Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Whistling Season

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig is a lovely straightforward coming of age story. Doig is known for his stories with Western landscapes and this story, set in Montana in the early 1900's, is no exception. When Paul's father sends for a mail-order housekeeper Paul's world changes forever. Rose, and her brother Morris, arrive and soon Morris is installed as a teacher in the local one room schoolhouse.

Sometimes when a story so effortless it is easy to overlook the technical mastery of the author. Doig's prose flows so effortlessly that you might want to race through the book but stop and savor the elegant prose and lovely descriptions.

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