Boone's Lick

Boone's Lick

Large Print - 2001
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A mix of popular genres from top-selling American authors. Readers will relish themes of love, glamour, politics, perseverance, resilience, innovation and the pioneer spirit from some of the best-loved writers of modern fiction, nonfiction and biography.This enthralling tale of the nineteenth-century west transports the reader to the era about which Larry McMurtry writes better than anyone else. Told with his unique blend of historical fact and storytelling genius, the novel follows the Cecil family's arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old -Shay narrates, describing the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him. Vintage McMurtry, Boone's Lick is at once high adventure, a perfect Western tale, and a moving love story.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2001.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780786231492
0786231491
9780786231553
0786231556
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 335 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Jun 18, 2017

McMurtry's writing is infectious, and his folksy humor sustains the sometimes gruesome action in the story. All the tropes of traditional westerns are here, but turned on their heads, as the plot unfolds from the point of view of a teenage boy accompanying his mother in search of her absent husband. Wild Bill Hickock makes an appearance, and the wide open plains of Wyoming and Nebraska feature prominently. Recommended for fans of westerns and also of earthy humorous novels, if they don't mind the casual violence and profanity that runs throughout the novel.

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