JACOBY'S CORNERS by Jake Falstaff


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A popular journalist takes to nostalgic fiction in this novel (published posthumously). He has told it in the third person, but it might almost better have been told as authentic boyhood memories of a summer spent by a city boy in the farm lands of his grandparents. The setting is the Amish section of the Ohio valley a generation ago, a section that today retains in extraordinary fashion the heritage of the past. There is something of the quality of As the Earth Turns in the nearness to the things of the soil, the farm tasks and farm folks, the round of activities, sowing and harvest, the food and the festivals. There are snatches of folk material, witchcraft, regional lore; there are bits of boy adventure, there's a twister, and always there are scores of relatives and their neighbors. Nice flavor, recapturing a bit of Americana little known outside central Ohio. And there's a backward glance to the sources whence his forebears came, with the wisdom and homely humor of the Swiss background which these people, adopting a strange form of religion (Amish, Dunker, ""Coffee Potters"") brought with them to an American valley. The period is the turn of the century.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1940
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin