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ISBN: 0618257748
Author: John Vernon
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner (September 26, 2002)
Pages: 354
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 142
Size Fb2: 1763 kb
Size ePub: 1955 kb
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The Last Canyon book.

The Last Canyon book.

In this vivid novel, John Vernon intertwines two stories-that of Powell and his crew, and that of a band of Paiute Indians, known as the Shivwits, who lived on the north rim of the canyon.

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The Last Canyon : A Novel. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. In this vivid novel, John Vernon intertwines two stories – that of Powell and his crew, and that of a band of Paiute Indians, known as the Shivwits, who lived on the north rim of the canyon.

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A novel so carefully crafted it feels like non-fiction. com User, November 27, 2001.

Alternating chapters looking back to how his legend began center on the Lincoln County War, a blood-soaked feud with no innocent bystanders.

The term Great American Novel (GAN) refers to a canonical novel that is thought to have captured the spirit of American life. These novels are generally written by Americans and deal in some way with the question of America's national character. The Great American Novel is sometimes considered America's equivalent of the national epic. There is no consensus on which novel or novels deserve to be called the Great American Novel

The Last Canyon: A Novel.

The Last Canyon: A Novel. As the novel moves inexorably toward a violent encounter between the two groups, Vernon deftly leads us into perilous geographical and emotional territory.

THE LAST CANYON, by John Vernon.

“Both gritty and sublime” (Seattle Times), The Last Canyon tells the story of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 voyage of exploration through the Grand Canyon, the last great expedition of discovery in United States history. In this vivid novel, John Vernon intertwines two stories – that of Powell and his crew, and that of a band of Paiute Indians, known as the Shivwits, who lived on the north rim of the canyon. As the novel moves inexorably toward a violent encounter between the two groups, Vernon deftly leads us into perilous geographical and emotional territory. Powell’s adventure is a story of triumph, hardship, bravery, and ultimate loss.

Comments:

Bolanim
It was one of the most exciting demonstrations of persistence I've ever read. The challenges overcome with courage and thoughtful consideration were amazing. Each section of the Colorado threatened death as they dove into the unknown. It's one book I may re-read.
Ishnllador
As John Wesley Powell and his crew of nine follow the Green and Colorado Rivers through uncharted territory into the Grand Canyon in 1869, Vernon imbues them with so much energy and strength that this fictional account of their journey feels like the real thing--more like a well-written memoir than a flight of imagination. His depictions of the canyons, mesas, geological strata, and the always changing river are so precise and vivid that they feel more like great photographs than prose. His descriptions of the heat and privation have the intensity of old sermons of hellfire and damnation.

With a lyricism as masculine and vigorous as the characters of his story, Vernon tells of two parallel, and eventually intersecting, journeys--the famous journey of John Wesley Powell and his crew on the river, and the fictional journey of a family of Paiute (Shivwits) Indians across the high mesas, as they try to reclaim a daughter which the father sold to Mormons in exchange for two guns. Vernon alternates these narratives in successive sections, bringing the ironies of the two journeys into sharp focus. The Powell expedition fights the forces of nature and is often at the mercy of the elements, struggling with equipment and scientific instruments, and in danger of running out of food. The Shivwits, on the other hand, are in communion with nature, comfortable in their belief that nature will provide, as it always has--their struggle, of course, being to preserve their lands and culture.

Vernon is a remarkable writer, equally adept at all aspects of writing--action sequences on the river, dialogues ranging from humorous to rancorous, insights into the characters' thinking, and a faithful adherence to the writing style of the period. His ability to present very different descriptions of the same geographical features, as seen separately by the Paiutes and explorers, is nothing short of amazing. This is a beautifully written, very masculine story of exploration and cultural conflict, one that should not be missed by anyone fascinated by tales of outdoor adventure and exploration. Mary Whipple
Modred
This strong, beautiful book's sophisticated prose and subtle character explorations make it the rare fact-based novel that actually convinces readers and illuminates a moment in history. It may not be the summer beach read some of Amazon's reviewers seem to have expected, but it is much, much more.
Yayrel
As an armchair adventurer I find this to be a good read. It feels authentic,I feel transported back to that time.I have also read 'down the colorado'by eliot porter.
Bajinn
This could have been a great book. John Vernon obviously expended a lot of effort to weave the known facts into his novel and to create memorable impressions of each character from the small body of available historical knowledge. But John Vernon's easy slide into vulgarity as he creates the personalities and interactions of the characters was a big disappointment to me. I compelled myself to finish the book, mostly driven by my fascination for the Colorado River basin and its exploration. But being unwilling to contemplate that anyone else might wallow through the salacious bogs offensively dumped into this story, I threw the book in the recycling bin as soon as I was done.
Painwind
One can only hope the the Last Canyon is Mr. Vernon's last book. Flat characters; flat imagery; sophomoric dialogue; silly, forced, disconnected scenes: the genuis here is that one truly celebrates the end of Powell's journey becasue it also coincides with the end of Mr. Vernon's prose. One wishes Mr. Powell's journey had ended 300 hundred pages sooner.
WtePSeLNaGAyko
If u ever took a river ride down some rapids, u can feel the anxiety of the men. They had no training , and no rubber boats! The beauty of the canyon is beyond words!

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