This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind


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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and ...

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Aug 13, 2015

An elegant work...from deep in the heart

This House of Sky is a classic book, I believe Doig's first. A biographical work, his words and feelings are felt deeply.....not a fast read, but one to be savored!


May 16, 2007

A remarkable family

Ivan Doig is not your ordinary writer, and this classic piece is not your ordinary memoir. It might help if you are familiar with the skies, the weather, and the visual beauty of the west; but if you are not, this tale of growing up in the harsh landscape of Montana will instruct you. It will fold you into the place, the people, and the struggle of one boy's growth. Doig's mother died early, and his grandmother came to join his father in forming a remarkable family. We watch a relationship that begins as scratchy and mutually antagonistic develop into the loving world a man remembers.

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