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  1. The Oregon Trail
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  2. The Oregon Trail

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This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.

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Francis Parkman
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Francis Parkman writes with incredible style in these memoirs about his "tour of curiosity and amusement to the Rocky Mountains." He wanted to learn about the Indians, to "live in the midst of them, and become, as it were, one of them." He spent weeks among the Ogallala, and even though he suffered from dysentery he embraced every adventure that came his way. His descriptions included vivid word pictures like "cacti were hanging like reptiles at the edges of every ravine." I particularly enjoyed his understatement in his description of riding a mule. "If one is anxious to place himself in a situation where the hazardous and the ludicrous are combined in about equal proportions, let him get upon a vicious mule, with a snaffle bit, and try to drive her through the woods down a slope of 45 degrees...His mule, if she be a true one, will alternately stop short and dive violently forward, and his position upon her back will be somewhat diversified and... Read more
For one with an interest in the Wild West of the mid 1800's, this is a remarkable journal. The read can be a bit of a task because Parkman's incredible vocabulary uses many words not common in today's language. This makes the reading on Kindle a great idea by use of the dictionary. Although the author believed that the civilization of Native Americans was necessary, he still had a great respect for their customs and beliefs. His picturesque descriptions throughout this work provide an intriguing view of what it must have been like in the wilderness of interior America in those days. Some topics are often repeated, such as the buffalo hunts, but it is a true journal of a trip I can only imagine being part of. I will likely read other works by this writer to get a clearer understanding of life in those times.
This is an amazing story. How true it is, you will have to decide for yourself. It is a must read for anyone interested in Native American culture (warts and all) before it was destroyed. How Parkman could remember all this detail at the end of the day, month, year, or whenever he finally recorded it, boggles the mind. BTW, It has very little to do with the Oregon Trail. The Pioneers are only seen from a distance. What Parkman was really interested in was Indians, Indians and more Indians.
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