A novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew A #1 best-seller in Canada and winner of the Canadian Booksellers Associations Fiction Book of the Year Award, The ...
The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours, and hard-won redemption. Master storyteller Guy Vanderhaeghehailed by Richard Ford as "simply a wonderful writer"takes us on an exhilarating journey from the ivy-covered towers of Oxford in Victorian England to the dusty whiskey trading posts of the nineteenth-century American and Canadian West.
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 Fort Benton in America and enlist the services of a guide to lead them north, where Simon was last seen. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, half Blackfoot, half Scot, who suffers from his own painful past. At Addingtons command, the party grows to include Caleb Ayto, a sycophantic American journalist, who is to record the journey for posterity; Lucy Stoveall, a fiery and beautiful woman who is bent on finding the men who viciously killed her sister; Custis Straw, a Civil War veteran in love with Lucy; and saloon keeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse, now encumbered with both psychological baggage and wagon trains, becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each to come to terms with his o! r her own demons.
Told from alternating points of view and in vivid flashbacks, The Last Crossing conveys the varied lives of its search party in haunting scenesa bear hunt at dawn, the discovery of an Indian village decimated by smallpox, a sharpshooters devastating annihilation of his prey, a soldiers guilt-ridden memory of his own survival, and an atypical love story.
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