THE PARDNERS by John Weld

THE PARDNERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hard-bitten, tough, realistic to the point where even the hard-boiled reader will blench a bit -- and yet with an undercurrent of tenderness which recalls Steinback's Of Mice and Men. It lacks the impact of that book, however, for the characters and situations are created by the times and the locale, a California mining camp in early gold rush days, and not by current social conditions. It is the story of a strange friendship between a New England youth, nicknamed the Virgin, and a tough, cynical miner, who takes him under his protection. But it is not only this story-there are many unforgettable scenes that reveal the best and the worst of men.

Publisher: Scribners