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Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness - a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures.
In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout’s novel won both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author’s son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn’s discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable.
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By C. Oneal on 03-04-14
Great story but the end was a huge diappointment
I cant believe with all that great writing it ended with a whimper. Really left me borderline angry that I got involved in reading it. It's like have a rich dessert that you are willing to risk the calories on because it's such a work of art and all the layers bring bursts of flavor. Then suddenly you bite into something that nearly breaks a tooth. Then the rest of the dessert just melts into mush while you're still trying to figure out what happened.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By keasha on 09-30-14
Great until 3/4 of the way in..then it fell apart
What a great story with super characters. The story was moving along nicely, then the author totally changed the entire story line. Confused and disappointed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By M.R. Bunce on 12-04-15
Much better than the film
Where does The Homesman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best novels I have purchased this year. The story is unusual and full of fascinating historical detail about a time and place I was utterly unaware of.
What did you like best about this story?
The premise that in the appalling conditions in which the first settlers in the West endured sent many of them literally mad
Have you listened to any of Candace Thaxton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, but I certainly will watch out for her as I thought she was quite execllent
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
There is a film of this book, and I reckon the tag line should be " not as good as the book"
Any additional comments?
Having seen the film and thoroughly enjoyed it I was interested to listen to the book. Having said that what I was delighted to find was that the book itself was a hundred times better than the film, and filled in all the details which I felt were week in the film.
By Eithne on 02-15-15
lLoved it ! Completely transported me to the vast frontier with all its challenges excellent