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The Rifles
By: William Vollmann
Pages: 432
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
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When Sir John Franklin defies the warnings of native peoples and embarks on his fourth Arctic voyage in the 1840s, his journey ends in tragedy in a novel of America's ongoing tragedy of greed, ignorance, and violence. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

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I wanted to give this 3 stars...I often got confused and slightly frustrated. It took a long time to work my way through (maybe that's why the confusion???) but I kept at it. And, I'm glad I did. This is an extraordinary work--no doubt about it--and hence the 4 star rating.

Dec 18th, 2018

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