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Rhodes' 1997 book Deadly Feasts is a work of verity concerning transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) .

Rhodes' 1997 book Deadly Feasts is a work of verity concerning transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), prions, and the career of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek. A few themes stuck out for me in the book.

No work of fiction has rendered this remarkable epic of ordeal with more vividness and power than Richard Rhodes's novel of the Donner Party, The Ungodly. Upon its initial printing in 1973, Rhodes's masterful tale was praised for its realistic and gripping depiction of the struggles faced by that ill-fated group of men, women, and children.

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Rhodes latest book, Hell and Good Company, published in 2015, is about the Spanish Civil War and the changes that came from it. Though less well known as a writer of fiction, Rhodes is also the author of four novels. The Inland Ground: An Evocation of the American Middle West.

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Rhodes came to national prominence with his 1986 book, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", a narrative of the history of.

Rhodes came to national prominence with his 1986 book, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", a narrative of the history of the people and events during World War II from the discoveries leading to the science of nuclear fission in the 1930s, through the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. cite book last Rhodes first Richard year 1970 others illus.

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In 1846 several hundred wagons set out from Independence, Missouri, to follow the California Trail nearly 2,000 miles across unpopulated prairies, up sluggish and seemingly endless rivers, and through the Rocky Mountains over the Continental Divide. There, where the water flowed west to the far Pacific, the more prudent emigrants swung north through present-day Idaho, though that was the longer way west. One group, the Donner Party, braver or more foolhardy than the rest, chose an untried route that would shorten the distance. It did. It also subjected them to obstacles so formidable that it cost many of them their lives. Yet it preserved their names and the story of their travail down through history-crowded years. No work of fiction has rendered this remarkable epic of ordeal with more vividness and power than Richard Rhodes's novel of the Donner Party, The Ungodly. Upon its initial printing in 1973, Rhodes's masterful tale was praised for its realistic and gripping depiction of the struggles faced by that ill-fated group of men, women, and children. Now, more than thirty years later, Stanford University Press has reissued this harrowing and haunting novel. The Ungodly is an unforgettable story of terrible hardship and awesome courage―a story that increases our understanding of what kind of people made this nation and what a full and immeasurable price they paid.

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Dugor
As an introduction to the story of the Donner Party, this is a good choice. Unfortunately, that's because of some "wrong reasons." Rhodes takes huge liberties with the historical record in order to create a good novel. As one example, the terrific climax, which is foreshadowed by a number of details throughout the book is, like the details, total conjecture. (And rather perniciously, the conjecture is now turning up in subsequent books, giving it the weight of fact.)

Rhodes takes a peculiar route to telling the story, mimicking the style (and, in the Stanford reprint, even the typeface) of 19th-century travel literature. It is as if he is a participant, keeping a daily journal. In fact, when Patrick Breen begins keeping a journal, Rhodes includes that. Breen's journal is a model of tediousness, seldom offering more than "Snowed again. Sure hungry. Wind SSW," as the observations of a day. The quotations are more like illustrations than text that advances the story.

And of course Rhodes is not a participant; he's a modern American almost as distant from the realities of the event as he is from life on Mars. His Donner party is not just literate but far too modern in their sensibilities. The effect is subtle, like the wrong herb in a sauce.

The journalist's eye approach falls into difficulty almost immediately, when the action splits into two, then three, and eventually four or more venues. Even as well as I know the story (I've recently read a handful of Donner books), I was confused at times when a paragraph on the cabins was followed by one on the Forlorn Hope struggling westward, then one about Jim Reed recruiting rescuers in San Francisco, all without transition. This is a rather artificial confusion that does nothing, again, to advance the story. It leaves us reflecting on the author's skill rather than on the story.

So it's historically inaccurate and hard to follow. Uh, how does that make it a good place to start? Well, although more than 50% of the story is invented, and a good deal is invented in defiance of the historical record, the result of the invention is a solid, entertaining novel that gives you a grasp of what happened. Not all the facts are historical, and the motivations are subjective, and both these things are potential flaws in a historical novel.

As fiction, it works. Rhodes demonizes Lewis Keseberg, but as a literary invention, his Keseberg is a credible monster. He invents some demeaning things about Charles Stanton, but they could be true. He humanizes the cannibalism decided upon in three different locations independently; each group rationalizes its decision in a different way. If the narrative flow is a bit startling, once we accept it, the story unfolds cleanly.

Is this the best book on the Donner tragedy? Weighing its faults and merits, I have to say no. But "best" isn't just subjective, it's situational. If you want to get as clear as you can about what really happened, based on the most current evidence, then the best book without question is Rarick's new history, Desperate Passage. It strips the story down to the verifiable and gives you that is spare, readable prose. However, aside from Stewart's casual and complacent bigotry, Ordeal by Hunger is easier to read and more immediate.

If you want a sense of the event from inside, on the ground, as the people suffered and died, read Vardis Fisher's The Mothers, which I still consider the best fictional account. Written in 1943 by a man who grew up on the Idaho frontier and knew hunger first-hand, it's hard to beat. But I have to confess that I had to think a long time before choosing it over The Ungodly.
Went Tyu
This author never disappoints. Great story, great writing. The book was not available from my local public library, and Amazon was the only place I could purchase this book.
Dancing Lion
This novel was published in 1973, a year in which some Republicans wished Nixon could stop being president so nobody would think that their president was a crook who could never admit he earned every penny like a cloth coat puppy. As American history keeps its surprises well hidden in daily nothingness, literary life sets up the situation for a fool to tell Virginia:

That was your mother you just ate.

The English establishment church had Henry the ate as a key leader of government by Christian iron knee, so sheep who just had a moon landing could read this novel as Ford and Jimmy Carter provided new ways of getting political rocks off, Ford went to Poland to discover cheering crowds produce the most intoxicating form of free leadership. Carter noticed the service option imposed by Ford's amnesty mainly appealed to deserters in Canada who did not want to be arrested for returning to the United States, The Iron Heel discipline of mental probation with medical meddling was being imposed on uppity lip for laughing screaming eagles excited by violations of community standards.

I read Ordeal by Hunger before I watched the mountain movie Heaven's Gate. Vile fig leaves in fiction cloak great regret; our own regret can inspire others to face a world in which everybody is getting crap. Oxen yoked to doom by American Indians shooting poison arrows in 1846 The names of the younger people going to California included Virginia Reed on her pony Billy on page 7. Being thirteen years old with new destinations as a sensitive soul climbing over an ungodly world could put your mother in a soup.
Ese
While clearing out my mother's house, I found this book and started to read. Once I got past the unusual punctuation, and suspended my belief in the total accuracy of the story, it soon became a compelling story, and I couldn't easily put it down. I hadn't read a history of the tragedy before reading the novel, but now I plan to. Rhodes had to keep track of the fate of many characters, and that got confusing at times, but after I focused on the actual Donner family, it became easier to absorb the tid-bits of information sprinkled throughout the book.
All in all, a good introduction to the Donner party story for those who find it difficult to pick up a dry history of the event. And an excellent novel of the choices one may have to make in order to survive under appalling conditions. Further, it raised the question of what one would do under the same circumstances, and it certainly helped me to appreciate anew the hardship our pioneer families underwent to move West. Rhodes also didn't shrink from touching on the manifest destiny belief these people held at the time--which made the story all the more compelling. They didn't have to move West, yet they chose to go.
The Ungodly: A Novel of the Donner Party (Stanford General Books) download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Richard Rhodes
ISBN: 0804756414
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford General Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2007)
Pages: 384 pages