Books: Mountain Men

THE BIG SKY (386 pp.)—A. B. Guthrie Jr.—William Sloane Associates ($3.50).

The Big Sky is one of those books that has obviously taken a lifetime maturing in the writer's mind. It is a strong and savory tale of adventure with the first white hunters in the West. Honestly imagined and true to history, it is also a parable of the way the pioneers, as immoderate as children, took their measureless paradise and spoiled it.

A. B. ("Bud") Guthrie Jr. grew up in Choteau, Mont., where his father was the first high-school principal in the county. The dazzling air and blue immensity of the...

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