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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Wandering Hill
  • Larry McMurtry
  • English
  • 10 March 2015
  • 9780743262705

10 thoughts on “The Wandering Hill

  1. aPriL does feral sometimes aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    'The Wandering Hill' book 2 has a much different tone than the first book 'Sin Killer' in the Berrybender series It reads like straightforward western adventure romance similar to 19th century American dime novels but modernized by contemporary scholarship The author's intentional undertone of satire in the first Berrybender book is completely gone What remained of the Berrybender party journeyed across America from the Missouri to Yellowstone gentle reader we are not told of this trip and now as the book opens the Berrybender troupe are resting amongst new friends primarily mountain men at a Yellowstone River trading post One of those new friends is Kit Carson However dear reader in this realistic rendering of Carson he is of a man than manlyThe intent of the mountain men is a trip to an annual meeting of fur sellers and buyers particularly the Rocky Mountain Fur Company but the word 'intent' feels almost like too strong of a word to use The fur animals have almost been trapped out so the yield is low The men have been noticing also everywhere they travel they run into people Besides other mountain men the west is a country is full to their eyes of peculiar European aristocrats painters and proto scientists Indians are about as well but they are becoming an anachronism already shadows of their former selvesThe chapters alternate between viewpoints of the Berrybender party characters and various Indians and through their observations we learn a bit about the social customs and historical adventures of 1833 The true main character though is Travel in the American West While using humor is often how these hardy people handle the terrors and adversarial conditions of living together in the Wild many of them are mourning how the territories are changing Mourning is not for the Berrybenders however The surviving family members are continuing to follow Lord Berrybender as he struggles through an alcoholic fog to remember the point of his vacation in the West hunting and shooting everything that moves while camping out Tasmin spirited eldest daughter is continuing to stir up trouble with her feisty ways The fact she is pregnant barely registers until whether she and especially her mountain man husband Jim Snow wants it or not the baby is bornThis book is a fun informative entertainment but I would recommend reading 'Sin Killer' first although it is not entirely necessary However reading in order provides the backstory which does fill in a bit information about the Berrybenders Personally I am finding the Berrybender characters very comic and two dimensional but The Dying Wild West Adventure is the real story

  2. John John says:

    Back to the Berrybenders It was kind of nice to revisit this story it had been about a year since I listened to the first in the series This one was fun too though I had some issues with it There is always a little dithering in the middle books of a series I feel like there was solid plot in book one Sin Killer and the plot outline for much of this second book seemed to be the gang winters at a fort; various people have arguments I got really tired of chapter after chapter of Tasmin and Jim arguing and then individually mulling over the wisdom of their relationship And Pomp mulling over whether he was really an Indian or a European A lot of mulling over I think the reader can pick up on these sorts of interior struggles through action and dialoguenot that there isn't a place for interior monologue but it feels a bit overused here However I did like the way McMurtry combines real people with fictional people and gives everyone a personality I also like that he allows the Indian characters a rich interior life as well he gives them the same grudges and joys and motivations as everyone else Of note I and my wife amazingly since she only listened to 2 of 9 discs with me both guessed one of the climactic deaths way before it happened We both said I'll bet it's that's going to get it And it was So perhaps a bit predictable I'm going to keep going with the Berrybenders thoughMcMurtry accomplished the most important goal He got me hooked into the story

  3. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    Just to give you an idea of McMurtry here is a brief summary of Chapter 33 A Blackfoot name Antelope gets stabbed with a lance that goes right through him To everyone's amazement he survives In fact he did not seem to be feeling too bad He could not run as fast as he used to a uality which had made him uite attractive to the Blackfeet women Surprisingly they seemed to find him even attractive now With the lance in him Antelope had to sleep on his side He found that uncomfortable He did not want to pull out the lance because he thought it would allow his soul to escape through the hole So he sawed off both ends and changed his name to Man with a Plug in His Belly I love that

  4. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    The grandiose style is lost in this the second volume of the Berrybender narratives – despite the uality at times of the dialogue and story telling It is too long and suffers from being too static with little of the sparkling characterizations of the first book There is little descriptive traveling and many of the themes of volume I are repeated I came to dread the passages of the strained relationship between the erudite Tasmin and her hapless speechless husband And enough of Lord Berrybender’s buffoonery It all comes across as a Western soap opera And having young grizzly bears frolicking with infants is a fairy tale – get real McMurtryNevertheless when we are spared the follies of the Berrybenders’ and their marital sexual discords there is interesting reading and the short chapters at least save us from long intervals And because I am in the midst of traveling and do not have an e reader yes I am technologically for books at least still in the 20th century I must move onto volume III which is in my suitcase

