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N vuoristossa majailevasta valtavasta biisonilaumasta jota kukaan ei ole löytänytNeljän miehen uhkarohkea retkikunta lähtee matkaan preerian halki Raskas matka saa kuin saakin täyttymyksensä kun miehet jäljittävät biisonilauman Ajantaju unohtuu ja talvi pääsee yllättämään miehetButcher’s Crossing julkaistiin alun perin vuonna John Williamsin ylistetyn Stoner Andrews dropped to his hands and knees and swung his head from side to side like a wounded animal My God he said thickly My God my God A whole winter s work Miller said in a flat dead voice It took just about two minutes Andrews raised his head wildly and got to his feet Schneider he said Schneider We ve got to Miller put his hand on his shoulder Take it easy boy Won t do no good to worry about Schneider I went to bed last night still thinking about this remarkable book I put it on the bedside table and I vaguely recall thinking about buffalo as I slowly slid into the lost world of dreams I awoke at 3 am and was so wide awake in fact that I made myself a black coffee with honey slowly opened the doors to the terrace and stood there looking at the Pyrenean mountain range My much beloved mountains but one that I would soon leave Time was relentlessly moving on Thoughts of this book like a stampede of horses took over my mind I didn t want to let go and only wished to remain on this mesmerizing carousel moving at death defying speed while a kaleidoscope of exuisite and yet horrifying images flashed by All the elements were present superimposed with the colours white and red It was surrealisticThis isn t just a story about a young man Will Andrews who leaves Harvard to go west and in fact to find himself but it is also about all aspects of nature and how it has such a profound and important place in our everyday existence And the reason why Andrews was taking this trip in 1873 was not because of buffalo which were really in vogue at that time but because he had become very influenced at college by a lecture given by Ralph Waldo Emerson This would prove to be a divine calling in ways than one He believed and had believed for a long time that there was a subtle magnetism in nature which if he unconsciously yielded to it would direct him aright not indifferent to the way he walked But he felt that only during the few days that he had been in Butcher s Crossing had nature been so purely presented to him that its power of compulsion was sufficiently strong to strike through his will his habit and his idea He turned west his back toward Butcher s Crossing and the town and cities that lay eastward beyond it he walked past the clump of cottonwoods toward the river he had not seen but which had assumed in his mind the proportions of a vast boundary that lay between himself and the wildness and freedom that his instinct soughtI really don t believe that Andrews knew what he was letting himself in for when he headed west in 1873 He had money in his pocket and in no time after his arrival at Butcher s Crossing a small Kansas town in the back of beyond he had met Mr McDonald who bought and sold buffalo hides Andrews father had given him a letter of introduction to McDonald as he knew him in Boston through the church He thought perhaps that Andrews could help McDonald out in his business This isn t for Andrews though and his whole purpose of being there is to get out into the country and so he s told to contact Miller a buffalo hunter He also met Francine a prostitute who teaches him a thing or two and he sees her again upon his returnSo the upshot is that with Andrew s finance Miller agrees to lead an expedition to the mountain country in the Colorado territory where he was convinced buffalo were to be found Fred Schneider comes as the skinner and Miller s religious sidekick Charley Hoge will be driving the wagon with a team of oxen and will be the camp manSo this epic journey begins We are involved here with four individuals who are all so different and the clash of personalities soon begins when they cannot find water The attention to detail here is remarkable They then get lost but finally find the hidden valley with five thousand buffaloI was however surprised with the ease with which Miller shot them Very few stampedes and I was hoping at one stage that perhaps he would be injured in one of them I really felt for the buffalo The detail about skinning of the animals just seemed to slip into the fabric of the book as if it were a normal daily occurrence It had a dreamlike uality to itThis was meant to be a short trip but Miller seemed to turn into an individual who was possessed and wanted to shoot the entire herd Such slaughter Due to this the men are delayed and nature steps in with all her majestic glory They end up being snowed in for eight months However this certainly wasn t a boring life regardless of this being a case of survival with all of its hardships Recriminations begin to fly from Schneider and even the bible loving Hoge starts complaining The latter had recently been taking to the bottle and his bible readings were becoming and freuentBut upon their journey back to Butcher s Crossing the fast flowing river decides to take and take it did What an incredible episode hereThe consummate beauty of Williams exuisite writing flows continuously throughout this workIn essence this is a relatively simple story for a western I expected cowboys and Indians for some obscure reason and there was only one reference made to IndiansNevertheless Butcher s Crossing is very much the Wild West although a west on the brink of change The railroad is coming it is said and there are fewer and fewer buffalo about and the few Indians left are not worth