Yellow Earth - John Sayles (Hardcover)

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In Yellow Earth, John Sayles introduces an epic cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing agendas and worldviews with lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit.

When rich layers of shale oil are discovered beneath the town of Yellow Earth, all hell breaks loose. Locals, oil workers, service workers, politicians, law enforcement, and get-rich-quick opportunists—along with an earnest wildlife biologist—commingle and collide as the population of the town triples overnight. Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the tribal business council of the neighboring Three Nations reservation, entertains visions of "sovereignty by the barrel" and joins forces with a fast-talking entrepreneur. From casino dealers to activists and high school kids, everyone in the region is swept up in the unsparing wave of an oil boom.

Sayles’s masterful storytelling draws an arc from the earliest exploitation of this land and its people all the way to twenty-first-century privatization schemes. Through the intertwining lives of its characters, Yellow Earth lays bare how the profit motive erodes human relationships, as well as our living planet. The fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

Product Details

Barcode
9781642590210
Department
Books
Released
28 Jan 2020
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
John Sayles
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Haymarket Doyma
Language
English
Number of Pages
528
Dimensions
216 x 140mm

Summary

  • In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. &;An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era,&; Kildeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby, spearheads the new Three Nations Petroleum Company.

    What follows, with characteristic lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit, introduces us to a memorable cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing worlds through masterful storytelling.

    Set shortly before Standing Rock would become a symbol of historic proportions of the brutal confrontation between native resistance and the forces of big business and law enforcement, the fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Sagas
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Political
Dewey Classification
813