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By Don Berry | Comments: ( 947 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

Set in 1848 on the wild edge of the continent, in the rain forests and rugged headlands of the Oregon coast Trask follows a mountain man s quest for new opportunities and new land to settle The OSU Press is proud to reissue Berry s celebrated first book, considered one of the finest historical novels of the American West.


  • Title: Trask
  • Author: Don Berry
  • ISBN: 9780870710230
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback

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  • jeremy

    published in 1960 when don berry was 27, trask is often mentioned in the same breath as ken kesey's sometimes a great notion as the finest oregon novel ever written. set along the northern oregon coast range in the late 1840's, trask was inspired by the life of settler, mountain man & fur trapper elbridge trask (for whom both a river and a mountain are named here in the beaver state). compelling and adventurous, the story follows the title character as he tries to become the first white man [...]


  • Suezy Proctor

    I bought this book because I am from the Pacific Northwest and love the area where this story takes place. I am also interested in early North American Indian history and lore. In addition, I love outdoor adventure, like Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, and Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. This book combines all these loves and weaves a tight story, full of intrigue, personalities and conflict in one of the most beautiful and unforgiving landscapes.


  • Erin

    The beautiful edition of Trask pictured above is not the one that I read. This is something hardly worth mentioning in any review. However, it's worth mentioning here because my edition was from the late '70s and early '80s. The cover art was a depiction of a hunky Davy Crockett type with a Chuck Norris beard looking sternly toward the horizon. A band of tiny Native American men (including a feather sticking up out of the backs of their heads; wrong region, illustrator!) were standing far off in [...]


  • Stephany

    After reading this, I am stumped as to why Don Berry isn't a national literary hero classified with the historical importance of authors like Harriet Beecher Stowe, or with at least the fame of Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City). I promise: you've never read anything remotely like this. The story is more engrossing and unusual than most fiction I've ever read, and contains delicious language like "damned Jesuitical rascal of a Hudson's Bay man" and "His beard was shiny, and caught red gli [...]


  • Melody

    I don't know what I expected. I picked it up because I'd heard it spoken of with reverence among Oregon history buffs, and I happened across it at an estate sale. It started kind of slow for me, and there were bits that surprised my modern sensibilities for a minute, but the writing is brilliant. The people are real, the situations believable. But the last hundred, hundred and fifty pages are incredible. Lift the top of your head off because your brain blew up incredible. I'm glad there's more B [...]


  • Heidi

    recommended for anyone who loves the Oregon Coast and has driven over Neahkanie Head


  • J Bjo

    'White man can be the best or among the best of any other culture/race' is the general theme, like white man makes best samurai, white man becomes ultimate alien warrior, white man is quickly excepted as top notch in the 'foreigner' ranks, rugged individual white guy can do anything if he sets his power to it. However, that said, this is not a simple ass story like Avatar, Last Samurai etc. This is well written, complex, historic fiction, this is good. This is great. This is a heart wrenching st [...]


  • Lisa

    A revelatory book, and one that should be read much more widely, Trask is a brilliant examination of humanity, racism, exploration, and death. Don Berry captures the spirit and history of Oregon, but also does much more: Berry's characters are fully human and real, and several are members of Pacific Northwest tribes. Berry treats his characters with grace and allows them to be fully themselves, not caricatures. I wish I had read this book with a group because I have so many points I would like t [...]


  • Judy

    Recommended as one of the best historical novels about Oregon, I really enjoyed this book. Written in 1960, set on the Northern Oregon Coast around 1848, this is a fictionalized story of Elbridge Trask, a real pioneer that settled near the Killamook tribe on Tillamook Bay. The author, interested in Oregon history, researched this account carefully through coastal museums and Native American stories. The Trask is one of five rivers that enter Tillamook Bay.


  • Scott Schmidt

    I always hesitate to 5-star anything, but this book exceeded any expectations I had about a "mountain man" novel. There's not a single A-typical aspect to plot or characters. Every piece of dialogue rang true as if I was walking the trail with Trask along the Oregon coast. I originally bought the book at Powell's in Portland, not knowing what to expect and let it sit on my shelf for years, so I'm glad I finally dusted it off. Really looking forward to reading more of Don Berry's works.


  • Ami Kreider

    This one spoke to my mountain man soul! First and foremost, I'd recommend the book for Berry's vivid descriptions of the wet and wild north coast of (what is now) Oregon. I also enjoyed reading snippets of Chinook jargon although I am skeptical that people could have communicated to the depth they did in the novel using what was primarily a trading language.In general, Trask is a riveting account of a transformative adventure-transformative to the central characters and to the colliding cultures [...]


  • Jerry Sutherland

    I love Trask's writing. It's just important to remember that the events and people he writes about are historical in name only, manipulated entirely to his own imagination. None of his Oregon trilogy should be considered "based on a true event." On the other hand, Trask transfers fairly accurate event details from one historical person's life to another. For example, Berry's telling of the Trask group's navigation of Neahkahnie mountain matches the same part of a longer trip that Rev. Joseph Fro [...]


