Shoot the Buffalo

Shoot the Buffalo Sweeping in scope yet unerringly precise in detail Shoot The Buffalo conjoins the dead end narrative of American masculinity with its stubborn twin the Romantic ideal of nature to suggest an ambivale

Sweeping in scope yet unerringly precise in detail, Shoot The Buffalo conjoins the dead end narrative of American masculinity with its stubborn twin the Romantic ideal of nature to suggest an ambivalent way forward, a path of these woods Not since Ken Kesey has a long form literary work subjected the utopian outsider traditions of the North American west coast to such anSweeping in scope yet unerringly precise in detail, Shoot The Buffalo conjoins the dead end narrative of American masculinity with its stubborn twin the Romantic ideal of nature to suggest an ambivalent way forward, a path of these woods Not since Ken Kesey has a long form literary work subjected the utopian outsider traditions of the North American west coast to such an intimate and clear eyed scrutiny.

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Shoot the Buffalo

  1. Matt Briggs grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley, raised by working class, counter culture parents who cultivated and sold cannabis Briggs has written two books set in rural Washington chronicling this life, The Remains of River Names and Shoot the Buffalo Critic Ann Powers wrote of Briggs first book in the New York Times Book Review, Briggs has captured the America that neither progressives nor family value advocates want to think about, where bohemianism has degenerated into dangerous dropping out Briggs has published a number of collection of stories, including The Moss Gatherers and The End is the Beginning Of his stories, Jim Feast wrote in the American Book Review, All of Briggs s zigzagging stories are told with great attention to the details of lowbrow culture and the contours of the American Northwest.

164 Reply to “Shoot the Buffalo”

  1. Like several other books I ve read lately, this one established a world and characters that I was digging only to leap away in time and setting to a whole other deal in this case, the narrator s future life on a Texas army base I dig what Doyle was tryin to do and it s fairly successfulI was just a lot interested in that initial world of the struggles of a semi hippie family making a go of it off the grid in deep green and moist rural Washington.


  2. A thinkin man s pageturner I can t think of any other writer off the top of my head who purely expresses the northwest wet forest than in this book.


  3. This book won the American Book Award It s a moving account of a bluecollar childhood in the rural Pacific Northwest I love this book.


  4. Saturated with the setting of the Pacific Northwest a boy s rite of passage starts out in the wilds of Snoqualmie and pits that mildewy upbringing with his life in the army.where his past generates his every thought, action and relationship The hypothermic death of his sister and the inability of his stoned family to actually support such a traumatic event sums the escapist and lazy nature that complete Aldous adult family support network A depressing read but so regional that, being a PNW guy, [...]


  5. I picked this book up at the library cause I was traveling light it was a tiny book Pleasantly surprised by it A little depressing, but cruising around Hawaii it was a kinda nice contrast to read something set in the chilly damp ol PNW.


  6. I loved the idea of this book, and where it was set Reading books that are set in familiar places is my favorite After finishing this book I feel like I need to just sit quietly You are exposed to so much internal stress and it is very eye opening but also draining It was a great debut novel.


  7. this is a good one.takes place in washington state.i could smell the musty moss and feel the raintt briggs is a GOOD.



  8. The book really evokes the Northwest I half expected to find moss on the pages but in the end, I found it repetitive and depressing.



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