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A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.

©2017 Hernán Díaz (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Susan
  • LIVERMORE, CA, United States
  • 11-17-18

Hard to characterize

Historical fiction? But so much more. I was expecting a lot and I got it. The prose at times is elevated to a very poetic form. This guy knows how to paint a picture. Never boring! Action, yes. Settings, character development, symbolism. Takes place in the Old West, but not what I’d call a western. Better.

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an odd storey slow but captivating

I was intrigued from the beginning. It's a slow and tedious journey, captivating.
I enjoyed the reader.

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doesn't have a proper ending

the main character has a good many interesting experiences along his journey, but in the end they make little sense, and there is no proper ending. a real disappointment.

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  • Melinda
  • Melrose, MA, USA
  • 05-22-18

Brilliant

It doesn’t get any better than this. Listen and enter a world that is harsh but beautiful.