HUNTER'S HORN by Harriette Arnow
Kirkus Star


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While primarily a fox ""hunten"" story, this incorporates all the lore and legend, life and customs of the Kentucky hills, for Nunn Ballew's drive to catch King Devil, the red fox, with hounds, takes in the world of the backwoods. Without the quick poignance of The Voice of Bugle Ann, this leisurely fills in the lives of his family, his neighbors, and their contacts with the outside world. Here is the death of Zing, run to death by the hated fox, Nunn's great effort to buy a pair of pedigreed hounds, his concern over their raising (which helps him save his baby son), his hope of farming in spite of the temptation of hunting, and finally the success, with an unexpected twist, of running down King Devil. It is a story of many pictures, many characters,- lovable, loving Milly, his wife, and her understanding of his dedication, the earth-earthy midwife, the hopeful, helpless Lureenie, the helpfulness of government agricultural agencies, the excitement of making moonshine, the hilarious scene in school when the superintendents arrive, and the new teacher with her ""our"" (a pedigreed collie, but any dog that isn't a hound is a our), and the nights of foxhunting --this and much more make this a regional story of large dimensions. The interrelated affairs of an isolated community are lusty, often very funny, and not without sentiment.

Pub Date: May 31st, 1949
Publisher: Macmillan