David's father is the law of the town, his uncle the doctor. To a degree it was lawless and racist. I started this book almost eight months ago; I also left this book mid-chapter almost eight months ago. It doesn't matter who you are or who you relationships are; if you wrong, you pay. A young Sioux woman lies on a bed in our house.
Wes tells his son that he is waiting until he hears his brother moving and then he will take him across to the jail. What it means to be a peace officer in Montana is 'knowing when to look and when to look away'. The inciting incident in the story is when Marie Little Soldier becomes sick with a fever and cough. There are also some explicit descriptions of sexual assault, which I'm not sure the kids this age have encountered before, and may very well make them squirm while reading those passages. Money spent, mediums campaigned through, and the number of votes for the third party.
She is feverish, delirious, and coughing so hard I am afraid she will die. He stacks up for the Local American people and upholds justice. I wanted to see the conflict in the room between the Native Am This is a solid story with solid writing, tension, suspense, drama, characterization, and good dialogue and descriptions. But as the title tells us, this is not a historical western. An Indian woman, Marie Little soldier looks after David and the family home. From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them ….
He was the town sheriff for a long time which is how he gained popularity and wealth. I guess I wanted more surprises. And it's also really short. What's more, they are both stunning in the quality of writing, story and character. He was quite loyal towards his family, thinking that family is more important than following justice. Marie is further reluctant to receive medical treatment from Frank Hayden and calls for Gail, David's mother, to be in the room with her during her checkup. I read this while cycling through Montana so it had special significance, but as an entertaining and page-turning piece of storytelling, it is highly recommended to anyone.
His dude ranch explains him as he liked to show his power and enjoyed it. Cleary, Erdich has read this and most obviously was influenced by it in her writing. At 12, he believes he is in love with his caretaker, Marie Little Soldier, but when he is older he recognizes that this love was chaste and innocent, though still very real. I recognized my own passion for faraway places away from civilization, from noise and pollution and even from people, for a while: Wildness meant, to me, getting out of town and into the country. It is this stability and respect though, in which the much loved and admired Frank is held by both the townspeople and David, that make the events which occur so shocking, particularly for David. Gail tells Wes that the reason Marie was yelling when Frank was trying to examine her is because Frank has molested Indian girls and that he does it when he is examines them. They tell him that it is just one more night and to sleep late so that when he wakes the worst will be over.
Yet in a mere 169 pages, Larry Watson sets up a situation of such moral complexity — and introduces characters that are so real, vibrant and flawed — that it is literally impossible to read the book in more than one sitting. But, Montana 1948 it was and so I read. When Marie is found dead after making significant recovery before, Frank convinces the family that the cause of death was pneumonia. Julian responded by trying to free Frank by using violence and then Frank taking his life. The whole white population within Mercer County were partly responsible for the terrible events of Montana 1948. Over the years I have recommended Montana, 1948 so many times to readers that I felt the need to go back and give it another read, just to make sure I still knew what I was talking about.
Montana, 1948 is well-written, simple and direct. Her name was Marie Little Solider and she was a Hunkpapa Sioux who originally came from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. I see Wesley Hayden as a pushover, he pushed a rewarding career away because his father had told him to and he went to law school because his wife told him to as well. He was successful through every aspects of life and married a white woman. But in my vision, the Indians were not lined up in battle formation as they always were in movies, that is, mounted on war ponies, streaked with war paint…Instead, just as I did in my daily life I saw them dressed in their jeans and cowboy boots, their cotton print dresses, or their flannel shirts.
Marie had been sick that morning and had only come out to set out the lunch. He was married to Gloria, his beautiful wife; however they did not conceive children. He put his fishing gear away in the garage and went into his house. He was born in 1910 in Mercer County and grew up on a large cattle ranch just outside of Bentrock with his brother Frank, mother Enid and father Julian. Overnight the family hear Frank breaking all Gail's jars of preserves and in the morning they find that Frank is dead. Clean simple writing and a good story well-told.