Originally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. ...Show synopsisOriginally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. THE BIG SKY introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in Western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With THE BIG SKY, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.Hide synopsis
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A.B. Guthrie?s ?Big Sky? was a wonderful work. I had read his prize-winning novel ?The Way West? previously and found ?The Big Sky? to be even better in some ways. It was a moody piece and I began to wonder how much sadness and alienation one could bear with. I didn?t find myself thinking of these mountain men, or Boone Caudill, as heroes. They came across more as almost psychopathically anti-social and terribly self-indulgent. But nevertheless it was a gut wrenching read. Guthrie gave a good feel for the period and cultures involved.
Perhaps it was the edition ("an edition for Younger Readers", but there seemed to be a great many unresolved plot angles here. The first one involved the angle in which the main character was falsely accused of trying to rob a character who had stolen the main character's rifle. The main character vowed to get the rifle back & one expected that at some point this issue would be resolved, but it never was. There were a number of similar unresolved plot angles throughout the novel.
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