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English Creek
English Creek | Ivan Doig
10 posts | 5 read | 4 to read
In this prize-winning portrait of a time and placeMontana in the 1930sthat at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills. The witty and haunting narration, a masterpiece of vernacular in the tradition of Twain, follows the events of the Two Medicine country's summer: the tide of sheep moving into the high country, the capering Fourth of July rodeo and community dance, and an end-of-August forest fire high in the Rockies that brings the book, as well as the McCaskill family's struggle within itself, to a stunning climax. It is a season of escapade as well as drama, during which fourteen-year-old Jick comes of age. Through his eyes we see those nearest and dearest to him at a turning pointwhere all four of our lives made their bendand discover along with him his own connection to the land, to history, and to the deep-fathomed mysteries of ones kin and ones self.
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Lcsmcat
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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1. ❤️
2. Green
3. This trip to rural Georgia to settle my sister-in-law‘s estate. I have met some characters!
4. Yes and yes
5. 👍🏻
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Lcsmcat
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Six reads, all picks. #septemberstats

britt_brooke Nice!! 2mo
Lindy 👏 😃 2mo
ljuliel Did you see any type of theme or similarities with the Doig , Cather and Frazier ? I really like Doig‘s writing , have only read a half of a Cather book but not sure why I never finished it, as her writing was good. The Frazier sounds good. How‘d you like it , and didn‘t he write Cold Mountain ? I wasn‘t overly thrilled with that book. 2mo
Lcsmcat @ljuliel Yes, they are very similar writers. Although from different parts of the country, the land for each is very important- a character in and of itself. Also I find particularly Doig and Frazier to be introspective writers. Cather is too, but to a lesser degree perhaps. 2mo
Lcsmcat @ljuliel And yes, Frazier wrote Cold Mountain. 2mo
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Lcsmcat
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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Doig‘s novels are love letters to the West, particularly Montana. His prose is poetic, his humor gentle but insightful.
The McCaskill‘s of Two Medicine are people you would like to know. Jick McCaskill grows up in multiple ways during the summer of this book and takes you along for the ride if you let him. Now I need to reread Dancing at the Rascal Fair!
(Picture from many years ago, and Wyoming not Montana. But close to the border.)

BookNAround Doig is a gorgeous writer. (edited) 2mo
AmyRebecca Love the photo! Great smiles! 2mo
Lcsmcat @BookNAround Isn‘t he? I don‘t understand why he isn‘t more widely known. 2mo
Lcsmcat @AmyRebecca Thanks- we were in our happy place. 😀 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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Published in 1984, set during the depression, being read in 2019, and the phrase “Republican headquarters” to describe an outhouse works for all 3. 🤣

rachelk 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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“as far as I‘m concerned, Montana without its mountain ranges would just be Nebraska stretched north.” 😆

Tamra Ha! 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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“No matter what time of day you approached it, the Hebner place looked as if demolition was being done and the demolishers were just now taking a smoke break. . . . In short, not much ever functioned on the Hebner place except gravity.”

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Lcsmcat
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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I started a new Doig this morning. Look at this lovely map! #currentlyreading

Leftcoastzen Need to read this ! Love a good book map! 3mo
Lcsmcat I love Doug‘s writing - contemplative and poetic. And having lived out west, his portrayal of Montana feeds my soul. 3mo
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laytonwoman3rd
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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Molly wishes me to curl up with a good book so she can snuggle.

Leftcoastzen So adorable!😻 9mo
laytonwoman3rd She is my furry blessing. 9mo
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Kaye
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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Mehso-so

Doig's books are hard to review , as they don't have much action in them. It's just ordinary people's daily lives. Set in Montana on a big farm. Most of the people in the area raise sheep. The story is told by Jick, a teen boy about his life and family in the 30s.
It's frustrating to review these books as they tend to ramble on, but never accomplish much. You do grow to like the people in the story. Audio, read by Scott Sowers, is great.

Lcsmcat I find Doig's prose to be almost poetic. I'm not sure how they'd do in audio, but there's only one I've read and not liked. (But I admit they're nostalgic for me, since I miss the west.) 2y
Kaye Yes his writing is good. They are just hard to describe as far as action, as most of them tell a long story but nothing major. I like Whistling Season a lot more than this. The characters were interesting. 2y
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Mountainlife16
English Creek | Ivan Doig
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A great book to read about a lifestyle many people don't know or understand. A must read to learn about Montana in the 1930's.