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Butcher's Crossing

Butcher's Crossing

  • Title: Butcher's Crossing
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  • ISBN : 9781590171981
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 274 pages


In his National Book Award winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome With Butcher s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, red up by Emerson to seek an original relation to nature, drops out of Harvard and heads west He washes In his National Book Award winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome With Butcher s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, red up by Emerson to seek an original relation to nature, drops out of Harvard and heads west He washes up in Butcher s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere Butcher s Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time Winter soon overtakes them they are snowed in Next spring, half insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher s Crossing to nd a world as irremediably changed as they have been


Author John Williams

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.John Edward Williams, Ph.D University of Missouri, 1954 M.A., University of Denver, 1950 B.A., U of D., 1949 , enlisted in the USAAF early in 1942, spending two and a half years as a sergeant in India and Burma His first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published in 1948, and his first volume of poems, Th




Butcher's Crossing Reviews (31)

  • You get born, and you nurse on lies, and you get weaned on lies, and you learn fancier lies at school You live all your life on lies, and then maybe when you re ready to die, it comes to you that there s nothing, nothing but yourself and what you could have done Only you ain t done it, because the l [..]

  • 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 the almost as good Augustus, which I reviewed HERE.2 Hunting is not what [..]

  • 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 pro [..]

  • 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 [..]

  • 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 Sc [..]

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