Last Bus to Wisdom

Last Bus to Wisdom

Large Print - 2016 | Large print edition.
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A New York Times BestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of August 2015In the immortal American tradition, an unlikely pair light out on the road together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, this is a last sweet gift from a writer who brought untold pleasure to countless readers.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410480262
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE DOIG
Characteristics: 713 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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A nostalgic and heartwarming romp across America, narrated by an imaginative 11-year-old whose antics inspire laughter and hope.

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Feb 10, 2020

Another great book by Ivan Doig….it got a little slow after the first chapters, but quickly became capitating as you read on.

Jun 01, 2019

Another charming coming of age tale from a master storyteller. Donal gets sent from the familiar Two Medicine Country to Wisconsin, when his grandmother has to have serious surgery that will have a long recovery. He has adventures on the "dog bus," but his grandmother's sister is nothing like the sweet woman who's raising him. Even her husband, "Herman the German," can't tolerate her. The two of them fight over his toast every morning, then he retreats to his greenhouse, which she won't come near. Donal learns to avoid Aunt Kate the same way, and he and Herman become friends. Finally, he tells Aunt Kate he's going home because his Grandma's better (though he has gotten no such news). At the first stop, he finds Herman getting on the dog bus. Their adventures increase, and they end up in a tiny town named Wisdom, where a crew of down and outers comes to cut hay. Aunt Kate has made sure Herman's on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The two of them are saved when the ranch owner offers them jobs, even offering Grandma a job as a cook, since he's been wanting to fire the current bad cook for years. This light hearted story has, as do all of Doig's books, both a love of the Two Medicine Country, and some serious moments as well.

Mar 19, 2019

I have a fond place in my heart for Mr Doig so I imagine I rate his books a little higher than I would another author. This feels a bit like a tale told around a campfire, maybe over numerous nights. Although it occurs in the Montana that I just missed for arriving too late, it has the feel of the place, as do most of his books.

Sep 23, 2018

Not sure how I found this one but so glad I did. It was a fun read! Will definitely look for previous tales by the author who has sadly had his last rodeo.

ontherideau Sep 08, 2018

An old fashioned western told from a boy's perspective. Charming

Aug 09, 2018

A great read.

Aug 03, 2018

Similar in some ways to Bartender's Tale, the common denominator being a story told by Donny, a 12 year old boy. This is about discovery, overcoming adversity in various forms and a glimpse into the days of the West years ago along with insights from an illegal immigrant claiming to be related. Doig is a master storyteller, so even those not fascinated with the West, will enjoy the youngster's romp across country on the 'dog bus' as he collects autographs for his book. It's enjoyable, fun and rife with valuable insights into living.

ojwelch Jul 15, 2018

Would love to be able to read this book. Can you get it in Large Print ?

CircMary Aug 15, 2017

Winsome and humorous.... another fond glimpse of life in the West by consummate author Ivan Doig, who died in 2015.

Sep 22, 2016

Ivan Doig's last book, poignant humorous coming-of-age tale of 11 year old Donal Cameron, who travels alone by bus, from his comfortable ranch life with his ailing grandmother to a confusing town life with her fussy sister and cowed husband. The story is rich with adventure and gathered wisdom, one of my top ten these past two years.

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