The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours, and hard-won redemption. Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to find their brother Simon, who has gone missing ...
in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, set off to remote Fort Benton on the edge of the Montana frontier. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, a half Blackfoot, half Scot guide, to lead them North, where Simon was last seen. Addington takes command of the mission, buying enough provisions to fill two wagons, and hires sycophantic journalist Caleb Ayto to record the journey for posterity. As the party heads out, it grows to include the fiery Lucy Stoveall, Civil War veteran Custis Straw, and saloonkeeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each one of them to confront personal demons. Told from alternating points of view with vivid flashbacks, The Last Crossing is a novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew.
It was better than I was expecting. I'd read Vanderhaeghe's The Englishman's Boy several years ago and despised it so much that I was sure I'd hate this as well: I didn't hate this. But I do think it was badly edited, and while I enjoyed the weavingIt was better than I was expecting. I'd read Vanderhaeghe's The Englishman's Boy several years ago and despised it so much that I was sure I'd hate this as well: I didn't hate this. But I do think it was badly edited, and while I enjoyed the weaving together of the lives of the various characters, there were parts of some of the stories that I could have done without. (And there is a particular scene or two that remind me too much of Legends of the Fall.)...Continua Nascondi