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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 Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Oklahoma Univ. Press, 1992, 1992. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed and dated on the title page by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 008417

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Title: Of Lizards and Angels: A Saga of Siouxland

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First 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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