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The Last Crossing

by Guy Vanderhaeghe

McClelland & Stewart | May 29, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, in the American and Canadian West and in Victorian England, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of interwoven lives and stories

Charles and Addington Gaunt must find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, enlist the services of a guide to lead them on their journey across a difficult and unknown landscape. This is the enigmatic Jerry Potts, half Blackfoot, half Scottish, who suffers his own painful past. The party grows to include Caleb Ayto, a sycophantic American journalist, and Lucy Stoveall, a wise and beautiful woman who travels in the hope of avenging her sister’s vicious murder. Later, the group is joined by Custis Straw, a Civil War veteran searching for salvation, and Custis’s friend and protector Aloysius Dooley, a saloon-keeper. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each person to come to terms with his own demons.

The Last Crossing
contains many haunting scenes – among them, a bear hunt at dawn, the meeting of a Métis caravan, the discovery of an Indian village decimated by smallpox, a sharpshooter’s devastating annihilation of his prey, a young boy’s last memory of his mother. Vanderhaeghe links the hallowed colleges of Oxford and the pleasure houses of London to the treacherous Montana plains; and the rough trading posts of the Canadian wilderness to the heart of Indian folklore. At the novel’s centre is an unusual and moving love story.

The Last Crossing is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s most powerful novel to date. It is a novel of harshness and redemption, an epic masterpiece, rich with unforgettable characters and vividly described events, that solidifies his place as one of Canada’s premier storytellers.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.2 × 5.9 × 1.04 in

Published: May 29, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771087845

ISBN - 13: 9780771087844

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not For The Faint of Mind/Spirit/Heart A historical fiction written from the perspectives of several different fictional characters as they trek through the northwest plains of the United States and Canada. Built around one real figure in history, Jerry Potts, The Last Crossing gives the reader several insights into the world of the mid nineteenth century in the northwest. This book is not for the uneducated reader- to truly understand the book at any depth, I would expect the reader to need at the very least a keen understanding of history, and a university education in English. Themes of justice, contradicting dualities, and native life lend the plot what it needs to keep the reader interested from page one to three hundred and ninety one. Once you pick this one up, you'll be hard pressed to put it back down. Every time you read it afterward will unveil hundreds of new intricacies you may have missed the first time through- all of which will amaze and surprise you. Simply put, this is one of the best books I've had the fortune to read during my years in University.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I borrowed this book from a friend to read during Christmas break, but it failed to grab my attention after the first, then second chapter. I decided not to waste my time.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated and BORING! The storyline of this book sounds so promising, but I was bored throughout and could not wait to finally finish it. The characters were neither well-written nor believable.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Last Crossing

by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.2 × 5.9 × 1.04 in

Published: May 29, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771087845

ISBN - 13: 9780771087844

From the Publisher

Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, in the American and Canadian West and in Victorian England, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of interwoven lives and stories

Charles and Addington Gaunt must find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, enlist the services of a guide to lead them on their journey across a difficult and unknown landscape. This is the enigmatic Jerry Potts, half Blackfoot, half Scottish, who suffers his own painful past. The party grows to include Caleb Ayto, a sycophantic American journalist, and Lucy Stoveall, a wise and beautiful woman who travels in the hope of avenging her sister’s vicious murder. Later, the group is joined by Custis Straw, a Civil War veteran searching for salvation, and Custis’s friend and protector Aloysius Dooley, a saloon-keeper. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each person to come to terms with his own demons.

The Last Crossing
contains many haunting scenes – among them, a bear hunt at dawn, the meeting of a Métis caravan, the discovery of an Indian village decimated by smallpox, a sharpshooter’s devastating annihilation of his prey, a young boy’s last memory of his mother. Vanderhaeghe links the hallowed colleges of Oxford and the pleasure houses of London to the treacherous Montana plains; and the rough trading posts of the Canadian wilderness to the heart of Indian folklore. At the novel’s centre is an unusual and moving love story.

The Last Crossing is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s most powerful novel to date. It is a novel of harshness and redemption, an epic masterpiece, rich with unforgettable characters and vividly described events, that solidifies his place as one of Canada’s premier storytellers.

About the Author

GUY VANDERHAEGHE was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes The Last Crossing, The Englishman''s Boy, Things as they Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, The Trouble With Heroes, Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General''s Awards (twice), The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Prize, the Writers'' Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize, all for a body of work. He has received many honours including the Order of Canada.

Editorial Reviews

“Rarely are today’s hungry readers invited to such a feast of a book.…Here are brilliant writing, picaresque adventure, plot twists, history and studies of human nature. . . . There are few writers who can encapsulate a character in a single sentence, turn a phrase or manipulate a metaphor as brilliantly as Vanderhaeghe.… The Last Crossing deserves honours and the widest readership. Guy Vanderhaeghe, one of North America’s best writers, is at the top of his form.” –Annie Proulx, Globe and Mail “ The Last Crossing is both a Canadian classic and a rousing adventure.…A tremendous achievement of imagination, capturing the West in all its grandeur. With its intricate layering of stories, constant surprises, unforgettable scenes and characters and dramatic landscape, Vanderhaeghe’s saga is certain to resonate with readers long after they’ve finished the book.” – Calgary Herald “A tour de force. Wonderfully written, suspenseful and totally absorbing, this novel must be [Vanderhaeghe’s] most powerful to date. . . . Many voices take up Vanderhaeghe’s twisting tale and its criss-cross pattern is skillfully woven into a chronicle of singular style and impressive power. This book is a remarkable achievement, a page-turner not only of epic proportions but of exceptional literary merit.…A book impossible to set aside.” – London Free Press “ The Last Crossing is truly Vand
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