480 pages, 9.3 × 6.33 × 1.46 in
September 13, 2011
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771087403
ISBN - 13: 9780771087400
Read from the Book
CITIZENS OF FORT BENTON TAKE NOTE!You are cordially invited to an EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT! COME ONE, COME ALL! A free-will offering will be collected, all proceeds intended for the relief of friends and neighbors driven from their homes and occupations by the continuing menace from Sioux hostiles. Fort Benton’s own, the charming and talented MISS CELESTE TARR, shall offer a selection of songs both sacred and secular, accompanied by MRS. RANDOLPH TARR on the pianoforte. MOSES SOLOMON, ESQ., has generously donated the use of the MAJESTIC STAR SALOON for this charitable endeavor. Mr. Solomon graciously extends an invitation to the entire populace of Fort Benton, of every age and sex. The sale of alcoholic beverages of any variety or description whatsoever shall not take place during the duration of the concert, nor any disorderly conduct deleterious to a full appreciation and enjoyment of the musical program be countenanced. Program to take place AUGUST 6TH, EIGHT O’CLOCK SHARP!ALL WELCOME WHO KNOW HOW TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES! The saloon is hot as a boiler room, steaming with the animal heat of closely packed bodies. All the faces around him are beaded with perspiration. The odour is as extreme as the heat, the vinegary, pickling brine smell of sweat laced with the barnyard aromas of manure, horse, and mule given off by teamsters, bullwhackers, and hoop- legged waddies. An undercurrent of river mud and fried catfish wafts off the boatmen; the hide hunters and wolfers stin
From the Publisher
Multi-award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe's eagerly awaited new novel is a dazzling follow up to his bestselling The Englishman's Boy and The Last Crossing (a Canada Reads winner!).
A Good Man culminates what could be thought of as a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth-century Canadian and American West, and it is a masterpiece. Vanderhaeghe skilfully weaves a rich tapestry of history with the turns of fortune of his most vividly and compellingly drawn cast of characters yet. Vanderhaeghe entwines breathtaking, intriguing, and richly described narratives that contain a compelling love story, a tale of revenge and violence, a spectacular battle scene, the story of an incident in Welsely's past that threatens his relationship with Ada, and much, much more. While raising moral questions, this novel weaves the historical with the personal and stands as Vanderhaeghe's most accomplished and brilliant novel to date.
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.
A Globe and Mail Best Book
"Vanderhaeghe's frontier trilogy. . . is a rumination on the birth of the nation itself."
"Impeccably crafted . . . deeply satisfying . . . more entertaining than political historical novels about nationhood have any business being. . . . [A] towering achievement worthy of celebration."
—Globe and Mail
"With A Good Man, Vanderhaeghe's eye for implication has never been more clearly focused. . . . It is sure to become, deservedly so, a classic."
"A love story, a thriller, a Conradian meditation on courage and manhood. . . . An epic that matches its grand ambitions."
—Winnipeg Free Press