Last Bus to Wisdom [electronic resource] : A Novel. Ivan Doig.
- ISBN: 9781101634530 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
|Summary, etc.:|| Named a Best Book of the Year by the Seattle Times and Kirkus ReviewThe final novel from a great American storyteller.Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate–bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical—is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donal can't seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn't traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way.Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers. From the Hardcover edition.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 June #1
*Starred Review* The majority of the late Doig's novels were deeply rooted in one place, the Two Medicine Country in Montana, but this time, in his swan song, he takes readers on a road trip. In the summer of 1951, 11-year-old Donal Cameron's grandmother develops "female trouble" and must submit to an operation. Donal is dispatched by Greyhound (the "dog bus") to Wisconsin, where he is to live with his Aunt Kate until his grandmother recovers. Packing his treasured "memory book," in which he asks any and all to inscribe a few meaningful words (fellow bus rider Jack Kerouac is one of the signatories), Donal makes the lengthy trek only to discover that Aunt Kate is a tyrant who soon tires of the boy and sends him packing back to Montana. This time, though, Donal has a companion, Kate's browbeaten, glass-eyed, sort-of husband, Herman the Germanâon the lam in more ways than oneâwho sets the second half of the book on fire with a combination of wide-one-eyed innocence and sly resourcefulness, which helps the unlikely pair through all manner of adventures. Yes, this tale displays the sentimentality and antic prose to which Doig always was prone, but it is such an utterly charming, goodhearted romp that readers will willingly immerse themselves in the all-pervasive sweetness of the story like Depression-era moviegoers flocking to a Preston Sturges comedy.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Much beloved by librarians and library patrons, Doig will be missed by both, and this posthumous publication will be greeted enthusiastically as a fitting tribute to a memorable body of work. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Ivan Doig was a third-generation Montanan and the author of fifteen previous books, including the bestselling The Bartender’s Tale and The Whistling Season and the classic memoir This House of Sky. He was a National Book Award finalist and received the Wallace Stegner Award, among many other honors. Doig lived in Seattle with his wife, Carol, for many years until his death.
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