The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Butcher's Crossing

Butcher's Crossing (1960) [Novel]
by John Williams Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: None (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek “an original relation to nature,” drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher’s Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.

Original title: Butcher's Crossing
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaPioneering & Westward Movement
FictionWesternBuffalo Runners

Edition #1: Butcher's Crossing

Butcher's Crossing (0)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A new look at the old story of the west. At last . . . a writer has used the familiar episodes to do what all good fiction should do - give the reader fresh insight into human life." Chicago Tribune
  • "One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West." Stanton Peckham, The Sunday Denver Post
Search at Amazon!

Search at Powells!

Search at AbeBooks!

Manifested in:

Butcher's Crossing (January 16, 2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York City
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590171985
Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 x 0.8 in
Pages: 274

Add to my library

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use