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The Tongues of Angels

Price, Reynolds

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ISBN 10: 0689120931 / ISBN 13: 9780689120930
Published by Atheneum, 1990
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192 pp. fine with nice bright d.j. one of a few copies signed on an extra sheet tipped into the front. Bookseller Inventory # 108649

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Title: The Tongues of Angels

Publisher: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardbound

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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"I'm as peaceful a man as you're likely to meet in America now, but this is about a death I may have caused. Not slowly over time by abuse or meanness but on a certain day and by ignorance, by plain lack of notice. Though it happened thirty-four years ago, and though I can't say it's haunted my mind that many nights lately, I suspect I can draw it out for you now, clear as this noon. I may need to try...." A summer camp in the Blue Ridge mountains, the deceptively tranquil 1950s, a classic semicomic cast and setting (teachers, swarms of rowdy boys, crafts, Indian lore, campfires), the twenty-one-year-old painting teacher and one superbly gifted boy, haunted by a tragic past yet calmly heroic. All advance through splendid weather, natural grandeur and riotous fun toward a startling fate that none will forget. In his eighth novel, Reynolds Price provides again the kind of voice that won his readers in Kate Vaiden, winner of the 1986 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. A sane adult looks back at his life, finds and gives us the interesting facts, the meanings he thought he learned for good on the threshold of manhood and how they look now, in full maturity. The Tongues of Angels is intimate, enveloping, relentless and rich. Any veteran of summer camp, boys' or girls', will hear deep echoes, recalling the buried forecasts of youth. Any reader stands to gain throughout.

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er has never forgotten the drama that unfolded at a summer camp in the Smoky Mountains in 1954. He was twenty-one then, art counselor at Camp Juniper, an environment lush with nature and buzzing with rowdy boys on the brink of manhood. Into their midst came a gifted boy tied to a terrible past and an equally mysterious future -- a future that would leave Bridge forever changed . . .

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