bothering with Still all the familiar elements remain the rough hewn men the choice in the bar of either beer or gut rot whiskey and the hooker with the heart of goldThis is a splendid book and I love it as I do Stoner These two books are perfect I ve never come across this before and to see how due to Williams style of writing we have here a western of such exceptional uality that it will no doubt stay around for a long time And the next book for me Augustus of course I have ordered it and I should imagine that I will soon be reading my third perfect book Mr. Francis Wife preerian halki Raskas matka saa kuin saakin täyttymyksensä kun miehet jäljittävät biisonilauman Ajantaju unohtuu ja talvi The Shadow People pääsee yllättämään miehetButcher’s Crossing julkaistiin alun The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, perin vuonna John Williamsin ylistetyn Stoner Andrews dropped to his hands and knees and swung his head from side to side like a wounded animal My God he said thickly My God my God A whole winter s work Miller said in a flat dead voice It took just about two minutes Andrews raised his head wildly and got to his feet Schneider he said Schneider We ve got to Miller Degrees of Elevation put his hand on his shoulder Take it easy boy Won t do no good to worry about Schneider I went to bed last night still thinking about this remarkable book I Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels put it on the bedside table and I vaguely recall thinking about buffalo as I slowly slid into the lost world of dreams I awoke at 3 am and was so wide awake in fact that I made myself a black coffee with honey slowly opened the doors to the terrace and stood there looking at the Pyrenean mountain range My much beloved mountains but one that I would soon leave Time was relentlessly moving on Thoughts of this book like a stampede of horses took over my mind I didn t want to let go and only wished to remain on this mesmerizing carousel moving at death defying speed while a kaleidoscope of exuisite and yet horrifying images flashed by All the elements were The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook present superimposed with the colours white and red It was surrealisticThis isn t just a story about a young man Will Andrews who leaves Harvard to go west and in fact to find himself but it is also about all aspects of nature and how it has such a Vietnam Perkasie profound and important Losing Strength and Dexterity prove to be a divine calling in ways than one He believed and had believed for a long time that there was a subtle magnetism in nature which if he unconsciously yielded to it would direct him aright not indifferent to the way he walked But he felt that only during the few days that he had been in Butcher s Crossing had nature been so Afghanistan purely The Black Sheeps Secret Child presented to him that its The Billionaires Desire power of compulsion was sufficiently strong to strike through his will his habit and his idea He turned west his back toward Butcher s Crossing and the town and cities that lay eastward beyond it he walked After the Flood past the clump of cottonwoods toward the river he had not seen but which had assumed in his mind the Trust in Tomorrow proportions of a vast boundary that lay between himself and the wildness and freedom that his instinct soughtI really don t believe that Andrews knew what he was letting himself in for when he headed west in 1873 He had money in his Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 pocket and in no time after his arrival at Butcher s Crossing a small Kansas town in the back of beyond he had met Mr McDonald who bought and sold buffalo hides Andrews father had given him a letter of introduction to McDonald as he knew him in Boston through the church He thought After the Flood perhaps that Andrews could help McDonald out in his business This isn t for Andrews though and his whole Bronxwood purpose of being there is to get out into the country and so he s told to contact Miller a buffalo hunter He also met Francine a NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 prostitute who teaches him a thing or two and he sees her again upon his returnSo the upshot is that with Andrew s finance Miller agrees to lead an expedition to the mountain country in the Colorado territory where he was convinced buffalo were to be found Fred Schneider comes as the skinner and Miller s religious sidekick Charley Hoge will be driving the wagon with a team of oxen and will be the camp manSo this epic journey begins We are involved here with four individuals who are all so different and the clash of Acquiring the Mind of Christ personalities soon begins when they cannot find water The attention to detail here is remarkable They then get lost but finally find the hidden valley with five thousand buffaloI was however surprised with the ease with which Miller shot them Very few stampedes and I was hoping at one stage that The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster perhaps he would be injured in one of them I really felt for the buffalo The detail about skinning of the animals just seemed to slip into the fabric of the book as if it were a normal daily occurrence It had a dreamlike uality to itThis was meant to be a short trip but Miller seemed to turn into an individual who was Dinner with a Perfect Stranger perfect I ve never come across this before and to see how due to Williams style of writing we have here a western of such exceptional uality that it will no doubt stay around for a long time And the next book for me Augustus of course I have ordered it and I should imagine that I will soon be reading my third The Purple Headed Mountain perfect book

