THE MOON IS OUR LANTERN by Edward Tatum Wallace


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Against the background of oil company life, Robert Farrow grows up, is ready to marry Madge, the boss' daughter, and unquestioningly follow a familiar pattern. But Taloah, half Czech, half Choctaw Indian, returns to work at the hospital and the routine is halted. For Robert learns that, in spite of the community prejudice against ""gut eaters"", of Madge's determination that Taloah shall not get him and of her father's threats to fire him if he Jilta Madge, Taloah is the only one for him and marries her. Madge's father is finally successful in driving Robert and Taloah out but his uncovering of a pirate line puts the skids under the old regime and restores him to his old job. Oklahoma, 1929, and all the technical aspects of pipe line operation in a booster station are photographically clear while the plot and people are less in focus. Barrington (1945) had greater charm and more vitality than this.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1952
Publisher: Doubleday