The events of that small-town summer forever alter David Hayden's view of his family: his self-effacing father, a sheriff who never wears his badge; his clear sighted mother; his uncle, a charming war hero and respected doctor; and the Hayden's lively, statuesque Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier, whose revelations are at the heart of the story. Book Description Pocket Books, Condition: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in , we have over , books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Seller Inventory mon More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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Seller Inventory 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 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 , 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? 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. This story is as fresh and clear as the trout streams fished by its narrator As universal in its themes as it is original in its peculiarity, Montana is a significant and eloquent addition to the fiction of the American West and to contemporary American fiction in general. My favorite novel of Fiction at its finest is sometimes hard to find: Montana amply fits the bill.
Louise Erdich. It is a wonderful book. As universal in its themes as it is original in its peculiarities, MONTANA is a significant and elegant addition to the fiction of the American West, and to contempory American fiction in general. AT the end of Larry Watson's novel, "Montana ," the grave of Frank Hayden symbolizes the "unbridgeable gulf" separating two factions of the Hayden family.
But first, the backstory:. Washington Square Press bought the paperback rights and is just now issuing a paperback edition, and Paramount may make it into a movie. Set, as the title indicates, in Montana in , it revolves around its first-person narrator, year-old David Hayden, as he watches his family fall apart.
David's father, Wes, is the county sheriff, as his father, Julian, was before him. Not long into the novel it becomes clear that Wes' brother, Frank, a local doctor, has been sexually molesting the Indian women he treats, and Wes must investigate and eventually arrest him. So one could say that Frank is the cause of the family's disintegration. Or is it the blustery, overbearing father? Four of them focus on individuals from the earlier book, almost as character studies, the others on situations.
The best of the situations is in the long first story, "Outside the Jurisdiction," set in The young brothers, Wes and Frank, go off with two other boys on a hunting trip to North Dakota.
What they really hope to track down are Indian women for sex, and what they actually reap is humiliation and cue the book title a form of rough justice. First, it fills in one of the sources of the Hayden family friction: "Wesley hated and loved his brother for being everything that Wesley could never be. Frank is high-spirited and audacious, and charming when it suits his needs. Wes as a boy in the s seems to be the mold for what his son, David, will be in the s shy, sensitive, uncertain, dreamy.
The other thing it demonstrates is that Watson's writing is most powerful when it concentrates on men, especially Hayden men, especially Julian. Because men are the problem here. This is something we felt in Gail Hayden, Wes' wife, in "Montana Wes and Frank, she thinks, are "completely submissive" to their father, "just as their mother was. For me, the lack of a plot makes "Justice" less compelling than "Montana But this could be a matter of taste. What is certain is that any reader who has come to know the Haydens from either book would be happy if Watson were to continue writing about them and Montana in any form.
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Plot Summary. Study Guide. Reading Schedule. Individual Pages. Andrea, Laurel, and Ali's Paper. Montana log in help. To edit this page, request access to the workspace. Book Review Page history last edited by Andrea Ecklund 10 years, 10 months ago. David's dad, the sheriff, has to arrest Frank, his own brother, for the murder. It is a tale of love and courage, of power abused, and of the terrible choice between family loyalty and justice.
The events of that small-town summer forever alter David Hayden's view of his family: his self-effacing father, a sheriff who never wears his badge; his clear sighted mother; his uncle, a charming war hero and respected doctor; and the Hayden's lively, statuesque Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier, whose revelations are at the heart of the story. Beau Bridges's reading of this tragic story of a struggle between family loyalty and justice is outstanding.
Twelve-year-old David Hayden's view of his family and his life is forever changed by the events in his small town. And, surprisingly, through a series of lies, the town itself is never totally aware of all the Hayden family problems and decisions. Bridges manages to convey the powerful emotions of David as well as all the adults involved.
His subtle changes of tone and clear, distinct enunciation adds a richness and drama to Watson's characterizations. This fine work of fiction is enhanced and enriched by this narration. A real treasure! Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Washington Square Press, Condition: New. Seller Inventory ZZN. More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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