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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride (edició 2009)

de Daniel James Brown

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In April 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.… (més)
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Títol:The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
Autors:Daniel James Brown
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Etiquetes:Donner Party, emigrants, pioneers, American West, survival, disaster

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Daniel James Brown deals with the tragedy of the Donner party and their trek to make it to California. The book revolves around Sarah Graves and her family when her father, mother and 8 brother and sisters decide to try their luck in California. Disastrously, they take the advice of a Stephen Meek who told them a route which would be easier to take. However, this man never took this route but trusting him, the party followed his directions and so begins their harrowing trip followed by starvation, freezing temperatures, snow and death of several members of the party. Well written and thoroughly researched! ( )
  JulieLill | Jul 20, 2021 |
This is THE ONLY book about the Donner Party you should bother reading. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
When you think you're having a bad day, read The Indifferent Stars above and learn what it was like to be traveler in the Donner Party in the 1840's.
Moving west on foot and covered wagons from Illinois to their intended destination, California, the party became separated with their guide. Lost between mountains and more mountains, snowed in and with little or no provisions their fortitude and willingness to survive beyond the imaginable are disclosed.
Interspersed with the events of the journey, the author offers historical information of what life in the mid 19th century entailed. He also includes other instances of people in similar circumstances.
An engrossing read, for sure! ( )
  Carmenere | Mar 11, 2021 |

The story of the Donner Party is so incredible that you don't need to fancy it up at all, just tell it accurately and honestly and sympathetically. This book does a great job of exactly that. Despite how large this event looms in our collective imagination, I knew almost nothing about what actually happened. Nor did I know much about the experience of westward emigrants beyond what our generation learned from playing Oregon Trail. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about both of these things in a format that was enlightening but also very engaging. It's so well-written that I never found myself getting bogged down in the early parts that cover everyday life on the trail, or even becoming impatient for drama that we know waits on the horizon. The disaster itself is meticulously documented, and laid out in a way that helps make sense of a complicated and messy affair. We even finish with some context that places the Donner Party and its members in the greater historical narrative of the settling of California. ( )
  iangreenleaf | Jan 26, 2021 |
Riveting true story of the Graves, Donner and other families on the arduous trek in 1846/1847 across the Sierra Nevada's to California.
Similar style to Erik Larson ( )
  starkravingmad | Dec 8, 2020 |
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“The Indifferent Stars Above” is an ­ideal pairing of talent and material.
 
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And they had nailed the boards over her face,

The peasants of that land,
Wondering to lay her in that solitude,
And raised above her mound
A cross they had made out of two bits of wood,
And planted cypress round;
And left her to the indifferent stars above.
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The night before Sarah left Illinois for California, a full moon -- as plump and promising as a pearl -- hung over Steuben Township.
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Death was the rule, life the exception. Life was at best a transitory dream, set in a universe that was entirely indifferent to his fate.
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In April 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

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