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Butcher's Crossing - John Edward Williams, Michelle Latiolais
Butcher's Crossing
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In his National Book Award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome. With Butcher’s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek “an... show more
In his National Book Award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome. With Butcher’s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek “an original relation to nature,” drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher’s Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590171981 (1590171985)
ASIN: 1590171985
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
4.0 BUTCHER'S CROSSING BY JOHN WILLIAMS
”You get born, and you nurse on lies, and you get weaned on lies, and you learn fancier lies at school. You live all your life on lies, and then maybe when you’re ready to die, it comes to you that there’s nothing, nothing but yourself and what you could have done. Only you ain’t done it, because th...
modusa
modusa rated it
i was going to give this book a three because it's written very well, but i just couldn't bring myself to do it. the thing of it is, is that i really found it hard to bear. i normally like visceral storytelling, and certainly i get some very clear descriptions of the insides of buffalo, but i don't ...
SJane
SJane rated it
death – stupidity – blizzard – carnage – fire – sex – living hellthough not necessarily in that order
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