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Of Lizards and Angels: A Saga of Siouxland

Manfred, Frederick Feikema

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ISBN 10: 0806124172 / ISBN 13: 9780806124179
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"This is a novel rich with stories of all kinds-comic, tragic, bizarre, gentle, grotesque, and loving. Each of the characters takes a turn at the book's center stage; and, like the author, the characters themselves are prolific storytellers.woven into LIZARDS AND ANGELS are the themes that have powered Frederick Manfred's novels for half a century." This book has 617 pages. The book is a SIGNED copy from the author, Frederick Feikema Manfred. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 012353

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Title: Of Lizards and Angels: A Saga of Siouxland

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First U. S. Edition

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The story of three generations of the Tunis Freyling family, the novel includes murder in a fit of rage, a children's version of the crucifixion, sibling incest that leads to cohabitation and the birth of twin daughters, suicide, and a rape-murder.

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A ponderous family epic of taming the prairie in northwestern Iowa, with skeletons in the closet and heavy breathing in the hayloft, from veteran heartland yarnspinner Manfred (No Fun on Sunday, etc. etc.). Tunis Freyling almost kills a co-worker in a rage, and feels cursed by his dead father's murderous melancholy. Deciding to settle elsewhere in Siouxland, he meets the headstrong Clara Shortridge, who worries that her father's incestuous behavior drove him from England. They marry and settle down to farm and raise eight children, who prosper while their parents become increasingly estranged. Tension builds between Tunis and Clara because she's denied him conjugal rights since the birth of their last baby, but they remain together. Their brood matures to take off in different directions--the eldest son a farmer, the youngest a lawyer, a prim middle daughter a missionary to the Sioux--but the dark ancestral past finally catches up to the couple as Tunis disappears to kill himself on turning 70, and Clara drops dead years later on learning that two of her own have run off to live as man and wife. Incest and sexual relations are central to the saga as it unfolds, but in addition Manfred provides touches of wit and an abundance of vivid, memorable scenes from rural America in more bucolic times. Hamlin Garland run through a Freudian gauntlet--in an obsessive but richly detailed family history. A feast for fans, perhaps, but repetitive and relatively plotless for the rest. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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