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100 Must-Read Books of the American West
Wink, who is also a fly-fishing guide in Montana, picks his 10 favorite books set in the American West. When I think of the literature of the American West one hallmark of the genre, as I see it, is the way characters are forced to deal with a powerful, often hostile, landscape. In many cases this basic struggle is what drives the narrative or allows the characters to fully realize themselves. It seems like a simple thing—human response to environment. However, the particular realities of this environment—existing as it does, often largely separate from the trappings of humanity—is at the very core of what separates a Western from a New York novel. I would argue that in the majority of all good writing about the West there is something elemental—the narrative of survival most basic.
The American west in was — in terms of suicide, widespread consumption of drugs, divorce and sexual freedom — a hundred years ahead of its time. What went on in their heads? The most romantic episode in American history and her greatest writer was on the spot! A young Mark Twain left Missouri in , crossed the continent by stagecoach and got his first job as a journalist in the biggest roughest mining town on the western frontier. He wrote it all up in this travel book; the miners and sharpers and the gunslingers he met and smelled and drank with, and the greed and fantasizing that drove everyone on the frontier, himself included. Beneath the surreal lunacy of the frontier there is an even blacker madness and Proulx creates stories and prose that can conduct all the insane lightning that comes her way. Written when the frontier had only gotten as far west as New York State this classic foresaw the whole tragic history of the American frontier and the fate of the Indian.