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The Country Beyond

James Oliver Curwood

Book Overview: 

The Country Beyond, subtitled A Romance In the Wilderness, is a story of “Jolly” Roger McKay, an outcast on the run from the law; Nada, the girl he falls in love with; and Peter, the devoted mixed-breed dog who links the two together as no human could, as action, adventure, and romance take them through the Northwest Canadian wilderness in search of The Country Beyond.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., and restraining himself no longer he trotted cautiously to the open door of the cabin. In a chair sat the stranger with the broad-brimmed hat and high boots, with his hands securely tied behind him. And Jolly Roger was hustling about, filling a shoulder-pack in the last light of the day.

"Cassidy, I oughta kill you," Jolly Roger was saying as he worked, an exultant chuckle in his voice. "You don't give me any peace. No matter where I go you're sure to come, and I can't remember that I ever invited you. I oughta put you out of the way, and plant flowers over you, now that I've got the chance. But I'm too chicken-hearted. Besides, I like you. By the time you get tired of chasing me you should be a pretty good man-hunter. But just now you lack finesse, Cassidy—you lack finesse." And Jolly Roger's chuckle broke into another laugh.

Cassidy heaved out a grunt.

"It's luck—just damned luck!" he growled.

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Community Reviews

Still my all time favorite book. I read it many times growing up and it still holds my interest to the very end.
A thrilling story!

I remember trying to read “Old Yeller” when I was a kid. I must have tried starting three or four times, and never could get much beyond “Little Arliss…” I guess it just wasn’t for me. I haven’t read many dog stories in my life, but this one seemed different from the typical. For one thing, it wasn’

Mainly the book is from the perspective of the dog - Peter, but switches to be from the perspective of the other characters in the story which causes a bit of confusion when reading.

Fun, adventurous and romantic...with a good message. After having screwed up a good part of his life, a man falls in love and in order to save his beloved, he admits to a horrible deed. He runs away and spends the rest of the book trying to get back to the girl despite his troubles....his constant c

The Country Beyond, by James Oliver Curwood.

A big-hearted outlaw, Jolly Roger McKay, who never did anything really bad, is pursued for years by the Royal Northwest Mounties, through the Northwest Canadian wilderness in the early 1900’s. At one of his hiding places, he falls in love with a local you

Mister Jolly Roger McKay has been an outlaw ever since he did one good deed for his Cree friends, and broke the law to do it. The Royal Mounted Police have been after him ever since and he's slowly added to his crimes. A parcel of books here, some food there and as of let, he's never hurt a human. H

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