Sunday, February 14, 2010
This House of Sky
Title: This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
By: Ivan Doig
Doig captures a dramatic time in the history of his people settling the wilds of Montana, where growing up, he coped with the death of his mother and relied upon the hard-scrabble genius of his father. "My father had a humor unusual in a tense man, a casual gift of storying which paid no attention to the nerves twanging away in him. This may account for the way people sometimes have talked to me of him as if Charlie Doig were two separate men." The storyteller and the rancher were just two pieces of him. Doig saw his father so clearly that he and the world around him jump off the page, "...I somehow see my father in different sizes at once--the box-jawed man so far above me as a boy, the banty of a fellow beside me when I had grown." The relationships that grew here and the people that shaped the country and this author who grew up to teach and write are shaped with brilliant word pictures, so alive they beg to be sketched.