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5.0 von 5 Sternen developed characters, nice read
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...
Veröffentlicht am 30. März 1998 von Luckyknight@hotmail.com

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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. Then after chapter one I wanted to know what happens, but it was a bit of an anti-climax. Anyway besides the book being a bit dull, it was quite easy to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen developed characters, nice read, 30. März 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed how some controversial subjects were put so nicely, 9. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting...Teaser...Montana 1948 left me wondering., 3. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
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 Excellent!!! A story you want to share with everyone..., 1. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
This book was excellent for the reasons that it deals with life and how it really was. It may be titled as fiction, but the events that take place could and did happen. It's about a young boy, Davy, who has to look reality in the face. All his life, he's been sheltered from the "outside world", particularly because he lives in a small, farming town and because his family is the law. But then things begin to unfold. Being the young boy that he is, and knowing how all young kids are, Davy learns, by eavesdropping, that his uncle, whom he's always idolized, is a molester. His uncle Frank is the doctor of this little town and Davy learns that his uncle molests Indian girls while they are in his care. And that's just the beginning. Davy is just a boy, and while reading this book, you see how this boy looks at life and how he interprets things. To him, he can't understand why his uncle would do such a thing when he has a beautiful wife. He doesn't see things in an ordinary perspective. He digs deeper and looks at things through innocence; something we all lose as we get older. And Davy is on the verge of losing his innocence. Part of him wants to hide and forget everything, while the other part of him wants to know the whole truth, why people do what they do. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's the kind of book you want to read after you've had a long day; a book you just want to relax with. It's also a good book to read so you can understand what life was like back in the late 40s. Remember the name Larry Watson, and you'll remember Montana.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Once in a lifetime experience., 2. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
Montana 1948 is the best book that I have read in a long time. As I turned each page I became more engrossed in the story of David Hayden and all of the events that he went through in the small town of Bentrock. The beginning of the book was not quite as interesting as the rest of the book. It began slowly and I assumed that it would be dull and boring and that the story line would drag on forever. I realized quickly, how misguided my assumptions had been. I found that the book is not about cowboys, horses and guns, it is about a family that I will never forget. It became very interesting and throughout the rest of the book I found myself guessing what would happen next. You become wrapped into the story of a well-known and respected family in a small part of the west. The events in this book seem so real, that you can imagine them happening in your own town or city. The characters are part of what makes the plot move along with suspense. The main character, Davy is twelve years old and beginning the transition from boy to adulthood. He is curious to know what the grown-ups are talking about and that is what leads him to find out some stunning information about his uncle Frank. The more you get into the book the more curious you become, just like Davy. I recommend that you read Montana 1948 as soon as you find the time. You won't regret taking a few hours to learn about the story of Davy and his family. And hopefully you will be as excited as I am to read another one of Larry Watson's books, such as In a Dark Time or Leaving Dakota.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948, 7. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
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 and at the same time keep the family name good and pure. This is difficult, though, because of corruption and scandal that surfaces in this small town. the book is based around the Hayden family, which is made up of the grandfather who had been the sheriff for many years, his two sons, one is a veteran and a doctor who is married and the other is the recent sheriff who is married with a son, David. David is the narrator in this book, telling his life story, and what he went through as a 12 year old boy learning dark secrets about his once idolized family. This book is very powerful and I disagree with the Review by The New York Times Book Review, which states the "...coming-of-age novel depends on cliched characters to lug the story to its conclusion." On the contrary, the chararcters in this story make the conclusion as well as the rest of the book, very interesting and moving. For example, when David's mother, learns of their family's scandals and ends up pulling out her husbands gun to protect their house against a bunch of men trying to break in their house. This review also states that "Purple prose is the real culprit in this shallow yet overwrought tale.", which I also disagree with. Although this book may have some explicit language, it goes along with the story-line and only makes it stronger.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book was hard to put down!, 30. März 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
I loved this book! It was very easy to read, and it pulls you in; literally making you want to keep turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. Montana 1948 is the type of book that makes you think...a lot. It sets up a story line that lets you know something is going to happen. Larry Watson peices together childhood memories of Mercer County, Montana in the post World War II years. The memories reveal how a family's status in society can be, and often is, broken up by a morally wrong abuse of power. The book centers on a teenager's first realizations that things are not always what they seem. When David Hayden, the child narrator, and his family learn of the accusations of sexual abuse by his uncle Frank, they are forced to make a choice between loyalty to the family and total justice. Interweaved with his story line, Watson also sets a scene in the west on flat, harsh land with an open endless sky. These surroundings account for the town's relative tranquility. It's use of landscape is excellent in the way it reveals character for the small town and it's inhabitants. There isn't much energy spent on raising hell or making trouble. David's father is the county sheriff, as his father was before him. Life seems to be so simple, but Watson shows that hidden beneath the simplest of western towns can be complex layers of secrets and power. I would definitely recommend this book for its easy reading, simple truths, and its moral issues that need to be addressed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Montana 1948, 7. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
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. Montana 1948 is an excellent story that deserves four stars. I highly recommend this book. I have to agree with Barbara Hoffert from the Library Journal, who said "The moral issues, and the consequences of following one's conscience, are made painfully evident here. Watson is to be congratulated for the honest of his writing and the purity of his prose." Wesley tries to defeat his conscience by locking his brother in his basement rather than arresting him, even though he knows that it is the wrong decision. When Wesley's wife confronts Wes about what he's doing with Frank, his words show that he knows he is wrong. "Look, Frank said he'd come with me without a fuss. But he'd like to keep this quiet. He didn't want to be locked up in the jail. I said I'd respect that, and he's going to cooperate. Cooperate--hell, he's acting as if this is all some kind of joke." I general, a compelling story about the strength of a family.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A haunting page-turner that will leave you reeling., 30. Juli 1996
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
At first, I thought Montana, 1948 was going to be some
novel about a bland state at a bland time with bland
characters. Much to my delight, I found Montana anything
but bland. It deals with the tender subject of native life
in the United States which, at the time, was an often avoided
topic. The haunting part comes in when we realize that a
white man has been molesting young Indian women. From there,
it is one family dealing with this problem of stature and
reputation. Though it may seem disjointed at the beginning,
keep with it. You'll probably finish it in a day or two, and
the end will leave you salivating and most importantly:
thinking. I tried not to give away that much plot so as to
allow you to enjoy it for yourself, and I highly recommend
that you do. It would definately be a well-spent four or
six hours of your life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful story of man's struggle with honor & justice, 6. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Montana 1948 (Taschenbuch)
This book moves quickly and holds the reader's interest with fast paced writing, a gripping story, and a timeless theme of man's struggle with honor, justice, and courage. Another issue is the young boy's view of his father's moral dilemma and the boy's growth and maturity as he watches his dad wrestle with a difficult decision. Also, we see the grandfather's shallow response to the brother's horrible acts, and this contrast adds to the impact of the father's dilemma. Read the book to learn how the dad resolves this tangled web - did he do the expedient, acqiescing to his family's pleading, or does he uphold justice? We can all learn from this book - lessons of courage and what it means (or should mean) to be a real man.
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