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This is a novel about love - between a father and his sons, a man and a woman; a love that all the characters struggle to be rid of and find will not let them go. It is a very moving, very funny, and very human story.Jesse Gifford was a champion bronco rider when his horse trampled him and broke his pelvis. During the long months of recuperation he learned to fear not death but pain and humiliation, and he did not ride again. When his wife left him for another, more successful rider, he faced his two small sons who loved him more than he could love himself and who longed to admire him again.Goldenrod is a story of the inextricable ties between Jesse and his boys and his absent wife - ties that forced Jesse out of his despair and defeat. For he is, in many ways, an absurd man. One of the most hilarious scenes in the book describes Jesse's encounter with a herd of willful sheep, yet so great is the author's skill that while the reader is roaring with laughter, he is also worrying about how he himself would deal with the situation.Set against the prairies of northern Canada, in a world of remote ranches and rodeos, Goldenrod presents the reader with a set of characters with whom he finds himself inevitably identifying, in their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Jesse, Shirley, twelve-year-old Ethan who is determined to be a cowboy and who stubbornly takes on the courage that his parents lack, six-year-old George who refuses to be a baby - all come alive in the reader's mind, and their final triumph becomes his triumph as well.From the Back Cover:
"There was another sound out there besides the youthful quiet voices - a shuck, swish sound repeated over and over, as if someone were digging. Jesse pulled on his overalls and walked barefoot through the kitchen, buttoning his shirt as he went. In the yard he stopped short. At the center of an old weed-grown garden plot not far from the house, his son Ethan stood knee-deep in a hole he was digging. George sprawled on the dirt pile beside him.
"'...Good morning, boys,' Jesse said as he approached. They did not reply, but Ethan paused in his work and looked at Jesse...'What are you doing?'
"'Digging a grave,' Ethan replied....
"Nobody laughed. But George looked solemnly up at him and said, 'It's for you.'
"Ethan began to dig again. 'We want to be ready.'
"...'I won't do it again.' Jesse told him.
"For a few minutes Ethan did not try to speak. Then he said, more calmly, "I couldn't go to sleep last night. I just laid awake, thanking. And, Jesse, yo're not going to kill yourself. That's what I decided.'"
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Book Description Random House, 1972. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110394478908
Book Description Random House, 1972. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394478908
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0394478908