MacK Faith The Warrior's Gift

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The Warrior's Gift

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Louis, a sixteen-year-old boy traveling with his mother, her boyfriend, and a carnival troupe, finds himself involved in murder

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It's 1960. A band of carnival folk heads from Colorado to Kansas in their Packard, pickup, and trailers. Half-literate Louis is 16; his red-headed mother, Joy, is an erotic dancer with the show. Other members of the troupe include Joy's sinister lover Lenny, and Dacia, a blind black seeress who reads disaster for the group in her African fortune-telling coins. Offstage until near the end is their friend Washington, a benign black magician and veteran, the warrior whose gift is freedom, for oneself and others. When Joy is shot, son Louis is jailed. At the heart of this disjointed and improvisational first novel is an American atrocitythe racist brutalizing of whites and blacks who hang out together. Realism melts into dreaming and drowning sensations, sometimes experienced in a mystical pool that reveals the past. Unhappily, despite its noble message and slight charm, this novelwinner of the Associated Writing Programs Novel Awardmoves at a sleepwalker's pace.
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The chief fault of this bizarre coming-of-age tale, winner of the 1985 Associated Writing Programs Novel Award, is the extreme precociousness of 16-year-old narrator/protagonist Louis, who makes Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield seem obtuse by comparison. Yet his perceptions often ring phony (as does much of the dialogue), as when, seeing his first college campus after a correspondence-school childhood on the carny circuit with his mother, Joy, an exotic dancer, he tries to find the theater building and figures it's "the one that looked the oldest, because I thought that would probably be one of the first things they would build, a place to put on Shakespeare and stuff." But in spite of these flaws and a plot that unravels like a Nancy Drew mystery, the book holds the reader as it celebrates purification, rebirth, courage, and the mythic power of dreams. David Sowd, Stark Cty. District Lib., Canton, Ohio
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