HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Ride with Me, Mariah Montana

by Ivan Doig

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
396652,904 (3.58)19
This greathearted novel is the finale of Ivan Doig's passionate and authentic trilogy about the McCaskill family and their alluring Two Medicine country along the hem of the northern Rockies. Jick McCaskill, the illustrious narrator of "English Creek," returns as the witty and moving voice in this classic encounter with the American road and all the rewards and travails it can bring. Jick faces his family's -- and his state's -- legacy of loss and perseverance from the vantage point of Montana's centennial in 1989 when his daughter Mariah enlists him as Winnebago chauffeur to her and her ex-husband, the magnificently ornery and eloquent columnist Riley Wright, when their news-paper dispatches them to dig up stories of the "real Montana." Just as the centennial is a cause for reflection as well as jubilation, the exuberant travels of this trio bring on encounters with the past in "memory storms" that become occasions for reassessment and necessary accommodations of the heart.… (more)
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 19 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
This is a very sweet book. It doesn't have the gutsy depth of the previous books in the trilogy. The whole book is a kind of resolution of the tensions of the earlier books. Everything comes out for the best.

I just turned 65 and bought a camper to tool around the country in, so this book really resonated with me! I don't expect quite the level of adventure... but, well, maybe we'll have more adventure! Maybe it's the journalistic perspective that keeps everything in the book at a relatively safe distance.

Anyway it was fun to follow their travels on a map of Montana! ( )
1 vote kukulaj | Jan 31, 2021 |
This may be the weakest entry in the McCaskill Trilogy, but it provided closure and some interesting history of the State of Montana. Jick's daughter, Mariah, asks him to drive her and ex-husband Riley Wright around Montana as they work on a series of stories on the 1989 Centennial for Missoula's newspaper. Riley is the writer, while Mariah is the photographer...the scribbler and the shooter. Traveling in a Winnebago as they criss-cross the state leads to some pretty funny stuff such as this description of the close-up of a buffalo before he decides to attack this strange metal beast: "It was news to me that a buffalo appears to be two animals pieced together, the front half of a shaggy ox and the rear of a donkey. There is even what seems like a seam where the hairy front part meets the hairless rear half. But although they are a cockeyed-looking creature--an absentminded family where everybody had put on heavy sweaters but forgot any pants, is the first impression a bunch like this gives--buffalo plainly know what they're on the planet for. Graze. Eat grass and turn it into the bulk of themselves. Protein machines." (23)

Ivan Doig can write humorous scenes, but he really shines when he describes the majestic country. I have never been to Montana; however, it is on my list of places to visit after reading about the mountains, river valleys, golden meadows, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. His breezy dialogue between these unlikely fellow sojourners was amusing at first but wore thin after awhile. The outcome seemed too predictable...until everything I thought was going to happen fell apart. This book kept my attention and cleared up some back history of the characters. All in all, an enjoyable read. ( )
1 vote Donna828 | Jul 14, 2013 |
5032. Ride With Me, Mariah Montana, by Ivan Doig (read 9 Jun 2013) This is the third volume of Doig's Montana trilogy and was published in
1990. It devotes much time to Montana's 1989 centennial of statehood. Jick, the central character of the first volume of the trilogy, English Creek. is now 65 and his wife has died and he has to decide what to do with his sheep ranch. He and his daughter, Mariah, together with Mariah's ex-husband, the son of Leona, (who Jick's brother Alec wanted to marry in 1939, resulting in a great rift in the McCaskill family) and after a time, Leona, drive around Montana doing stories about Montana. I found this book considerably less interesting than the first two books of the trilogy, and it could easily be skipped, though it does answer some questions about events in the first book of the trilogy. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 9, 2013 |
Characters we've met before as youngsters are now grown-ups in this novel. It's set in 1989 and takes readers along on a complicated trip across Montana. ( )
  Esta1923 | Aug 2, 2012 |
Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

This greathearted novel is the finale of Ivan Doig's passionate and authentic trilogy about the McCaskill family and their alluring Two Medicine country along the hem of the northern Rockies. Jick McCaskill, the illustrious narrator of "English Creek," returns as the witty and moving voice in this classic encounter with the American road and all the rewards and travails it can bring. Jick faces his family's -- and his state's -- legacy of loss and perseverance from the vantage point of Montana's centennial in 1989 when his daughter Mariah enlists him as Winnebago chauffeur to her and her ex-husband, the magnificently ornery and eloquent columnist Riley Wright, when their news-paper dispatches them to dig up stories of the "real Montana." Just as the centennial is a cause for reflection as well as jubilation, the exuberant travels of this trio bring on encounters with the past in "memory storms" that become occasions for reassessment and necessary accommodations of the heart.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.58)
0.5
1 2
1.5
2 6
2.5
3 19
3.5 6
4 19
4.5 3
5 11

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 171,975,775 books! | Top bar: Always visible