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KansasNuori Will Andrews jättää yliopiston kesken ja saapuu pieneen Butcher’s Crossingin kaupunkiin keskelle ei mitään Hän haluaa kokea Ralph Waldo Emersonin innoittamana alkuperäisen suhteen luontoon mutta keskilännen kovapintaisten miesten kansoittama onnenonkijoiden kaupunki vaikuttaa tylyltä Andrews tutustuu pian mieheen joka saa hänet vakuuttuneeksi Colorado Williams biggest achievement in this novel is that there isn t an ounce of overblown characterization in the diverging life perspectives that populate Butcher s Crossing an emerging town in the Great Plains of the old west In spite of the bison hunters the dusty brothel with the purring prostitute the inexperienced city boy Will Andrews from Boston and the drunkard who nurses his whiskey with a mucky Bible and prayerful gibberish this is not the predictable Western the reader might anticipate Clich s are exploited to serve the story not employed to construct it An omniscient narrator delves deep into the psychological dimension of the characters who grope in the darkness of their beings in search of answers to uestions not even formulated In spite of their disparate temperaments the four men share the common bond of confronting their insignificance in relation to the impassive grandeur of the natural world Contrasted experience mental strength and resilience prove to be useless when nature serves as mirror to the men s obsessions ignored fears and misconceptions a mirror that reflects their most savage selves William s prose is unsparing brutal jagged There isn t a trace of sentimentality in the crude lyricism of his sparsely constructed sentences yet one will detect something deeply touching in the icy narrative voice that plucks the petals one after another slow and steady of Will s blossoming innocence Or is it immaturity Driven by his need to fill the empty void that is festering inside him he escapes the viciousness of civilization to experience a moment of self revelation embraced by the purity of Mother Nature What he finds instead terrifies his tender trusting disposition An alien murderous drive built on numbing detachment absurd carnage gratuitous suffering When Will s journey comes to an end he emerges as a different person his restlessness has dissipated and a sobering calmness has taken possession of his being The idealistic youth has been substituted for a man who finally accepts he cannot escape himself a man who feels comfortable with his emptiness like the reader has grown used to hearing the unwritten echo of silence and to appreciate the chilly texture of the color whiteThis is an unorthodox bildungsroman than a Western and John Williams discovers that Ace up his sleeve at a carefully studied pace The claustrophobic sensation that emanates from his writing could easily be compared to the one provoked by the infinity of open space that of frosty snow covering the earth and night and day becoming an unbearable succession of blinding darkness and blinding whiteness and the maddening impression of being locked in the small boundaries of our diminutive suffocating consciousness But whose consciousness What is hidden underneath the characters frenzy to tame the wild to put down the unconuerable but the projection of the American Spirit Will s infantile desire to experience a sort of epiphanic oneness with Nature is the story of a young country ruling history that is seeking to reaffirm its ethos by fighting its foe mindless of the conseuences heedless of the fact that what remains after massive butchery is the putrid stench of blank stares and vacant eyed slaughterersSo yes many might consider this book a Western but I insist it might easily be something else uite something else indeed

