What I’m Reading

I just finished reading The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig, and I have to say I loved it.  In this book Mr. Doig manages to squeeze a maximum amount of reading pleasure out of a pretty simple story.  I must admit to a bit of a conflict of interest since the story centers on the trials of a family trying to scrape a living out of the Montana homesteading promise in the early 2oth century.  My fathers family made that same attempt and I was of course enthralled by the details that the book revealed in this regard.  Although it was a fictional setting, there was just enough history to keep me satisfied.  The goings-on in the one room school house that formed the backdrop for much of the story is a peek into a wonderful bit of lost Americana. But those details weren’t the only reason I liked it.  Mr. Doig honestly has a way with words.   The story was from the point of view of a 13 year old boy, as remembered by his adult self many years later and his voice was spot on.  I was never bored and  I think that I will be reading his more recent book soon, Work Song.

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