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A Good Man

Vanderhaeghe, Guy, 1951- (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Good Man


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Baker & Taylor
"The final installment in his nationally best-selling trilogy, Guy Vanderhaeghe's A Good Man returns to the nineteenth-century Canadian and American West to explore the waning days of one of the world's last great frontiers. Wesley Case, a former soldierand the son of a Canadian lumber baron, sets out into the untamed borderlands between Canada and the United States to escape a dark secret from his past. He settles in Montana where he hopes to buy a cattle ranch, and where he begins work as a liaison between the American and Canadian military in an effort to contain the Native Americans' anger in the wake of the Civil War. Amid the brutal violence that erupts between the Sioux warriors and U.S. forces, Case's plan for a quiet ranch life is further compromised by an unexpected dilemma: he falls in love with the beautiful, outspoken, and recently widowed Ada Torr. It's a budding romance that soon inflames the jealousy of Ada's deeply disturbed admirer, Michael Dunne. When the American government unleashesits final assault on the Indians, Dunne commences his own vicious plan for vengeance in one last feverish attempt to claim Ada as his own"--From front jacket flap.

Perseus Publishing
In the ambitious and masterful final novel of his bestselling trilogy, Guy Vanderhaeghe, returns to the nineteenth century Canadian and American West to explore the final days of one of the world’s last great frontiers.

Wesley Case is a former soldier and son of a Canadian lumber baron who sets out into the untamed borderlands between Canada and the United States to escape a dark secret from his past. He settles in Montana where he hopes to buy a cattle ranch, and where he begins work as a liaison between the American and Canadian militaries in an effort to contain the Native Americans’ unresolved anger in the wake of the Civil War. Amidst the brutal violence that erupts between the Sioux warriors and U.S. forces, Case’s plan for a quiet ranch life is further compromised by an unexpected dilemma: he falls in love with the beautiful, outspoken, and recently widowed Ada Tarr. It’s a budding romance that soon inflames the jealousy of Ada’s quiet and deeply disturbed admirer, Michael Dunne. When the American government unleashes its final assault on the Indians, Dunne commences his own vicious plan for vengeance in one last feverish attempt to claim Ada as his own.


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A final installment in the best-selling trilogy that includes The Last Crossing finds Wesley relocating to a Montana ranch to help negotiate peace between the Native Americans and U.S. and Canadian militaries, an effort that is complicated by his unexpected feelings for widow Ada Tarr.
Wesley relocates to a Montana ranch to help negotiate peace between the Native Americans and U.S. and Canadian militaries, an effort that is complicated by his unexpected feelings for widow Ada Tarr.

Authors: Vanderhaeghe, Guy, 1951-
Statement of Responsibility: Guy Vanderhaeghe
Title: A good man
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press ;, [Berkeley, Calif.] :, Distributed by Publishers Group West,, 2011
Characteristics: 464 p. ;,24 cm.
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Report This Mar 12, 2013
  • glendamiller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Report This Jan 07, 2013
  • Birdwatcher rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Up there with Larry McMurtry as a writer chronicling the history and characters of the West. A really good writer to discover.

In my opinion, the best Canadian novelist currently writing. The main storyline is interesting on its own but what really draws the reader in is Vanderhaeghe's ability to place us in the middle of a fascinating time in Canadian and American history. He reveals the complex relationships and political interactions that existed between the two countries and the many native tribes that were trying to find a place to continue their way of life. By writing a novel in this historical context, Vanderhaeghe illustrates the shameful treatment received by the aboriginal people by the governments of the time.

Report This Jul 17, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the writing, the story and the characters very much. My only hesitation is that I found it skipped around a bit more than I would have liked. I lost patience waiting to see how all the different aspects of the story would come together. Otherwise...a good book with a good ending.

Report This Jun 06, 2012
  • readingchick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This may not be as good as Vanderhaeghe's previous novels but darn close. He has a knack for bringing the "Old West" of Canada into focus for me. His characters are fully fledged and the story line is gripping.

Report This May 16, 2012
  • bette108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some beautiful phrases and interesting, thought-provoking images. Yet, I like Vanderhaeghe's earlier works better.

Report This May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the story of the end of the wild west. It takes place around Forts Benton and Walsh and is set after the American Civil War and rout of Custer. Sadly, it tells of the demise of aboriginal peoples in the west and of Sitting Bull. The author successfully evokes the historical era.

Report This Apr 08, 2012
  • kmoyer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dramatic and gripping epic about the opportunities, realities and hardships that forge the characters of young homesteaders during the turmoil surrounding the settling of North America’s ‘wild’ West. Although I found some of the characters to be particularly disturbing / gruesome, overall the violence underlined the barbaric and horrific aspects (as opposed to heroic, patriotic ideals) of frontier life and the circumstances where people resort to violence and how it affects them and the overall society. An impressive feat is the author’s ability to, whilst focusing on the lives of the main characters, also provide a dynamic picture of the real forces impacting early Canadian nationhood as Sir John A MacDonald and fellow politicians in the settled areas (Ottawa, Toronto etc.) relied on established institutions (legal, political, British & Canadian armies/reserves in the east, Mounties in the West) to attempt to keep all the other major & minor players – the Fenians, Louis Riel, the US government, Native Americans incl. Chief Sitting Bull & the Sioux, lumber barons & prospectors – in hand. In doing so, Vanderhaeghe successfully brings those hazy memories from Canadian history classes alive and presents a far more interesting /thought provoking account of the development of the nation. Brilliant

Report This Apr 07, 2012
  • nipper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

third in the series of cowboy/indian/emerging out west stories after the englishman's boy and the last crossing....his characters are so wonderful, descriptions so accurate and succinct....just a wonderful writer...

Report This Feb 26, 2012
  • bshokal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First time reading this author. Enjoyed the plot unfolding against the history of the relationship between Canada and the US as it concerns in the native peoples.

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