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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2002
This is an excellent depiction of what we imagine life to be in the North American wilderness in the last part of the XIXth century, without the airbrush effects that plagues this sort of epic.
The author, building on previous successes (notably The Englishman's boy), wants us to stay with his book far too long. Some of the "stories within the story" may be interesting but add nothing to the action nor to the understanding of the characters.
Some of the characters are not sufficiently developed for the reader to know them well: perhaps it would have been better to not try to insert them in the story.
But all in all it is a very good and fascinating book.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2004
If you've read Lonesome Dove, then you've already read a similar, but much better book (and LD has it's own faults!).This is another book that needs fewer characters with more development.The character Charles was the most developed and his narratives just went on and on. In fact, that is my main complaint with the book: it should have been wrapped up in one tight ending instead of "this is what happened to Potts, this is what happened to Addington, then this happened to Charles....". Seemed way too drawn out.
Would have rather read about Simon than Charles. The book really grabbed me when Simon was crawling inside the buffalo and then that just got forgotten about.
And the resolution of the murder: the reaction seemed a little too "oh,well I'll be darned" to be believable. Another missed opportunity to bring excitement into the story.
To sum up, fewer pages, more action, more character development of key characters.
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