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The Track Of The Cat

The Track Of The Cat Clark s classic novel is a compelling tale of four men who fear a marauding mountain lion but swear to conquer it It is also a story of violent human emotions love and hate hope and despair and of th

  • Title: The Track Of The Cat
  • Author: Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • ISBN: 9780874172300
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clark s classic novel is a compelling tale of four men who fear a marauding mountain lion but swear to conquer it It is also a story of violent human emotions love and hate, hope and despair and of the perpetual conflict between good and evil The reason why The Track of the Cat is a novel of the first rank is that its author says something of universal significance TheClark s classic novel is a compelling tale of four men who fear a marauding mountain lion but swear to conquer it It is also a story of violent human emotions love and hate, hope and despair and of the perpetual conflict between good and evil The reason why The Track of the Cat is a novel of the first rank is that its author says something of universal significance The black panther has always been there since the beginning of man s existence in the world It will always be there, looming over man and always to be hunted though never killed San Francisco Chronicle Mr Clark knows his Nevada, as The Oxbow Incident proved, and he knows how to tell a good hunting story The New Yorker This is the real beauty of Walter Clark s masterful prose its wonderful capacity to evoke from the homeliest circumstances the quality of grief and loneliness that exists deep in or under every human effort The New York Times Clark s story is continuously and wonderfully exciting He is able to bring before the reader with extraordinary vividness the clash of stubborn wills in the snowbound ranch house, the unpopulated mountain landscape, the snow and cold, and above all, the hunt itself Yale Review

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    1. This is a stunning novel -- probably a guy book, I have to say -- about two days and nights on a struggling Sierra Nevada ranch as a mysterious black panther attacks its herds and, one at a time, the three brothers in the family, plus their enigmatic Native American ranch hand, go after it. The vast majority of the story takes place in a blizzard that's almost personally lethal, and the long sequence in Book Three when the brother named Curt first hunts and is then hunted by the panther is one o [...]

    2. A mountain lion, apparently crazed, killing the herd for sport, and four men who try to kill it: Arthur (the idealist), Curt (the angry, evil, materialistic, driven one), Joe Sam (the Indian in touch with the supernatural) and Harold (the youngest, the one finding his way, representing the middle way). There are two cats, two evilse real one who kills the cattle and the idealist, and the mythical one which kills Curt and that Joe Sam knows is ever present.

    3. The Track of the Cat by Walter Van Tilburg Clark tells the story of a few days in the life of a Nevada ranching family at the turn of the 20th Century. An unseasonable blizzard has blown in, and a mountain lion has preyed on the family cattle, prompting the elder brothers to track and hunt it. When one is killed and the other begins a multi-day stalk in the storm, the rest of the family--beset by greed, jealousy, and unfulfilled dreams--slowly devour one another. What I like about the novel: On [...]

    4. I read this when I was 14 and systematically going through every book in my home, starting with some classics. This taught me some some things about my taste in books, I could love a book even if it was sad and didn't seemed to give me closure.

    5. Good mood-setting, but the prose was longwinded and often redundant. Made me want to stop reading, and when I get that feeling, I stop reading. Life's too short.

    6. There was a lot to like, especially the Western landscape/vibe and the interesting, elusive qualities of the black panther, but I think this novel required more patience than I was ready to give it at the time of reading. I am not sure if that was the author's fault or mine so am trying not to judge it based on that. Tons of dialogue, detail and imagery which I normally like, but in this case I found it to maddeningly slow down the plot and character development. Evidently many people compare th [...]

    7. An incredible look into the mind of a man bent on revenge against a mountain lion who killed his brother. Some profanity and other bad language.

    8. The thoroughness of the narrative demands patience in parts, but it's deserved. Appreciated the author's Afterword. (Why is there ever a Foreword?)

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