Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, November 20, 2017


  • Richard S. Wheeler, Eclipse:  A Novel of Lewis and Clark.  Historical novel/western.  "Lewis and Clark:  two great but very different men.  Plainspoken William Clark enjoys the triumph and acclaim of the expedition, marries his childhood sweetheart, and settles in St. Louis as superintendent of the nation's Indian affairs.  His black manservanr, York, who accompanied the expedition, forces Clark to confront the nature of slavery and question the society that condones it.  Meriwether Lewis, a man of fierce courage and brilliant intellect, returns from the pacific a changed man.  Something terrible has happened to him.  A disease with no name erodes his health and threatens to destroy his mind -- and his honor.  In Eclipse, Richard S. Wheeler has written an exploration of triumph and tragedy told in authentically rendered voices of the two greatest American explorers.  Moreover, Wheeler provides a solution -- dark in its ramifications, stinging in its potential for the truth -- to the greatest mystery in American history:  the terrible and unexplained death of Meriwether Lewis in the wilderness of the Natchez Trace of Tennessee in October 1809."  Greatest mystery?  Probably not, not a very intriguing one.  Wheeler is always worth reading.

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