The Curlew's Cry

The Curlew s Cry The Curlew s Cry is the story of three decades in the life of Pamela Lacey and a Montana town Descended from pioneers and the daughter of a rancher Pamela lives according to her own script and nothi

  • Title: The Curlew's Cry
  • Author: Mildred Walker Mary Clearman Blew
  • ISBN: 9780803297579
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Curlew s Cry is the story of three decades in the life of Pamela Lacey and a Montana town Descended from pioneers and the daughter of a rancher, Pamela lives according to her own script, and nothing seems to happen as expected The world beats on World War I, the influenza epidemic of 1917, the Great Depression and local fortune rise and fall with the price of beef FThe Curlew s Cry is the story of three decades in the life of Pamela Lacey and a Montana town Descended from pioneers and the daughter of a rancher, Pamela lives according to her own script, and nothing seems to happen as expected The world beats on World War I, the influenza epidemic of 1917, the Great Depression and local fortune rise and fall with the price of beef For Pamela the fight that counts is defined by a sense of independence and pervasive loneliness, by the twists and turns of love and friendship.

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    1. I'm so wonderfully surprised by Mildred Walker! Why have I never heard of her? This is such a beautiful, understated book. It reminded me of both Willa Cather and Edith Wharton in many ways--in Walker's voice, the theme of pioneers, the time it was set in, even the kinds of plot devices those authors would use. Mildred Walker brings up such thoughtful themes in this novel, like: What defines a friendship? Does it have to be constantly fed or could it just exist for many years left alone--and eve [...]

    2. Amazing how this book relies so totally on its protagonist and delves so deeply into her thoughts. This is the book that most mimics some of my own thought processes. It also takes place in the early 1900s and is full of subtle details of action and dialogue that keep you remembering that. The novel was very slow-paced throughout, but I found I developed a sort of affinity with Pamela Lacey that would keep me up late reading it.

    3. I really wanted to like this book because I liked "Winter Wheat" but I didn't like the heroine. She has a chip on her shoulder that lasts most of the book about things that were partly her own fault. I was annoyed by her attitude and skipped most of the book.

    4. Take one part Willa Cather and one part Montana cattle ranch and you have this book. If you want to transport to another time and another place through the lost art of straight ahead fiction this is your book.

    5. I started this book, then set it aside because I thought I might be through my phase of reading only early 20th century literature. I started a contemporary book, which just failed miserably to get my attention, so I turned back to The Curlew's Cry. I am so glad I did! I can't put my finger on why writing in the early 20th century is so superior than most contemporary books. But (IMO) few contemporary authors can come close to the language and structure. [LATER] OK, finished this book. I wanted [...]

    6. Mildred Walker is to Montana literature what Willa Cather is to Nebraska Literature. Several have suggested that her works should be considered classics. For me, her novels remind me of those I read in my teens that nourished my love of literature such as those by Edna Ferber, Bess Streeter Aldrich, and Cather. The story begins in 1905 and centers on two teen girls, Pamela and Rose, and Wrenn, the boy they both admire. With the growth of the state of Montana for a backdrop, the book follows thei [...]

    7. A recent Mildred Walker fan, I looked forward to reading more of her works. This one doesn't disappoint! The Curlew's Cry is complex in theme and its heroine, Pamela Lacey, is a puzzle--even to herself. She attempts to come to terms with her conflicting nature in world that is shifting through WWI, the depression, the developement of the West and struggles with what it means to be an independent woman within the structure of women's roles of that era. Good reading, folks. (But notice I didn't sa [...]

    8. I am reading this book right now. It has created a lot of anxiety in me about marriage choices. Should you divorce someone you married for the wrong reason who bores you, who doesn't understand who you are but is an honorable person? Especially when no children are involved. I like Mildred Walkers writing and thoughtful stories. I will update later.

    9. A nice old lady that I gave a riding lesson to gave me this book.It stuck with me once it was over. I didn't gobble it up, but it was a subtle kind of story that you keep mulling over in your mind.

    10. My interest flagged toward the middle but her point about a young, independent woman in the West (Montana) facing stereotypes was well done. The curlew's cry is a lonely one and was used as a metaphor for Pamela's life.

    11. beautifully written, well paced book of a solitary woman in the changing west of Montana (again, Montana!)

    12. I liked this book which was left at my house by my mom.anks mom! It takes you back to the good old days in the west! I really like Mildred Walker and its a good clean read!

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