Books: Oregon Fever

THE LAND IS BRIGHT—Archie Binns— Scribner ($2.50).

In a little over a decade the Oregon Trail carried "the greatest migration in history since the Children of Israel went to the Promised Land." In fiction, the old Oregon Trail is still well plodded. But far fewer novels than pioneers have come through alive. Outstanding survivor was H. L. Davis' Honey in the Horn. Archie Binns's The Land Is Bright is another.

Author Binns, himself a descendant of an Oregon Trailer, centres his story on a family of Illinois farmers who made the trip in 1852. His...

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