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The Wild Man of the West

R. M. Ballantyne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then Big Waller broke the silence with one of his abrupt questions—

“But, I say, stranger, how did you come here?”

Bertram looked up without speaking. Then, settling himself comfortably in a reclining position, with his back against a tree, he said—

“I will relieve your curiosity. Listen: I am, as I have said, an Englishman. My father and mother are dead. I have no brothers or sisters, and but few relations. Possessing, as I do, a small independence, I am not obliged to work for my living. I have therefore come to the conclusion that it is my duty to work for my fellow-men. Of course, I do not mean to deny that every man who works for his living, works also for his fellow-men. What I mean is, that I hold myself bound to apply myself to such works as other men have not leisure to undertake, and the profit of which will go direct to mankind without constituting my livelihood on its passage. To open up the unknown wilderness has ever b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is one of my favorites of Ballantyne's so far. It's fast-paced and exciting, with a good bit of humor. The writing style is not as polished as some of his other books, but I'm rating it high for pure enjoyment and memorable entertainment. It has a very strong Christian message, also.

This book, is a tale of the Rocky Mountains and it takes place somewhere in the 1800s(I'm guessing here)and was written in 1863.The story is about a boy named March Marson who spends his days traveling and hunting buffalo for his mother. Learning about the mysterious wild man of the west, he sets...more

I enjoyed this book immensely!

It had great descriptions of life outdoors, great Western-style adventures, stories of survival, the early days of America and so much more.

Very well written and engaging. Great characters -- and a great variety of them.

If you like the outdoors, hunting, camping, gun...more

True life adventures and a step back to the past make this book a compelling read. Readers will feel like they are on a journey into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains.

I loved this book with tales of the wild west. Vivid descriptions abound of mountain men,horses,wildlife and mountain scenery. Comrades through all their adventures and true friendships abound throughout this book.

I loved this book with vivid tales of the wild west Wonderful descriptions abound...more

Eminently satisfactory. A tale of adventure and romance which takes place in the pre-civilized West.

This tale is set, as the subtitle says, in the Rocky Mountains, during the time of trappers and Mountain Men. Young March Marston, and several of his fur-trapper friends, set out to find the semi-l...more

Christain claims it is a 5 star. What wasn't good about it.