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Bless the Beasts and Children

Swarthout, Glendon

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ISBN 10: 0812415205 / ISBN 13: 9780812415209
Published by Perfection Learning Prebound
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Title: Bless the Beasts and Children

Publisher: Perfection Learning Prebound

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Six boys run away from a summer camp in Arizona seeking a way to prove that they are not failures and misfits by saving a penned buffalo herd from slaughter in a state-sponsored annual buffalo hunt. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction by its publisher, Doubleday, back in 1970 and filmed by Stanley Kramer in 1972 with a famous theme song by the Carpenters and a much re-used film score ("Nadia's Theme" from the 1972 Olympics and the opening theme from the CBS TV soap opera, The Young and the Restless).

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We've all come in contact with a Box Canyon Boys Camp ("Send Us a Boy--We'll Send You a Cowboy").  It's really not so very unlike our society today, complete with thinning the herd.

Cotton's cabin shelters the camp failures:
   Cotton, the son of a three-times-married mother, wanting a father more than anything else, and ending up being a father to the other five misfits who are labeled the Bedwetters by their Box Canyon "compatriots."
   Teft, the rebel against authority of any kind, whose car-stealing ability makes The Expedition possible.
   Goodenow, the victim of an oedipus complex.  It takes the spectacle of the buffalo killing area to make an impression that countless psychiatrists and schools for disturbed children have been unable to make.
   Shecker, son of a famous comedian, who has memorized his father's routines as a defense against tough situations.
   Lally 1 and Lally 2, brothers made arch enemies in the attempt to gain their parents' attention.  This is difficult, because mom and dad are usually in some exotic vacation place celebrating a reconcilation after discontinuing their annual divorce proceedings.
   Bless the Beasts & Children is a story with tenderness and savagery, ending with an impact that stuns.

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