BEYOND THE GORGE OF SHADOWS by James O. Harvey

BEYOND THE GORGE OF SHADOWS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Set in the American Southwest in about 8,000 B.C. and based on recent archeological findings, this is a story about the timeless conflict between static authority and inspired youth. Gahyaz, a young boy of the Plains People, is convinced that other men exist; the Hunt Chief, master of the tribe, thinks him a fool and furthermore, a threat to the tribe for tempting the spirits' anger with such ideas. But Gahyaz is also an atheist and goes in search of men. Maitsoh and Seska go with him but only half-heartedly, since they fear the Hunt Chief more than they believe in Gahyaz. When Gahyaz dies defending Maitsoh from an attacking lion, Maitsoh takes up his cause to find other men. He does and dumbfounds his tribe by bringing some back alive. While the story has possibilities, the writing lacks depth and imagination, and so never quite seems true. For example, Maitsoh and the people he finds speak a remarkably similar tongue, though neither people has any remembered history of the other, and all the dialogue sounds strangely 20th Century.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1965
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard