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THE PUMA AND THE PEARL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A strange allegorical tale written ""for all ages"" is destined to find readers only among ""adult"" youngsters. On face value it is the story of a hunter who pursues a wild puma across the desert and into the forest. When the man is warned by a local villager of the puma's supernatural power to do good, the hunter responds by rationalizing his obsession. The shooting of a bird, the pet of a small boy, provides insight into the spirit of the hunter making the final act inevitable. The task accomplished, there is no glory however, only a glance at a reflection mirrored in the brook and a terrified flight into nowhere. The symbolism cannot be separated from the narrative making this unsuitable for young children. Teenagers interested in deciphering the parable may find it a source for further, thoughtful discussion.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1962
Publisher: Walker