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Far bright star by Robert Olmstead

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Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C .
Written in English


  • Villa, Pancho, -- 1878-1923 -- Fiction,
  • United States. -- Army -- History -- Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916 -- Fiction,
  • Soldiers -- United States -- Fiction,
  • Revolutionaries -- Mexico -- Fiction,
  • Mexican-American Border Region -- Fiction

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Edition Notes

Statementby Robert Olmstead.
LC ClassificationsPS3565.L67 F37 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22552284M
ISBN 109781565125926
LC Control Number2008041858

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  Robert Olmstead's book uses language to weave a spell which made me feel the heat of the Mexican desert. Napoleon Childs, a grizzled career soldier, is part of the U.S. force that chased Pancho Villa through the countryside in after his raid on Columbus, New Mexico/5(49).   Far Bright Star is a little like kissing your sister. Most of the book is an excellent "tell me a story", however, the end is a bit like a college freshmen literature lesson. With that being said, its still a pretty good read. Originally posted on Far Bright StarBrand: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Set in , Far Bright Star follows Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, as he leads an expedition of inexperienced soldiers into the mountains of Mexico to hunt down Pancho Villa and bring him to justice. Though he is seasoned at such missions, things go terribly wrong and the patrol is brutally attacked.   by Robert Olmstead Robert Olmstead's Far Bright Star is a stunning and savage novel, an uncompromising look at the irrationality and sad inevitability of war.

Far Bright Star In this stark, intense work, Robert Olmstead, the award-winning author of six previous novels (most recently Coal Black Horse), has given us a harrowing landscape where survival is a daily struggle. To become complacent is to die. A veteran soldier battles for survival in another meditative, beautifully written novel from Olmstead (Coal Black Horse, , etc.).The story begins in the summer of , a few months after Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, N.M. Officer Napoleon Childs has led a U.S. Army expedition deep into the Mexican desert in pursuit of this chimerical figure. Editions for Far Bright Star: (Hardcover published in ), (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), (Ki.   Now comes Far Bright Star, Olmstead's seventh book of fiction and perhaps his finest work to date. It's a terse, violent book, wrung dry of all excess and possessed of a /5.

Far Bright Star is not an easy book; it carries a huge emotional wallop that can leave the reader feeling drained by the novel's end. The author also poses a number of ethical questions within the narrative for which he provides no answers. Robert Olmstead's 'Far Bright Star' continues his gleaming, spellbinding fiction -- familiar to readers of 'Coal Black Horse' Updated ; Posted By Karen R. Long, Special to. Far Bright Star, a loosely linked sequel to Olmstead's Civil War/coming of age classic, Coal Black Horse, is every bit as engaging and beautifully written as its predecessor. At the conclusion of Coal Black Horse, the book's young protagonist, Robey Childs, marries and fathers two /5(7). Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, and was a #1 Book Sense pick and a Border’s Discover pick. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant, and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.