- File Size: 3356 KB
- Print Length: 420 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (April 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0026SCNDQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great book, heartwarming, detailed story telling and proves that women in those days were tough and hardy pioneers.
I’ll never forget this story...it’s just too heartbreaking and also hopeful not leave behind in my thoughts
Top international reviews
The author recounts the story of the Donner party – from when they set out for California from Illinois, through their horrible sufferings and ultimately to the arrival of the survivors at their original destination. Along the way, he describes what life was like for these pioneers in the mid-nineteenth century and how difficult it was to travel to new and wild frontiers.
I found the story to be extremely well-told. The author is very clear regarding what these starving humans went through. He is very compassionate in his narrative but pulls no punches when describing the horrors that occurred. This is a book that could be enjoyed by American history enthusiasts as well as by those who enjoy tales of survival. It would also likely be of interest to those curious about human behavior in face of life-threatening circumstances.
The only thing did not like was the constant "dark cloud on the horizon". Basically every chapter ends with a variation "but the trouble was only beginning" or "the worst part was still to come". In the beginning I liked it, but after the tenth repeat I was "yeah, I get it, they are up a certain creek without a paddle". Apart from that an incredible book. Get it!