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Painted Horses von Malcolm Brooks
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Painted Horses (Original 2014; 2015. Auflage)

von Malcolm Brooks (Autor)

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"Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her--a canyon "as deep as the devil's own appetites." Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar--the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there's John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army's last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than the vanished past"--… (mehr)
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Titel:Painted Horses
Autoren:Malcolm Brooks (Autor)
Info:Grove Press (2015), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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I truly enjoyed this book. I do wish however that the author would have included what happened to John H between the time he is at the train station and when he contacts Catherine again. The reader is brought along on the life paths of Catherine and John H to the point where they meet and should continue both lines afterward instead of just the one. I'm left with an "unfinished feeling" at the end and want to know the rest of his story. ( )
  Barbwire101 | May 19, 2021 |
While Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks had plenty of sage brush, horses and quaking aspens that I love to read about in my western novels, it was unfortunately peopled with undeveloped characters and expressed in awkward writing. I was expecting to love this novel, set in Montana during the 1950’s, about a female archaeologist, hired by the Smithsonian Institute to travel west and explore a remote canyon for any significant artifacts as this area would soon be flooded by the building of a damn. Part of the area is on the Crow Indian Reserve where many are against this project.

I think the author, in his enthusiasm, tackled too many subjects in this over long novel. In Montana we read about the wild mustangs and the people who hunt them, Indian issues, and Basque culture. He also jumps back into time to Post World War II Europe, in particular Paris and London, and how events from the past shaped the actions of the characters. However, my biggest problem with this book was my lack of connection with the main character, Catherine. I felt the author fell back on the “helpless female” cliche in order to move the story along and her actions were, at times, unbelievable. As a professional, she would have known better than to wander off by herself without adequate food or water and get lost. As much as I love descriptive writing the author’s use of incomplete sentences was irritating.

So my high hopes for Painted Horses was quickly dashed. I loved the setting but could not swallow the plot, weak characters and uneven writing. Great cover though. ( )
1 abstimmen DeltaQueen50 | Jun 6, 2018 |
Sprawling tale of an archeologist and a horse whisperer in Montana in the 1950s. Confess to skimming a couple of sections. ( )
  beaujoe | Feb 3, 2017 |
Beatiful language, big western setting, well developed characters and genre bending. Is it western, a romance of sorts or a character study? I can't wait for his next book. ( )
  bblum | Nov 18, 2014 |
This debut novel by a Montana author makes great reading. I’ve always been attracted to Ivan Doig’s stories and this continues that Montana tradition. In the 1950’s, Catherine Lemay, an archaeologist from the east, is sent to find evidence of Native American past cultures in the path of a power dam. It’s also the story of a runaway, who loves horses, and as a hobo found Montana and fell in love with the country. Returning to Montana after World War II he forms a bond with wild horses. When his path crosses that of Catherine, life changes for both of them. I particularly appreciated the ending. It is realistic for the time period, and not some fanciful look at how it could have been. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 13, 2014 |
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"Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her--a canyon "as deep as the devil's own appetites." Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar--the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there's John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army's last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than the vanished past"--

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