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Publisher Comments:

National Bestseller

With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bulls cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capotes In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.

Review:

"This is a brilliant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie." Garrison Keillor

Review:

"I gorged on Ian Frazier's book. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's enormously fun and interesting." Edward Hoagland

Review:

"This book needs a subtitle to entice both the general and the scholarl reader; but even if it were identified as 'writings of a traveller in settled part of America,' readers would still find surprises in Frazier's unusual wit and diligent scholarship. A good map graces the end paper. Includes thorough notes and a collection of photos, mostly historical, living folk he encountered and describes." Book News, Inc.

Review:

"Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"The miscellany in Great Plains is not uniformly captivating. Here and there, the narrative falls back on the quirky lists, the pointless deadpan and the grandmother's-trunk monologues of which New Yorker reporting, in its most mannered moments, is occasionally guilty, but more often Mr. Frazier displays an ability to revive tired subjects." New York Times

Review:

"The expansiveness in these pages is not only a wide swath of space and sky, but of imagination and emotion....At first glance Frazier's narrative seems deceptively freewheeling, nothing more than a rambling journey engaginglytold. But soon patterns begin to emerge....When he meets Crazy Horse's grandson, Le War Lance, for instance, on a street corner in New York City, Frazier gives him directions to Astor Place, named after John Jacob Astor, the owner of the American Fur Company who was indirectly responsible for the needless deaths of War Lance's ancestors. In his endnotes, Frazier points out that part of Astor's fortune 'went toward the eventual creation of the New York Public Library, where I read of his greed.'...'Even after "reclamation,"' he notes, strip-mined land 'gives you no year to think about but the year when the stripping happened.' Frazier's quest in {this book}, and his exhilarating accomplishment, is to free the imagination from this time prison." Sara Mosle, The New Republic

Review:

"{Frazier has been} a humor writer for The New Yorker since 1975....Although {his book} is about America, it is most emphatically not one of those ego-driven travel diaries into the soul of a nation....Frazier is a great storyteller, and he tells stories here about the waves of migration over the Plains, about Indian tribes, about war-makers and moneymakers, about local heroes and national villains. Everywhere, he treats the land and its stories as gifts to be shared, a kind of potluck to which we're all invited." Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p.[217]-283) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140131703
Author:
Frazier, Ian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - Midwest - West North Central (General)
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Great plains
Subject:
United States - Midwest - General
Subject:
Great Plains Description and travel.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General Travel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19900601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.78x5.07x.60 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages PENGUIN PUTNAM TRADE - English 9780140131703 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a brilliant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie." Garrison Keillor
"Review" by , "I gorged on Ian Frazier's book. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's enormously fun and interesting." Edward Hoagland
"Review" by , "This book needs a subtitle to entice both the general and the scholarl reader; but even if it were identified as 'writings of a traveller in settled part of America,' readers would still find surprises in Frazier's unusual wit and diligent scholarship. A good map graces the end paper. Includes thorough notes and a collection of photos, mostly historical, living folk he encountered and describes."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell."
"Review" by , "The miscellany in Great Plains is not uniformly captivating. Here and there, the narrative falls back on the quirky lists, the pointless deadpan and the grandmother's-trunk monologues of which New Yorker reporting, in its most mannered moments, is occasionally guilty, but more often Mr. Frazier displays an ability to revive tired subjects."
"Review" by , "The expansiveness in these pages is not only a wide swath of space and sky, but of imagination and emotion....At first glance Frazier's narrative seems deceptively freewheeling, nothing more than a rambling journey engaginglytold. But soon patterns begin to emerge....When he meets Crazy Horse's grandson, Le War Lance, for instance, on a street corner in New York City, Frazier gives him directions to Astor Place, named after John Jacob Astor, the owner of the American Fur Company who was indirectly responsible for the needless deaths of War Lance's ancestors. In his endnotes, Frazier points out that part of Astor's fortune 'went toward the eventual creation of the New York Public Library, where I read of his greed.'...'Even after "reclamation,"' he notes, strip-mined land 'gives you no year to think about but the year when the stripping happened.' Frazier's quest in {this book}, and his exhilarating accomplishment, is to free the imagination from this time prison."
"Review" by , "{Frazier has been} a humor writer for The New Yorker since 1975....Although {his book} is about America, it is most emphatically not one of those ego-driven travel diaries into the soul of a nation....Frazier is a great storyteller, and he tells stories here about the waves of migration over the Plains, about Indian tribes, about war-makers and moneymakers, about local heroes and national villains. Everywhere, he treats the land and its stories as gifts to be shared, a kind of potluck to which we're all invited."
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