  • Jadi Campbell

    Don Berry isn't a household name. I read this book for a NW Literature class in college. I greatly enjoyed it as literature and a historical document (Berry depicts the arrival and spread of white settlers on the Oregon coast and their encounters with the natives who have long called the region home). It was also a great read apart from any question of "literary worth". I reread Trask 30 years later, and am so glad I kept my copy all these years. I'm pleased to see that it's been reissued. Berry [...]


  • Don

    Berry attended Reed with the "beat" writters Gary Snyder and Phillip Whalen but never graduated. However he did a lot of research to craft a fictional account of Elbridge Trask. It takes place on the Oregon coast in the mid nineteenth century. The native tribal organization was still in place, but the influence of the "Bostons" (whites) were having an effect. Trask had an uncontrollable urge to see more of the coast. He leaves his wife and his cabin with a shaman and a 16 year old native to guid [...]


  • Patricia

    Read for Kenton Book Group (pssst. This was my "pick" for book group and I'm thrilled it turned out so well)This is a really fabulous early settler/Indian Oregon narrative that is also a gripping story. It's slow to start (in fact, several people in the book group commented that it was a bit slow, but they liked it even though they hadn't yet finished it. Every single one of them had stopped around page 50) but picks up rapidly after that. The book included great characters, what I felt was a sy [...]


  • Blaire

    This is a richly imagined historical novel about the settling of the Oregon Territory in a specific location - the coast just below Astoria. Unlike many historical novels, it has strong and interesting characters and a lyrical feeling for the place. It's as much one man's spiritual journey as it is history. I found it very hard to read in places. This was, after all, a harsh life. Don Berry's leanings toward the Eastern spiritual traditions give the story depth, immediacy, and a level of human t [...]


  • carolyn

    A fascinating historical novel about a white man who settles on the Oregon coast in the 1840s. He lives amongst the Clatsop Indians and makes a journey down to Tillamook Bay, then called Murderer's Harbor. The trip was extremely arduous and exceedingly dangerous. At that time, traversing Neahkanie Mountain was a risk to your life. Now it's a short day trip up the steep but evenly graded trail. I often marvel at the trails I hike on and how completely inaccessible the land would be without them. [...]


  • John

    Read this in the early 1980's. Actually knew Berry (as he was called) and his consort Kaj, son Duncan, and daughter-in-law (finally) Melany as part of a larger circle of friends after I'd moved to Vashon Island in 1979.An amazingly hypnotic book about the White Man's first explorations down the Oregon coast from the mouth of the Columbia river, and the spiritual experiences that Trask underwent.Need to re-read some day, except that I have only my original paperback copy from the early '80's. May [...]


  • Jackie

    Berry, Don. 1960. Trask : the coast of Oregon, 1848 . Comstock Editions Inc Sausalito, Califonia. 6th printing: 1984, pbk.(Ordered through ABE Books: around $5) 1st of a series on Oregon history centering around Tillamook,Oregon. 2nd title: Moontrap, 3rd title:To build a ship. Good description of mountain men trying to fit into settlers way of life. Best description of the Indian's vision quest I've ever come across. Very well written.


  • Gregg Koskela

    An historical novel recounting the interactions between Trask, a white settler on the Oregon Coast, and Kilchis, Native American chief of the Killamook tribe. Takes place in 1848. Outstanding in its analysis of Native American culture, in the recounting of complex relational struggles. The ending was outside my realm of experience or comfort zone :) If not for the ending, I easily would have given it four stars.


  • Pam Lindholm-levy

    I read this book so I could write a paper on it. There's a lot going on. White settlers, Oregon Coast Indian tribes, treks into unknown territory, tragedy on cliff trails above the ocean. Not for acrophobics. Trask was a real person, but not the man in this book. This is the first of a trilogy by Oregon writer Don Berry. Gotta read the rest.


  • Claire

    I enjoy fiction based on historical people, and that is what this book is. It is also interesting when I recognize area references. It seemed culturally sensitive in its presentation of Native American characters; however, I would like a Native American's opinion on that.It was a page turner after a slightly slow start.


  • Forrest Rosser

    A good friend recommended this book about 19th century Oregon coast.Very good writing and character development. The story accelerates to the point that it is difficult to put down.Apparently, historically accurate in its portrayal.


  • Jill

    An adventure of the best kind!


  • brotagonist

    Restless and unsatisfied, a man strives for a new land and unwittingly embarks upon a journey of spiritual realization.


  • Tommy Allen

    goddamn but i gotta read this book!


  • Michael

    It makes me sad that this is the "Great Oregonian Epic." It wasn't all that interesting to me, but I did enjoy the descriptions of the landscape and the end.


  • Vickie Woods

    I had heard that this is a book all Oregonians should read. A great picture of early settlers and native americans on the Oregon Coast. I passed it on to my son.


  • Ann

    Well, what about his wife? Oh yeah, written in 1960.


  • Jeana

    This book broke me emotionally. A beautiful, rich history of Oregon's North Coast that left me wanting more.


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