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Bucking the Sun

By I. Doig

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Format: Paperback / softback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 26 May 1997
Not since Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" has there been a family saga as powerful as "Bucking the Sun" or a family as compellingly strife-torn as the one at its center. Driven by drought from their Montana farm to "relief work" building the Fort Peck Dam, the Duff family spans the extremes of the times, from the eldest son Owen, who has made his way through college to an engineer's job on the dam to young Bruce, his antithesis, a risk-taker who works as a diver setting pilings into the treacherous river bottom. In between are Neil, the quiet one, and the brothers' iron-willed wives. When a couple of wild cards are introduced, in the form of a Red Uncle from Scotland and the prostitute he takes up with, the plot gets as thick and turbulent as the muddy Missouri.
"Bucking the Sun" is a startling story of mixed fortunes that races from moment to moment, an epic rendering of time and place that reminds us why Ivan Doig is our foremost living storyteller of the American West.

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"Chicago Sun-Times"Doig now has to be considered the premier writer of the American West. E. Annie Proulxauthor of "Accordion Crimes" and "The Shipping News"Ivan Doig is one of the best we've got -- a muscular and exceedingly good writer who understands our hunger for stories. David Laskin"The Washington Post""Bucking the Sun" is one of the books that takes you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page. "Entertainment WeeklyBucking the Sun,.".derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of "Hamlet" or "The Brothers Karamazov." John Harvey"San Francisco Chronicle"Doig has achieved his most adroit blend of fact and fancy in what is perhaps his best book since "This House of Sky." What sets Doig apart from others who have farmed the same terrain is the deft way he handles the fruits of his research; fact and anecdote are woven into the text with a light and often humorous touch. E. Annie Proulx author of "Accordion Crimes" and "The Shipping News" Ivan Doig is one of the best we've got -- a muscular and exceedingly good writer who understands our hunger for stories. John Harvey "San Francisco Chronicle" Doig has achieved his most adroit blend of fact and fancy in what is perhaps his best book since "This House of Sky." What sets Doig apart from others who have farmed the same terrain is the deft way he handles the fruits of his research; fact and anecdote are woven into the text with a light and often humorous touch. "Chicago Sun-Times" Doig now has to be considered the premier writer of the American West. David Laskin "The Washington Post""Bucking the Sun" is one of the books that takes you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page. "Entertainment Weekly Bucking the Sun"...derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of "Hamlet" or "The Brothers Karamazov." David Laskin "The Washington Post" "Bucking the Sun" is one of the books that takes you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page. "Entertainment Weekly Bucking the Sun."..derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of "Hamlet" or "The Brothers Karamazov." John Harvey San Francisco Chronicle Doig has achieved his most adroit blend of fact and fancy in what is perhaps his best book since This House of Sky. What sets Doig apart from others who have farmed the same terrain is the deft way he handles the fruits of his research; fact and anecdote are woven into the text with a light and often humorous touch. Entertainment Weekly Bucking the Sun...derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of Hamlet or The Brothers Karamazov. Chicago Sun-Times Doig now has to be considered the premier writer of the American West. E. Annie Proulx author of Accordion Crimes and The Shipping News Ivan Doig is one of the best we've got -- a muscular and exceedingly good writer who understands our hunger for stories. David Laskin The Washington Post Bucking the Sun is one of the books that takes you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page. John Harvey"San Francisco Chronicle"Doig has achieved his most adroit blend of fact and fancy in what is perhaps his best book since "This House of Sky." What sets Doig apart from others who have farmed the same terrain is the deft way he handles the fruits of his research; fact and anecdote are woven into the text with a light and often humorous touch. "Entertainment WeeklyBucking the Sun,.".derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of "Hamlet" or "The Brothers Karamazov." David Laskin"The Washington Post""Bucking the Sun" is one of the books that takes you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page. E. Annie Proulxauthor of "Accordion Crimes" and "The Shipping News"Ivan Doig is one of the best we've got -- a muscular and exceedingly good writer who understands our hunger for stories. "Chicago Sun-Times"Doig now has to be considered the premier writer of the American West. "Entertainment WeeklyBucking the Sun..".derives its narrative energy from as tangled a web of familial and psychosexual rivalries as one is apt to encounter this side of "Hamlet" or "The Brothers Karamazov."

EAN: 9780684831497
ISBN: 068483149X
Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD
Dimensions: 20.27 x 13.67 x 2.36 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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