This is totally unlike anything Binns has done. It is a first rate but somewhat conventional story of crossing the plains,...

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THE LAND IS BRIGHT

This is totally unlike anything Binns has done. It is a first rate but somewhat conventional story of crossing the plains, in the great American trek to Oregon. It reveals the pioneers as very human, and not at all aware of their place in a great historical drama. He tells the story of one girl who proved to be the focus for certain activities of the wagon train, for animosities between the leader and any other men to whom she showed any attention, with results that were far-reaching. In muted tones, it suggests a similar situation in The Turning Wheels, that grand story of the Boer trek. There is no great heroic picture, but a realistic approach to a subject that has been haloed through the years. Lacks the subtle psychological import of Lighthouse -- and the social implications of The Laurels Are Cut Down, but may prove more generally popular than either.

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 1939

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1939