Beloved by young Brad who raised him from a calf, by everyone in California's Klamath Valley and (apparently) by God, the...

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BELOVED WAS BAHAMAS

Beloved by young Brad who raised him from a calf, by everyone in California's Klamath Valley and (apparently) by God, the gentle Ferdinand-like Angus Bahamas leads an idyllic life feeding from a nursing bottle and nuzzling his many admirers. Bahamas is threatened by Brad's father, who longs to turn the three-quarter ton steer into beef and pay some family bills, but a worse disaster intervenes when the Klamath overflows its banks, sweeping the Angus downstream in a torrent of debris and half-demolished farm buildings. Bahamas survives, turning up miraculously thirty miles north on the California coast, and his waterborne adventure -- shared with other, less fortunate wildlife, and with majestic, uprooted redwoods -- has more than a few moments of high excitement. Otherwise we never quite shared the prevailing affection for Bahamas, and the aura of doting sentimentality detracts from the dignity of his confrontation with nature run wild.

Pub Date: May 24, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 184

Publisher: Vanguard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1974