The Great Karoo

The Great Karoo

Book - 2008
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From award-winning author Fred Stenson-a richly evocative new novel, at once brutal and tender, spare of language, and profoundly moving-a major work to thrill his fans and win him many new ones. In 1899, Frank Adams, a cowboy from Pincher Creek, joins the Canadian Mounted Rifles and sets out to defend the Empire in South Africa. There, against a landscape of extremes, Frank forms intense bonds with Ovide Smith, a reluctant soldier from the Alberta plains, and Jeff Davis, son of a Blood Indian determined to prove himself in a white man's war. As the young Canadians engage in battle with a determined and wily enemy, they are forced to realize the bounds of their own loyalty and courage, and confront the arrogance and indifference of those who have led them into conflict. The Great Karoo is a deeply satisfying novel, marked by the complexities of its plot, the subtleties of its relationships, and the scale of its terrain. Exhilarating and horrific by turns, it explores with passion and insight the lasting warmth of friendship and the legacy of devastation occasioned by war.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780385664059
Branch Call Number: STENSON
Characteristics: 484 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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GMG Nov 10, 2010

Being from the same area as many of the characters, I had empathy for the young, innocent characters leaving their simple, peaceful locale to exist in a hostile, foreign land.

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