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East of the Mountains by David Gutterson

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This Book was written by David Guterson. He wrote another book which I

don't know much about called Snow Falling on Cedars. But he wrote this

book which I was interested in certain parts of it, such as his ideal of wanting

to commit suicide, a drifter who gave him some help on lessening the pain,

and when he talked about his pass of when he was recruited from Camp Hale.

This was a good book in my opinion.

This book was set in the season of fall and it was around 1997. In the

book he talked of his past when he was a little kid with his dad and when he

was growing up meeting his wife. The area was a country type place in a rich

apple growing region. In the state of Washington were he goes to many

mountains in the surrounding area. This was the setting of the book.

There were many characters in this book. The main character of this

book was Ben Givens a seventy- three year old retired heart surgeon. The

whole story was set around him. Then there was his family which he talked

about, Rachel who was his wife which who had pass away before him, Renee

his daughter, Chris his grandson, Emma his granddaughter, Aidan his brother,

and Wright Givens his father. Also he had two hunting dogs which were

brow and white Brittanies named Rex and Tristan. On his hunting trip were

he had planned

on committing suicide he had met many people. A young

couple who really get along with each other, a drifter who gave him some

marijuana to ease the pain of his cancer, a veterinarian, a rancher and a

migrant worker.

The summary of this story starts when Ben wakes up from another

night of suffering from colon cancer. This day he had planned on his hunting

trip that would ease his suffering. He had everything ready in the morning

and he made it seem like he was just going on a hunting trip. Right when he

starts his journey he gets into a car wreck destroying his car. But he is picked

up by a couple that takes him to place that Ben thinks he can rent a car from.

When he finds he can't and is trying to hitch a ride he meets a man that give's



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