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Every single time I listen to an Ivan Doig book, I am reminded of his outsize talent. He had such a distinctive way of telling a story - such a comfortable way with words.
I love the details of the west of his childhood and in that regard, this book is similar to his others. And the pacing is distinctively Ivan Doig. In other words, this is not an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Rather it's just a gorgeous, tender story about people in a place and time I'll never know.
I've loved all of his books, but this one in particular is very special and I'm not sure exactly why. It's typical in that it doesn't go in for flash and flare, but stays steady and true. It's also typical in that the characters come to life and hold your interest. In this case, the characters stayed with me for days after the book was over. I wanted them to have the kind of future they deserved.
I'm delighted he wrote so many books in his life time, but I will miss him. Along with Wallace Stegner, he holds a special place in my heart.
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And he knew this was his last book, so he reached into his past and with creative license told the story of his youth, and left me wanting more of the story and that won't happen.
What a great story it is.
Best book I've read in a long time.
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