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This House of Sky

Landscapes of a Western Mind
By: Ivan Doig
Narrated by: Ivan Doig
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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This House of Sky is Ivan Doig's story about growing up in Montana. When Doig was six, his mother died, leaving his father, rancher and cowboy Charlie Doig, and maternal grandmother, the stalwart Bessie Ringer, to raise him. Times were hard and work was difficult. But they found the strength to endure in their love for one another and a gritty determination to survive. They were, Doig believes, relics of an earlier time and another lifestyle - uncomplaining, unquestioning, accepting the western land with all its hardships and beauty.

But Doig's Montana isn't bleak - it's filled with humor, laughter, and funny, memorable characters whose lives are played out against this big, wild land. Lacing his vivid narration with poetic interludes, Doig masterfully crafts a remarkable memoir. This House of Sky speaks many truths about family, love, loss, and the landscapes that mold us all.

©1989 Ivan Doig (P)1989 HighBridge Company; 16 9; 2000 HighBridge Company

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  • Tater
  • 20-05-19

Powerful story about rural communities

What a insightful story into a time and life of a young Montana man and family.

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  • Bill
  • 13-04-15

A digested version.

I so wish I had listened to this first. Now I must relisten to all.

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  • Joe K.
  • 10-08-08

Seeing is beleiving

Until I moved to Montana, I don't think I could imagine or believe that Ivan Doig was talking about his, not his grandfathers life. Now, I have no doubt. If your longing for wide open spaces come visit Montana.

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  • Bertrand Russel
  • 14-05-07

Disappointed

I read two of Mr. Doig's other books, English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair. They were far superior to this book. He is a great writer and has inspired my own writing, but I was terribly disappointed in what I believe is his first book.

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