On a farm in Alabama, idling away the summer days, is fourteen year old Jack Haywood- who tells this story in his own...

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THE RAIN AND THE FIRE AND THE WILL OF GOD

On a farm in Alabama, idling away the summer days, is fourteen year old Jack Haywood- who tells this story in his own unretouched fashion. A change, in a part of the world where very little changes- and almost nothing ever happens- is the arrival nearby of Rodney Blankhard, a boy his own age, sent after his mother's death to stay with his uncle whose many farming failures have been written off as the ""will of God"". Rodney, from his first appearance- with curls and in Western boots- is also ""just not good for the country"" and as the weeks pass, proves more and more trouble and accident prone. With ""too much against him"", he is always the victim of unlucky to sometimes avoidable circumstances, so that when the rain ruins Mr. Blankhard's first successful crop, and a fire (Rodney's cigarette) burns his barn to the ground, he is ready to return to the less alien ways of the city..... A time- just past childhood- and two likable, believable boys give this a fresh appeal- and a happy contrast to an earlier book- The Age of Light (Crown- 1952)

Pub Date: March 29, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1957