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Montana 1948: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Larry Watson
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Chris Faatz

The Nation

My favorite novel of 1993.... Utterly mesmerizing.... There's something eminently universal in Watson's ponderings on the human condition, and it's refracted through a nearly perfect eye for character, place and the rhythms of language. Fiction at its finest is sometimes hard to find; "Montana 1948" amply fits the bill.


“From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them… “ So begins David Hayden’s story of what happened in Montana in 1948. The events of that cataclysmic summer permanently alter twelve-year-old David’s understanding of his family: his father, a small-town sheriff; his remarkably strong mother; David’s uncle Frank, a war hero and respected doctor; and the Haydens’ Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier, whose revelations turn the family’s life upside down as she relates how Frank has been molesting his female Indian patients. As their story unravels around David, he learns that truth is not what one believes it to be, that power is abused, and that sometimes one has to choose between family loyalty and justice.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen developed characters, nice read 30. März 1998
Montana 1948 is a great book that flows exceptionally well. To start, this book has well rounded characters that accentuate the story. Davy, the main character and the voice of the book, is well developed and brings out many subtleties in the story. Because Davy is only a child he sees things happening yet does not always understand. In many ways this allows the reader to be able to read between the lines. The honesty that comes from a twelve-year old is also a strong part of the book. Davy has no trouble saying or thinking things that adults would only dream of thinking somewhere in their sub conscious. The story in Montana 1948 also deals with issues that were controversial then and still are. The ideas of family loyalty, morality, prejudices, and loss of innocence, all cause this book to flow strongly and purposely throughout the story line. While the story is well written it also contains a hint of a message. All the characters show different sides of themselves and a complexity that a true character must have. The conflicts of the book are also well done. You don't have the simple Dick and Jane fighting over a lollypop routine. There are many sub-plots that the reader sees throughout the book. These sub-plots add to the story and allow the reader to grasp the "big picture." The book also does justice to real life. Watson didn't give the book a nice happy ending. Instead he gave the reader reality, something lacking in many books today. I really enjoyed the truth expressed in the book. The issues of family loyalty and love are well expressed. The story develops in a way that moves the reader as well as allows the reader to see how hard the choice can be between family and doing what's right. All in all this book is a great read and I strongly suggest it!
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The title of this book describes the setting of the book. It's a small town out in the middle of the Montana wilderness. The narrator of the story, David Hayden tells about his horrifying times as his learns about a family secret his family is trying to keep from him. David listens in on a conversation about his Native American nanny and finds that she has fallen ill and desperately does not want to see the doctor, David's uncle. In those days Indians had very little respect and rights. And he learns that his uncle has even less respect and does not obey his duties as a doctor. The problem is that David's father is the sheriff of the town. He learns about the trouble with his brother and concludes that he must do what's right and arrest his brother. The problem comes in when David's grandfather gets very upset that his one son is in jail and the other put him there. The grandfather takes matters into his own hands and endangers them all. The author Larry Watson does a superb job at making things appear real. The main character is a pre-teen but he acts much older. The story takes place in 1948 but I think it seems to fit well into the society that we live in today. In the news you often hear about doctors taking advantage of patients and influential people trying to get their family or friends out of trouble to preserve their reputation. If you enjoy hearing stories about people who had to go through misfortunes and overcome them; then you would like this book. The beginning gets you set in the world they are living in at the time and can get slow. But once you get to the problems and the story starts spiraling, you can't put it down. This is one of my favorite books.
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The whole time I read the book I was waiting for the climaxes that would get built up, but that never really happened. It was a good way of keeping the reader involved, but it was irritating. I would get just enough satisfaction to keep reading hoping the next would be better. The only problem was that it never got better. Yes, the end of the book came as a surprise, but the suicide left the book open ended because it didn't solve anything. I guess you could compare the book to a soap oera on television. The episodes are left open ended to get the viewer to watch again. The book doesn't have a sequel does it? Montana 1948 didn't ever really provide a satisfying ending to make up for the rest of the annoyance of the book (Note, I am not one to enjoy watching soaps either). This irritation distracted me from the good parts of the book. The insight that the author, Larry Watson, was trying to give into the discrimination that happened in 1948 against the Native Americans didn't bear as much weight as I think he was intending. It was almost as if he had broken a trust level with me in making me think something to meet his climaxes was going to happen and let me down when I didn't feel satisfied. With that broken trust, I didn't know whether to get into the book enough to believe that I should learn from the book or regard it as fiction. History tells us the people that came from Europe to the U.S. over-ran the Native Americans and terrible discrimination has been a result, and I know that is true. It's just that the mental image of exactly how this discrimination has played out didn't seem real and that was disappointing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A local author in Stevens Point
I live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where Larry Watson is from. Of course, I did have to read this book in my high school English class. Everyone enjoyed the book, including me. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948
"What do you know son, what did you see?" Wesley, a loyal father, and local sherriff asks of his son. He continues, "I mean earlier, this afternoon, arround 3. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2000 von Thomas Blizinski
3.0 von 5 Sternen Hhmmm...
Well I found the first chapter drawing me in, of course this was after he ranted about every little detail of the town - that kinda bored me. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2000 von Jacklyn
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not a masterpiece but a very good story...
This was an intriguing story about major issues in our society today: racism and sexual abuse. Some of the writing devices are a bit obvious, for example, the boy's continual... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von martha woodworth
4.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948
The book was a textbook they used in high school in Australia, I borrowed it and finished it in 3 days, it's a wonderful unputdownable short-read that deserves 4 stars. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 1999 von Edward Chen
4.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948
A wonderful story about a family who's secrets start to unravel after a young Sioux women, Mary Little Soldier, falls sick with a fever. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 1999 von lindsey page
5.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948
This book, with its shocking scenarios and surprising actions, is a good, strong story of a family living in a small town with a very big name trying to make the right decisions... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 1999 von carly wyatt
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful storyteller
I loved his style. I don't usually go in for regional, tales, but Watson wrote a captivating novel exploring the complexities of human relationships in the context of a mystery... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Tough Questions
I previewed this novel as a possible selection for a 9th grade reading list. The question of whether to do what is right versus what family and community expectations dictate is... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 1999 von
4.0 von 5 Sternen A good short, intriuging read
Not normally a book i would choose to read, but was on my booklist for schhol (Yr 12) I found the is book well written, and the characters are brilliant to anaylyse. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
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