Montana 1948 Audio Cassette – Apr 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Watson's novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by scandal during the summer of 1948 was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
A young Sioux woman tossing with fever on a cot; a father begging his wife for help; a mother standing uncertainly in her kitchen with a 12-gauge shotgun: from these fragments of memory, evoked by the narrator as the novel opens, Watson builds a simple but powerful tale. It is Montana in 1948, and young David Hayden's father, Wesley, is sheriff of their small town--a position he inherited from his domineering father. Wesley is overshadowed by his older brother, Frank, a war hero who is now the town doctor. When Marie, the Sioux woman who works for the Haydens, fall ill, she adamantly resists being examined by Frank. Some probing reveals that Frank has been molesting the Indian women in his care. Wesley's dilemma--should he turn in his own brother?--is intensified when Marie is found dead and David confesses that he saw his uncle near the house before she died. The moral issues, and the consequences of following one's conscience, are made painfully evident here. Watson is to be congratulated for the honesty of his writing and the purity of his prose. Highly recommended.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is really moving and is told in a great and personal way. Larry Watson writes as the person who is reading it is in the book as well. You feel like a character in the story, playing a part. This book was so exciting that it pursued me to read on and turn the pages. It kept me guessing to what was to happen next. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Its a well written novel and I enjoyed it as well.
David speaks about how he lives and talks about his adventures with his friends and his families. He talks about his uncle and how his father (Wes) and his uncle don't get along because of the fact that David's grandfather (Julian) favors frank instead of Wes because uncle frank was a war hero and Wes staid home to take care of his town.
David talks of the death of Marie little soldier and how it affected him in the inside as well as the way that he remembered her. He talks about his life after that incident with uncle frank and how it affected seeing his uncle after what had happened.
Some of my favorite scenes from the book were when frank, Julian, and Wes all go to a bar out of town and start getting drunk and try to pick fight with the people in the bar. Another one of my favorite scenes was when David goes to get his dad because there are some men outside his house with a couple of guns, and while David goes and gets his dad, David's mom gets a shotgun and holds the men back from getting any closer.
Another one of my favorite scenes was when wes arrested frank and instead of putting frank in a jail sail, wes put frank in his attic so that no one would find out what really happened.
in conclusion I thought that this book had a lot of exciting moments and a lot of details that would leave you thinking.Read more ›
The author did not hold my interest in the beginning of the book. Therefore towards the middle and the end the book caught my attention in a "can't be happening way." I couldn't understand why did Uncle Frank rape those Indian girls.
I would change all the bad things that happen in the book because the Indians lives were treated like some kind of slaves. The other thing that I would change is the way that Uncle Frank was acting. I would make him only like older woman or just chop his wee wee off.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it has a lot of good parts to it. It has many things that happen in the past in it, such as slaver and Indians getting raped. So if there is someone you know that has been sexually abused, or you have been sexually abused make sure you tell some one about it or you can get hurt or someone related to you.
I think that Montana 1948, did give me a positive experience, because I learn about molesters and about telling the truth. I also learn about the different kinds of traditions in each families.
Montana 1948, had very interesting characters throughout the whole story. The characters seem very believable because their attitudes were like normal people are now a days. The description of the also made it believable for example when he describe Marie, "Marie was neither small nor shy she loved to laugh and talk, and she was a great tease, specialize in outrageous lies about everything from strange animal behavior to bloody murders." The author was able to describe the characters in a understanding way. In my point of view I liked all the characters I had no favorites because all of them had something unique and interesting.
I believe that the author was able to hold my attention throughout the entire novel. He was able to do that because he used interesting phrases that caught my attention. Also the whole story was pretty interesting. What also hold my attention to the novel was the fact that it is a unusual type of novel that we read at school. The topics of the novel were very dramatic that they caught my attention right away.
In conclusion I would recommend this novel to my fellow students, because it was a very interesting and unusual novel. What I learned from this novel was that the most normal looking person can turn out to be something you would never think about them, for example a molester.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is more complex than it first appears.
Highly readable, it tells the story of 12yo David Hayden and his family's Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier. Read more
This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. The way Larry Watson dives into these great character studies without analyzing everything, but saying just... Read morePublished on June 4 2004
What kind of sick, twisted, evil teacher would make a student read this. This is the worst, most boring book I was ever forced to read. Read morePublished on April 25 2004
It seemed like larry watson didn't know what he was doing. He foreshadows every little event through the wind. Its filled with so many stupid meaningless symolisms and metophores. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Gary
Watson weaves a tale about family, loyalty, and justice... and how a twelve year old boy remembers the summer of 1948. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by E. L. Weinhold
Montana 1948 was an excellent read. I really enjoyed this book. Larry Watson made the characters come to life in my mind. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Angie Carico
Out of the many coming of age novels I've read, Montana 1948 is one of the best, and for those who hate reading a lot, it isn't very long. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
HI ANG HOW R U?
THIS BOOK SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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This was probably the longest most uninteresting book in the world with random pointless metaphors and rediculous motifs that I felt sick throughout the entire novel. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003
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