The True Account

April 17, 2008

Author: Howard Frank Mosher
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Started: 4/17/08
Completed: 4/24/08

I knew when I finished On Kingdom Mountain that I would be pulling more of Mosher’s books off the shelf. This one was interesting; it has connections to Don Quixote, and the history of the US.

An American knight-errant sets off to race to the west against Lewis and Clark. He may be insane, but happily and highly-functioning. He brings with him the miracle of cannabis and charms the native tribal leaders that he meets along the way with his own peace pipe and a variety of inventions, entertainments and activities.

He is accompanied by a young nephew who discovers himself into manhood on the trip. This young man narrates the tale and provides an alternate history of the young United States, the Louisiana Purchase, and the civilizations that thrived in the west before the Americans came and changed things.

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