. The ending was anti-climatic. As always the reader was excellent and the writing still held its charm. Not sorry I read it but not glad either.

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Another great Doig!

I read this many years ago....now as audio. Still wonderfully wonderful! On to the next Doig!

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A brilliant Montana visit

The Fort Peck Dam is now a place I once spent a few years. Although, I wasn't even born yet when it happened. Just a wonderful story.

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Loved it!

I'm a great fan of Ivan Doing & this is a favorite . I've read it & listened to it several times.
I enjoyed every thing about this book.

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So disappointed

Loved last bus to wisdom so I thought I'd try another book by Ivan doig.

Godawful boring characters and tired old plot

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Ivan Doig paints a town ugly

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A book that doesn't pander to the perception that you must have lots of sex, viiolence and other gratitous violence to be successful

What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

In "Bucking The Sun" his voice has a slightly sarcastic ring that fits the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely not

Any additional comments?

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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Too profain.

The author takes a good story line and peppers it with foul language. I had to put it down.

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