Butcher's Crossing Summary
John Williams

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Butcher's Crossing Overview

Butcher’s Crossing is a historical fiction novel by John Edward Williams. It is set in the 1870s and takes place in the states of Kansas and Colorado. The narrative follows a young man from Boston named William Andrews who has left Harvard College in order to explore the frontier of the country. He arrives in the town of Butcher’s Crossing, Kansas, where he meets a buffalo hunter called Miller. Andrews joins Miller on a hunting expedition to Colorado, where Andrews not only witnesses Miller’s monomaniacal obsession with hunting, but also witnesses both the beauty and terror of nature. The novel explores themes of nature, obsession, civilization, desire, and personal transformation.

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