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Ordeal by Hunger The Tragedy Of The Donner Party Constitutes One Of The Most Amazing Stories Of The American West In 1846 Eighty Seven People Men, Women, And Children Set Out For California, Persuaded To Attempt A New Overland Route After Struggling Across The Desert, Losing Many Oxen, And Nearly Dying Of Thirst, They Reached The Very Summit Of The Sierras, Only To Be Trapped By Blinding Snow And Bitter Storms Many Perished Some Survived By Resorting To Cannibalism All Were Subjected To Unbearable Suffering Incorporating The Diaries Of The Survivors And Other Contemporary Documents, George Stewart Wrote The Definitive History Of That Ill Fated Band Of Pioneers An Astonishing Account Of What Human Beings May Endure And Achieve In The Final Press Of Circumstance.


10 thoughts on “Ordeal by Hunger

  1. says:

    Up until a couple of nights ago, lifetime reader that I am and far from young, I had never actually read anything on the Donner party George R Stewart s description of that terrible tragedy has remained the definitive account, which is saying something as it is also probably the best known and most widely recounted story of pioneer journeys ever.Among Americans anyway, you only have to say, the Donner party and the immediate association is cannibalism That much I knew, but little else.From Up until a couple of nights ago, lifetime reader that I am and far from young, I had never actually read anything on the Donner party George R Stewart s description of that terrible t...


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    Ordeal by Hunger George R Stewart s Story of the Donner Party The Donner Party Monument, Truckee, California State ParkI happened to be in Reno, Nevada, in late March, 2012 It was strictly business, assisting a family with whom I have had a significant bond for many years Casinos have no allure for me However historical sites have drawn me to them like a magnet since childhood I owe that to my grandfather with whom I would travel during summers on his bu...


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    Ordeal by Hunger is, um Dated is the kindest word I can think of The naivete of Stewart s racism is almost charming except for the part where it makes me want to throw the book across the room He s also prone to sentimentality about the heroism of the men of the party and the pathos to be milked from the plight of the women and children, and I object to the explicit trivializing of the children s experiences and equally explicit privileging of the men s There is the story, for instance, Ordeal by Hunger is, um Dated is the kindest word I can think of The naivete of Stewart s racism is almost charming except for the part where it makes me want to throw the book across the room He s also prone to sentimentality about the heroism of the men of the party and the pathos to be milked from the plight of the women and children, and I object to the explicit trivializing of the c...


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    This was a fascinating tale of true strength and bravery like no other I have read My boyfriend is a truck driver so he drives Donner s Pass a lot and he has told me about it, so when I saw the made for TV mini series on the Weather Channel over Thanksgiving, I knew I would want to readabout this ordeal Boy, what an ordeal I mean being in cold freezing snowy weather when people were dropping like flies and then eating them in order to survive I WOULD DIE IN A HEART BEAT Excellent book This was a fascinating tale of true strength and bravery like no other I have read My boyfriend is a truck driver so he drives Donner s Pass a lot and he has told me about it, so when I saw the made for TV mini series on the Weather Channel over Thanksgiving, I knew I would want to readabout this ordeal Boy, what an ordeal I mean being in cold freezing snowy weather when people were dropping like flies and then eating them in order to survive I WOU...


  5. says:

    True life horror story of the Donner Party emigrants that end up stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1846 Originally written in 1936 and revised in 1961, it pulls no punches while still maintaining an objectivity that avoids lurid sensationalism A bit dated in style and ethnic sensitivity It s a little like a Tolstoy novel because of the number of characters involved and the back and forth of the various parties and rescue missions.You will never forget the vision of the rescuer...


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    I ve never read anything by George Stewart before and discovered him by way of Wallace Stegner s Big Rock Candy Mountain This was truly a page turner and well written It was written in 1936 so was probably the first book about that incident He seems to have done a lot of research quite a few of the people had left journals and of course about half of them survived He mentions that one of the survivors was still alive at the time of his writing but he she must have been pretty old as the o I ve never read anything by George Stewart before and discovered him by way of Wallace Stegner s Big Rock Candy Mountain This was truly a page turner and well written It was written in 1936 so was probably the first book about that incident He seems to have done a lot of research quite a few of the people had left journals and of course about half of them survived He mentions that one of the survivors was still alive at the time of his writing bu...


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    Gripping account of the Donner Party s struggle to survive during the winter of 1846 in the Sierra Nevada mountains, by an author who interviewed that last living survivors of the party I couldn t believe what they suffered before they even got to Donner Pass, much less afterward I read the boo...


  8. says:

    This book absolutely blew me away I had heard of the Donner Party and knew something of their fate, but nothing can prepare you for their full story.


  9. says:

    Stewart focuses on forming an accurate logistical picture of the travels and trials of 87 members of the Donner Party against a harsh environment, whose wagon train came together around July 1846 near the Great Salt Lake and headed to California over a newly inspired yet little tested route over a dangerously steep pass in the Sierra Nevadas, which the trusted and well traveled Hastings recommended they try in order to save 300 miles had they taken the known and therefore safer emigration trai Stewart focuses on forming an accurate logistical picture of the travels and trials of 87 members of the Donner Party against a harsh environment, whose wagon train came together around July 1846 near the Great Salt Lake and headed to California ove...


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    We just don t know how good we have it today I can t even image traveling across country to California in a wagon, with all my worldly possessions and leaving loved ones behind But that is what thousands of pioneers did to build our cities and towns This is the story of one tragic crossing in 1846 The Donner party consisted of 87 people and was getting a late start in the season They were duped by trail leader who claimed he knew a way that would take 350 miles off the trip and save them ma We just don t know how good we have it today I can t even image traveling across country to California in a wagon, with all my worldly possessions and leaving loved ones behind But that is what thousands of pioneers did to build our cities and towns This is the story of one tragic crossing in 1846 The Donner party consisted of 87 people and was getting a late start in the s...