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In his National Book Award winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome With Butcher s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern AmericaIt is the s, and Will Andrews, red up by Emerson to seek an original relation to nature, drops out of Harvard and heads west He washes up in Butcher s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere Butcher s Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time Winter soon overtakes them they are snowed in Next spring, half insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher s Crossing to nd a world as irremediably changed as they have been Butcher's Crossing

About the Author: John Williams

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name.John Edward Williams, Ph.D University of Missouri, 1954 M.A., University of Denver, 1950 B.A., U of D., 1949 , enlisted in the USAAF early in 1942, spending two and a half years as a sergeant in India and Burma His first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published in 1948, and his first volume of poems, The Broken Landscape, appeared the following year.In the fall of 1955, Williams took over the directorship of the creative writing program at the University of Denver, where he taught forthan 30 years.After retiring from the University of Denver in 1986, Williams moved with his wife, Nancy, to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he resided until he died of respiratory failure on March 3, 1994 A fifth novel, The Sleep of Reason, was left unfinished at the time of his death.

10 thoughts on “Butcher's Crossing

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    You get born, and you nurse on lies, and you get weaned on lies, and you learn fancier lies at school You live all your life on lies, and then maybe when you re ready to die, it comes to you that there s nothing,

  2. Cecily Cecily says:

    Why read a historical novel about a privileged Harvard dropout who wants to find himself by going on a buffalo hunt 1 It s by John Williams, who wrote one of my three favourite novels, Stoner, which I reviewed HERE,

  3. Dolors Dolors says:

    Williams biggest achievement in this novel is that there isn t an ounce of overblown characterization in the diverging life perspectives that populate Butcher s Crossing, an emerging town in the Great Plains of the old

  4. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    The bright flare of a match, the creaking of saddle leather, and the mournful lowing of the oxen The smell of scorched coffee permeates the air, joining the stink of buffalo hunters too long on the trail Later, the confusi

  5. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    Andrews dropped to his hands and knees and swung his head from side to side like a wounded animal My God he said thickly, My God, my God.A whole winter s work, Miller said in a flat dead voice It took just about two minutes

  6. Howard Howard says:

    John Williams wrote four novels None of them, however, sold many copies during his lifetime I remember some years ago seeing and scanning stories about John Williams with headlines such as The Best Writer You Never Heard Of, or

  7. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    A Holocaust of HidesHe could hardly recall, now, the passion that had drawn him to this room and this flesh, as if by a subtle magnetism nor could he recall the force of that other passion which had impelled him halfway across a co

  8. Ted Ted says:

    he believed and had believed for a long time that there was a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if he unconsciously yielded to it, would direct him aright 48Now Andrews could see the herd clearly Against the pale yellow green of the

  9. Jessaka Jessaka says:

    A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell. a death wind for my people Sitting BullThey came down into valley, and the buffalo herds were moving darkly over the land like waves on the ocean The men slowly moved in on

  10. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    One of the joys of reading chaotically, picking up books from the TBR stack at the whim of the moment and not according to some master plan, is to discover that succesive reads turn out to be related after all The Great Gatsby is concerned

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