“ It is the story of Robert Grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, this novella captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.”
I always seem to get caught up with these turn of the century (1800s to 1900s — THAT turn of the century), early American west stories. Something about that time appeals to me. Maybe because a lot of the descriptions are about areas and a way of life that no longer exist.
Spanning the time from the turn of the 20th century up until the late 60s, the reader is set to watch as the American west is transfigured by the technological growth of the nation, while ultimately exposing the hidden, untouched and nearly mythical qualities of the wild. Following with Robert Grainier, a common man living among extraordinary times, Johnson plays with the forces that shape a nations destiny while paying homage to the myths and legends of the wild world that continue to lurk in the dark recesses left untouched by the future.
A novella, almost poetic in its writing.