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In tavoin se on löydetty ja saavuttanut menestyksen vasta nyt vuosikymmeniä myöhemmin Tarina kulkee Butcher’s Crossingissa toiseen suuntaan kuin Stonerissa yliopistomaailma vaihtuu karkeaan kovaan elämään lähellä luontoa Williams kunnioittaa lännentarinan perinteitä ja tavoittaa jälleen paljaan ihmisyyden kuvauksen Kirjan pelkistetty kerronta vavahduttaa lukijaa A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell a death wind for my people Sitting BullThey came down into valley and the buffalo herds were moving darkly over the land like waves on the ocean The men slowly moved in on them The first shot went to kill the leader of the herd shots would follow My mind stopped The buffalo just stood there in wonder of what was going on and one by one they were killed

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About the Author: John Williams

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this nameJohn Edward Williams PhD University of Missouri ; MA University of Denver ; BA U of D enlisted in the USAAF early in spending two and a half years as a sergeant in India and Burma His first novel Nothing But the Night was published in and his first volume of poems Th.



10 thoughts on “Butcher's Crossing

  1. says:

    ”You get born and you nurse on lies and you get weaned on lies and you learn fancier lies at school You live all

  2. says:

    Why read a historical novel about a privileged Harvard dropout who wants to find himself by going on a buffalo hunt 1 It's by John Williams who wrote one of my three favourite novels Stoner which I reviewed HERE as well as his masterpiece Augustus which I reviewed HERE2 Hunting is not what it's really about probably like Moby Dick3 It was a good follow on from Cold Mountain which I reviewed HERE two totally different US

  3. says:

    Williams’ biggest achievement in this novel is that there isn’t an ounce of overblown characterization in the diverging life perspectives that populate Butcher's Crossing an emerging town in the Great Plains of the old west In spite of the bison hunters the dusty brothel with the purring prostitute the inexperienced

  4. says:

    Andrews dropped to his hands and knees and swung his head from side to side like a wounded animal “My God” he said thickly “My God my God” “A whole winter’s work” Miller said in a flat dead voice “It took just about two minut

  5. says:

    The bright flare of a match the creaking of saddle leather and the mournful lowing of the oxen The smell of scorched coffee permeates the air joining the stink of buffalo hunters too long on the trail Later the confusion of the herd is rampant amidst the air made hazy and heavy by gun smoke The force of nature takes its toll as it always will The horror of the elements and the sheer beautyI searched for this book based s

  6. says:

    John Williams wrote four novels None of them however sold many copies during his lifetime I remember some years ago seeing and scanning stories about John Williams with headlines such as “The Best Writer You Never Heard Of” or something similar And that certainly applied to me I had never heard of him and I couldn’t read his books because they were out of print In fact although there were critics who praised his work his books sold

  7. says:

    A Holocaust of Hides He could hardly recall now the passion that had drawn him to this room and this flesh as if by a subtle magnetism; nor could he recall the force of that other passion which had impelled him halfway across a continent into a wilderness where he had dreamed he could find as in a vision his unalterable self Almost without regret he could admit now the vanity from which those passions had sprung view spoilerIt wa

  8. says:

    he believed and had believed for a long time that there was a subtle magnetism in nature which if he unconsciously yielded to it would direct hi

  9. says:

    A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell a death wind for my people Sitting BullThey came down into valley and the buff

  10. says:

    One of the joys of reading chaotically picking up books from the TBR stack at the whim of the moment and not according to some master plan is to discover that succesive reads turn out to be related after all The

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