TRASK by Don Berry
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There is excitement and suspense in recounting this tale of true adventure in Oregon Territory in the 1840's. Written as fiction, it has- through the identity of Trask, its central character and a real person- an authentic feeling of a searching exploration of the impact of the cultures of the Indian world and the encroaching white world. Eldridge Trask, after pioneering for seven years in the Oregon mountains, wishes to settle his family on the rich lands of the coast, where five rivers run into the ocean. Charley, an intelligent and loyal Chinook Indian, volunteers to act as guide. It is a perilous trek by foot, and the destination in the land of the hostile Killamooks promises to be even more perilous. The last part of the book deals with the subtle negotiations, the reaching for understanding, the play of personalities between the white man and the great chief, part African, of the Killamooks. Trask has to prove himself a man- not just a white man, and to do it in dramatic fashion. The telling is simple, yet majestically pictorial. Don Berry is a significant newcomer.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1959
ISBN: 0870710230
Publisher: Viking