eleanor oliphant
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

The Tom-Walker by Mari Sandoz
  

Synopsis

The Tom-Walker by Mari Sandoz

A hold, biting novel by the author of Old Jules and Crazy Horse, The Tom-Walker spans three generations in a Midwestern family. The patriarch, Milt Stone, who lost a leg fighting in Grant's army, is the Tom-Walker, circus slang for man on stilts. After the Civil War he takes his family west to the Missouri country. There he gains a reputation as a raconteur and as a passionate defender of the little man who works hard, fights the wars, and gets squeezed out by powerful interests. He lives to see his son and grandson fight in World War I and World War II, respectively, and return home from those wars, maimed like him, only to have to resume a fight just to stay alive.Crowded with living characters, The Tom-Walker never loses the larger view of American history. From the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age, everybody is trying to be either a Jay Gould or a Jesse James, out for easy money, everybody [is] wanting to be king of something: mines, railroads, cattle, outlaws, anything. How people like the Stones fare is the story within this story.

Reviews

There is a good deal of America in the book, and the narrative teems with violent energy. -New Yorker * New Yorker * A vigorous and thoughtful novel. -New York Times * New York Times * Rich and warm and extravagant and deeply rooted in what her America has been and is. -New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review * New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review *


About the Author

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st January 1984

Author

Mari Sandoz

More books by Mari Sandoz
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

University of Nebraska Press

Format

Paperback
372 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780803291478

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

Lovereading takes the guesswork out of finding your next read with "if you like you'll love" and extracts to help with your decision.

Sarah Bruch

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools