Of course, the young protagonist is very surprised by the story's events, but, maybe because he is looking back on those events as an adult, everything felt inevitable to me. I read this soon after it was published in 1993. She has David's devotion because of her constant good humor and the fact that she's less stringent than all the other adults in his life. She is feverish, delirious, and coughing so hard I am afraid she will die. Discuss Montana 1948, by Larry Watson is novel set in American mid-west that raises a question who was to blame for the tragic events that occurred that summer.
Although Len reveals his loyalty to Julian throughout the book, it really comes to light when he defends Gail and David when they are in real danger. But, Montana 1948 it was and so I read. One must be careful for corruption rears its ugly head where you least expect it. In the novel called Montana 1948 by Larry Watson, the power of the law is being abused in the situations occurring throughout the book. Gail was not racist whatsoever and especially respected Marie. However, David's view of life dramatically starts to change through the eavesdropping of his mother and father's conversation regarding Frank's behavior towards Marie Little Soldier, their housekeeper.
I'm pretty sure that the book is being assigned in their history class, which was the same class that required them to read Maus. Perhaps not enough gets said at least not 4. What he seemed intent on doing—just as boys at play do, just as nations at war do—was getting people to be on his side. The whole white population within Mercer County were partly responsible for the terrible events of Montana 1948. But I pressed myself closer to the house and hung on.
There's not much to fault, technically speaking, in this book; it's solid, the descriptions are good, the plot reasonable. He presents us with a page of personal history that is at the same time a fresco of the times and of the place, capturing the atitudes, the fears, the longings and the hatreds of the people of Montana in 1948, experiencing both the exhilaration of the end of a world war and the incertitudes about what the peace will bring. Instead of rural Montana, I grew up in rural Arizona and there was no way I could unmask the racism there until I went to high school. But I pressed myself closer to the ho Read this stellar novella if you want to know what it feels like to be an only child, 12 years old, and have your mostly-perfect life changed forever by grownups you trust and circumstances you can't control. This comical venue was presented at the University of Montana Adams Events Center, in Missoula, Montana.
In a time tainted by underlying and sometimes overt racism, this tale is of the struggle between the ties that bind a family together and the moral code that begs for justice to be served. Montana 1948 is an intriguing novel written by Larry Watson. But then something comes to light. I think that's a perfectly fine thing. Set in 1948 Montana duh , its the story of David Hayden and his family.
A compact book at under 200 pages, but the author tells a compelling story that ultimately feels far more complete and satisfying than I had expected based on it's length. Gail has been free from the stereotypical restrictions the housewife has when. The native Americans were still suffering many injustices and Watson's story, which must be based of some factual experience, illustrates that well. He lives with his mother, Gail, and his father, Wesley. I cannot give enough accolades for this book. This was a re-read of another title that I would call a perfect little book.
Frank was very aware of this however he did not let it bother him nor get to him. Why did the author choose that year? My favorite parts were the visual descriptions of a small Montana town sixty years ago. The aftermath sets brother against brother, son against father, and the plainspoken townspeople against the voiceless Indians. The next morning however, the family finds Frank dead in the basement, after he slit his own wrists with a shard of glass from a jar. Many themes are raised throughout the novel and many techniques are used to convey different ideas about certain events which are portrayed in the text, one of these being racism.
The 'voice' is just right for a boy on the fine line between childhood and adolescence who is starting to search for the true meaning behind the things adults tell him - and the things they choose not to tell him. I've mentioned elsewhere that I have given many copies of this book away, and why. Gail later pleads for Wes to take Frank out of their home. It was a summer of lost innocence. So Gail tries to use her power to sway the outcome of decisions but this ultimately does not work, this is not surprising due to the social rank of females in this area. Frank is a doctor in town, while Wesley gives up on a law career in order to please his authorian father. There's not much to fault, technically speaking, in this book; it's solid, the descriptions are good, the plot reasonable.
But to consider this as a book, a novel written for an audience by a writer, is to appreciate anew the benefits of craftsmanship and the ungovernable lightning of talent. The way some families are enmeshed in unhealthy ways. The loss of innocence signifies a person's metamorphosis from a child to an adult. Strangely enough, Marie Little Soldier refuses to be alone in the room with Frank. David thinks about his parents and in that year he saw his father on the floor, crying, and his mother by the window, holding a gun in her hands. It was then—with horror—I realized that I knew exactly what that would be.
My father kneels on the kitchen floor, begging my mother to help him. Montana 1948 is set in a small country town in Mercer County, Montana called Bentrock. I found it curious that we'd start with this book and not , which the kids just finished and looked really discussion worthy. He is a typical 12 year old, loving outdoors, riding his horse, fishing, hunting and exploring Quote page 23 , but by the influences and family around him he has a painful, confusing growing up life. I offer these images in the order in which they occurred, yet the events that produced these sights and sounds are so rapid and tumbled together that any chronological sequence seems wrong. For an author to get me to feel all these emotions within such a slim novel 169 pages is a remarkable feat. I will definitely be adding the rest of his work to my overlong wishlist.