The High Divide

The High Divide

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Abandoned by her husband and her two sons who went out to search for him, Gretta Pope must follow her family across the rugged badlands of 1880s Montana.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616204754
Branch Call Number: ENG
Characteristics: 340 pages :,map ;,21 cm


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Oct 07, 2020

'The High Divide' -aptly named- is a cross between a western and a drama. If you want fast action with no depth of emotion it may not be for you, as noted by someone from a 'book group'.
If, however, you want a finely crafted novel that delves into the thoughts of this man, Ulysses and his wife, Gretta after he leaves for reasons unknown to her and their boys; the concerns of Levi, their oldest son and their stubborn youngest son, Danny who has dreams foretelling parts of the future then you will be pleasantly surprised. There are twists and turns in this families adventures. The ways in which Gretta, suddenly vulnerable, is faced with so much hardness, exploitation and humiliation in the mean-hearted home town she's lived in for 17 yrs is just incredible. Ulysses himself is so wounded from events in the wars he's been in and has been trying so hard for 17 years to be the 'good man' but he
just can't take it anymore and needs the redemption he has strived for and failed to receive. Will he betray his wife? Could she ever understand? Will she leave him? I've heard someone say about a different book that the ending was so predictable. Not so with this book. There could have been so many different endings. A reader is kept wondering how it will go, what will happen? Intertwined with this is a view of history I've never encountered before and I've read hundreds of westerns and survival stories about the1800s. The only disappointment is that this author only has 1 book at the ORL. I'm going to request other of his works which I found listed on the Net. Apparently he writes about the Minnesota and Dakota areas. The book itself is hardback, has 332 smooth edged pages which are easy to turn. That's just right for this wonderful story. I could hardly put it down.

Nov 02, 2018

This novel Looks at some common western themes with good writing, good story, moral and spiritual overtones. Hard to find in one novel!

Jan 30, 2018

This is one of the most contrived and tedious works our book group has ever selected. The author, rather than moving the story along, fills the pages with irrelevant descriptions of everything. It's as though the author spent months writing descriptions of the environment, several weeks of writing vignettes, tried a couple of short stories, and then threw it all in together. A waste of time.

RidnLibn Sep 01, 2016

Lyrical writing, complex family relationships and a moral crisis make this story of the American West a modern classic. A father, wife and 2 young boys make their own journeys across the same landscape, meeting many memorable characters along the way. And it turns out that some of those characters were actual people who figured in the very real historical events. One of the best of 2014!

Jul 30, 2016

Richly descriptive, loved the characters, very well done historical fiction.

Apr 18, 2015

Set against the backdrop of the American West, this book is about one man's all-consuming quest for redemption and how it affects his wife and two sons. The writing is lovely - a good read.

Nov 06, 2014

A worthy read.

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