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The narrator describes his childhood in a small, rural Southern community, and the events leading to his loss of innocence
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Fantasists had better have a light, sure touch, an element lacking in this hard-to-credit journey back to a time when the 13-year-old narrator, Borden, was beginning to question the shibboleths that governed his life. Confronted one day while hoeing cotton by Charles, similar to himself in age and size but a world apart in sophistication, Borden abandons his work and follows where this strange boy leads. They meet thereafter at night, so that Charles can show Borden how steamy life really is (sexual orgies, marital hatred, madness) in this Southern, God-worshipping village. Eventually he is lured to the house of Charles's grandmother, who will complete Borden's awakening to his own sensibilities and to greater understanding of the world. Charles is clearly an alter ego, a personal demon, whom Borden must exorcise now that he has developed inner knowledge. In the book's most gripping scene, he rids himself of his guide and tormenter and returns cleansed to the cloyingly sweet little girl who is already acting like a wife of 20 years. In spite of its canned corn-pone language and undeveloped characters, this clearly autobiographical work will be of interest to Deal's admirers. November
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Book Description New Horizon Pr, Far Hills, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hilary Lawn (illustrator). Red, textured cover. 219 pages. Light foxing is on the top end of the text block and the top half of the foredge. The DJ has three 1/4 in. closed tears, and the reverse side has sparse, light foxing. Scans e-mailed upon request. Seller Inventory # 009875
Book Description New Horizon Pr, 1985. Condition: UsedAcceptable. book. Seller Inventory # M0882820184_4
Book Description Far Hills; New Horizon Press, 1986. Hardcover/Pappeinband. Condition: Gut. 2. Ausgabe. 219 Seiten Das Buch befindet sich in einem gebrauchten sehr guten Zustand. Es ist gebraucht, und hat, wenn überhaupt, nur sehr geringe Gebrauchsspuren, wie Verfärbung der Schnittkanten, leichter Abrieb an den Kanten vom Schutzumschlag. Im Buch keine Einträge oder Beschriftungen. Nichtraucherbuch. Der Schutzumschlag ist mehr berieben. Daher Gesamtzustand nur gut! Rik291461CS Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 510. Seller Inventory # 70415
Book Description New Horizon Pr, 1985. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP2830035
Book Description New Horizon Pr, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0882820184