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The Resource Shoot!, by George Bowering

Shoot!, by George Bowering

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Shoot!
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Shoot!
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by George Bowering
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eng
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  • Cowboys and Indians, outlaws and lawmen, roamed Canada's Old West as well as that of the U.S. Here, Bowering, twice winner of the Canadian Governor General's Award, returns (after Caprice, 1987) to that rugged North with a tale of crime and punishment in the British Columbia of yore. The McLean Gang terrorized Canada's western province in 1879, stealing cattle, horses, guns and whiskey. Half-breeds, the McLean brothers grew up bitter, antisocial outcasts, rejected by both the white and Indian worlds. In Bowering's fictional re-creation of these hard cases' lives, the brothers, fueled by mind-numbing reservation hooch and boasts of retribution, ride out on a wild spree of robbery, rustling and murder. Led by the oldest brother, Allan, the McLeans are a sad gang of misfits eager to become famous outlaws--but without fully understanding why, or the price they will pay for their brief fame. Allan is brooding and dreams of leading an Indian uprising to drive the whites from Native lands. Archie, Alex and Charlie are teenaged gunmen who think only of whiskey, guns and the excitement of outlaw life. Quickly tiring of the McLeans' dangerous game, however, lawmen, bounty hunters and irate ranchers break out their Winchesters and hanging ropes to put an end to the problem. With powerful imagery and crisp narration, Bowers delivers a stinging commentary on the desperation of racism in the harsh environment of the Canadian West. (Jan.)
  • From the author of Caprice (1988), etc.: a historical, set in 1870s British Columbia, in which the moral authority of the victims is undermined by their own vicious behavior. Allen, Charlie, and Archie McLean--half-breed offspring of Donald McLean and his second Indian wife--have always been wild, with a taste for petty larceny and fighting. But they've never been murderers--and neither has their friend Alex Hare, another mixed-blood youth. Johnny Ussher, the constable of Kamloops and one of the story's few sympathetic characters, feels sorry for the McLean boys and Hare and recognizes the confusion of identity their mixed blood causes, as well as the frequent injustices that result. But Johnny hopes that maturity will calm the young men's rage and enable them to make their own place in Canadian society--hopes that are doomed when Annie, the McLeans' sister, gets pregnant by her white employer. The story, from this point, could have been a dramatically compelling one about the human cost of social injustice, except that Bowering's characters flatten out into cardboard: Annie becomes a metaphor for the white man's theft of the Indians' land; Allen McLean becomes less a man led by a spirit guide than a schizophrenic listening to the voice of madness; and the younger McLean boys dream of gaining notoriety as outlaws rather than as brothers united to avenge a sister's honor. When the McLeans and Hare murder Johnny Ussher and an innocent shepherd, they seem not men but robots, lacking remorse, passion, or personality. Even the standoff between the McLeans and the posse, along with the subsequent trial, fails--through having too little human investment--to hold much interest. Bowering beautifully evokes the hard winter landscape, but in a cut-and-paste narrative the characters mutate rather than evolve, and the story collapses under its weight of theme and symbol. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 1995)
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016464
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1935-
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Bowering, George
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fiction
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  • McLean family
  • Indians of North America
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Murderers
  • Outlaws
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Shoot!, by George Bowering
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262437
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
297 pages
Isbn
9780312140458
Lccn
95038773
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780312140458
  • (Sirsi) ABI-9380
Label
Shoot!, by George Bowering
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
262437
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
297 pages
Isbn
9780312140458
Lccn
95038773
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312140458
  • (Sirsi) ABI-9380

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