  5. Aaron Aaron says:

    Disappointing The first was much better

  6. Jim Clinton Slusher Jim Clinton Slusher says:

    I didn't particularly care for the first book in this series and I'm not sure what stirred me to pick up this second I think it's just that I like Lonesome Dove so much that I figured there must be something to this series than the sort of haphazard slapstick of The Sin Killer There is This book was really engaging on so many levels characters who were one dimensional and uninspiring in the first book here become multi faceted engaging individuals some of whom you kike some who disgust you some you admire and all who have the capacity to engage you The situations are unpredictable and at times arresting but they're always believable The description is vivid and diverse and the writing is neatly layered I could think of countless writing themes one could explore his use of dialog his balance of narration and exposition his development of personal and family relationships his knowledge of the historical subject matter and so many No this is not Blood Meridian the pinnacle of the genre for me but it has a very raw compelling dust and blood feeling that is both enjoyable and thought provoking I've now started the third of the four books in the series and I'm uickly finding it as literary and engrossing as the second

  7. Betsy Betsy says:

    Narrator Alfred Molina Great narrator I think this book suffers from Second in Series Syndrome I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in Sin KillerSin Killerand laughed my way through But in The Wandering HillThe Wandering HillI just found them tiresome I couldn't figure out why Tasmin was with Jim Snow I couldn't figure out why everyone just shrugged at Bobbety or Father Geoffrin or who was Kate? What happened to Jim Snow's personality? And I couldn't figure out why Lord Benderberry did any of the things he did his character seemed to have gone from farce to just plain sillyWell Second in Series Syndrome usually means the next one is better I'll pick up By Sorrow's Riversometime later to see what becomes of them

  8. Nigel Nigel says:

    The tumultuous bloody and almost heedless trek of the Berrybenders continues albeit much of it spent stalled in a trapper's fort waiting for the spring Tasmin and Sin Killer's married bliss is interrupted by a bout of domestic abuse Lord Berrybender deteriorates mentally but remains utterly appalling Babies are on the way no less than three are born in the course of the novel Pity the poor babies Barely crawling and they are subjected to long treks across deserted wilderness buffalo stampedes Indian attacks and encounters with the odd cactus Readers of the first volume will not be surprised that some of those alive at the end of Sin Killer will no longer enjoy that happy state by the end of The Wandering Hill Means of death are varied but death by buffalo and no not the stampede gets in early for most horribly memorable The story itself remains fresh and unpredictable and Tamsin develops nicely as a memorable scrappy bad tempered heroine maturing in her attitudes as life and death teach her harsh lessons abut themselves One suspects with two volumes to go there are a surfeit of both on the way

  9. Mallory Mallory says:

    Volume two of this series is just as bawdy and perhaps violent than the first However there’s also a fascinating love story developing between Jim Snow and his new wife Tasmin Why has someone of her station become attached to this independent seemingly untamable man? Likewise what is it that draws him to her? It’s fun watching them try to fit in and adapt to each other’s worlds Tasmin’s uick acceptance of his Indian wife was a surprise The introduction of numerous other characters continues to expand upon the idea of a shrinking West Favorite uotes “You will just have to get used to the inconveniences Papa You’ve strayed into a democracy – a great mistake from your point of view I’m sure The citizens around here are rather determined to do as they please” – Tasmin Snow nee Berrybender “Which was better freedom with its risks or the settled life with its comforts?”

  10. Bonnie Plested Bonnie Plested says:

    I read Lonesome Dove and got hooked Read the series and watched the DVDs of the series thanks to our local public libarary If you haven't read The Sin Killer please do go back and read This will be a two star book without background to make you interested in the characters Thank goodness my friend loned me Sin Killer to read before ploughing through the many characters in this series The Wandering Hill refers to a Native American belief that a certain hill is filled with devils that will attack anyone who comes too near Naturally that means the wandering hill threatens danger if not death The omen turns out to be prescient in this story The book finished with plenty of unanswered uestions which of course leads onto the 3rd and 4th book in this series

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The Wandering Hill❰PDF❯ ✅ The Wandering Hill Author Larry McMurtry – The Barnes Noble ReviewThe second novel in Larry McMurtry's spirited and lively Berrybender series is packed with the the same blazing humor and satire as as its predecessor Sin Killer But The Wanderi The Barnes Noble ReviewThe second novel in Larry McMurtry's spirited and lively Berrybender series is packed with the the same blazing humor and satire as as its predecessor Sin Killer But The Wandering Hill also establishes a thoughtful ambiance as the aristocratic Berrybender family perseveres on The Wandering MOBI :Ê its uest through s frontier AmericaTrapped at a trading post by awful weather during a devastating winter the contentious brood must contend with Indian attacks a buffalo stampede and boorish mountain men as well as one another Raucous and playful this installment in the saga is a highly amusing read populated with colorful unforgettable characters a perfect blend of adventure whimsy and charismatic folktale McMurtry's shrewd and astute narrative is filled with lissome prose keen authenticity and the kind of droll wit that will keep you chuckling nonstop Tom Piccirilli.

About the Author: Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls Texas on June He is the author of twenty nine novels including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove three memoirs two essay collections and than thirty screenplays His first published book Horseman Pass By was adapted into The Wandering MOBI :Ê the film Hud A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini serie.