Sweet Thunder

Sweet Thunder

Large Print - 2013
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In the winter of 1920, a bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss proves to be less windfall than money pit. And the town, with its polyglot army of miners struggling against the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410461339
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Doig
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Aug 21, 2019

This is the last and least of the three books in this trilogy. The characters are mostly well rounded. It's the plot that's not up to snuff. Morrie and his new wife Grace return to Butte from a very long and happy honeymoon. Again, neither of their trunks arrives. He's handed a legal paper, a bequest. It turns the home of his former boss, Sandy, owner of the city library, over to Morrie and Grace--along with Sandy, who will continue to live there. Morrie and Grace will be responsible for upkeep. That means, of course, that he will still need a job. Grace still owns her boarding house, and since she's aware of how money can slip through Morrie's fingers, she's going to hang on to it and continue to take in boarders. Hoop and Griff, the retired miners who've grown to look alike, will stay with her, paying her their rent. But the retired miners spend most of their time at the "manse," taking care of the creaking stairs and plumbing problems that have developed over the three years since Sandy's wife died. Another thread of plot is what Morrie finds as a new job. The union is forming a newspaper to counter the pro-Anaconda mine newspaper. His job is as the editorial writer, and he loves it. There's even a spot for Famine, the skinny orphan, who's now in Rab's class for juvenile delinquents. Given his size, he gets beat up on a lot, even though Morrie tries to teach him to box. Jared's in the state legislature, and Famine lives with the two of them. Sandy spends most of his days at the Public Library. Eventually, the mining company rag seems to be winning over that of the union, and Morrie comes to believe that somebody's leaking his editorials. Sad as it makes him, he thinks it's Famine. One morning he follows the boy; sure enough it's him. The boy sees him in a window reflection, gets frightened, and takes off running. Morrie knows where he's headed. The boy is very fast, and Morrie is afraid he knows what Famine will do. He's right. He finds the boy at the top of the now-closed mine where his father and uncle both died. The climax of the book is whether or not Morrie can talk the boy out of his avowed intent to jump into the mine.

Sep 14, 2015

Ivan Doig has been one of my favorite writers. He tried to be funny in this one. He isn't funny.

Dec 01, 2013

Morrie Morgan and new wife Grace are back in Butte, living in the Sandison mansion and with Morrie at work on the labor-supportive newspaper, the Thunder. Labor shenanigans drive the plot of this tale with lots of verbal skirmishes from Morrie, the editorial writer.

I like the characters in this now third book with Morrie center stage. This one fell a little short for me with all the old-time news writing, although there?s much to love with the literary references between Morrie and the book-loving library director Sandison. Doig knows and loves the West; so do I.


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