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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
by Ivan Doig

Published: 1980-02-19
Paperback : 336 pages
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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

 

Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing ...

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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

 

Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, This House of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.

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  "One of the Worst Books I've Ever Read!"by wmcunitz (see profile) 11/10/10

This book started off slow and stayed that way, until about 50 pages before the ending. That's when the writer finally started showing more emotion, and I could get more involved in the characters' lives.... (read more)

 
  "Insomnia Therapy"by gtcharland (see profile) 11/06/10

 
  "House Of Sky is not my cup of tea"by KarieMBook (see profile) 11/06/10

But it was an interesting read regarding the author's formative years and how he gained his writing style.

 
  "This House of Sky"by Maurice (see profile) 11/06/10

Although some could appreciate the difficulty of life situations presented in this book, the lack of emotion expressed and the absense of human connections made this book difficult to read and gave a number... (read more)

 
  "Just couldn't get through it."by MomB96 (see profile) 11/04/10

I am a cover-to-cover reader, so I was determined to finish this book, though it started out slow and confusing. I set aside an hour to focus on the book (because it's certainly not fluff that you can... (read more)

 
  "This House of Sky"by imdodo (see profile) 10/25/10

 
  "This House of Sky"by SRJacksack (see profile) 10/18/10

The book is a memoir of the life of Ivan Doig, the author. Although the book is written in beautiful, poetic language, there is so little substance, in term of plot. This is mainly because... (read more)

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