LOOK TO THE MOUNTAIN by LeGrand Jr. Cannon
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Postponed from May to this date, as a selection of the B O M for November. We reported it enthusiastically last Spring, as follows:- ""I liked this immensely, and it seemed distinctly fresh and different from the average pre-revolutionary pioneer New England story. Cannon has two other books to his credit, both mid-19th century settings (A Mighty Fortress and The Kents). This, in subject and handling, has the best chance of the three for reaching a wide market. It is a full-bodied story of two young people, tied down to unhappy circumstances in the town of their births, who find courage through their love to break the bonds, and to set out in the face of risky weather, privation and doubtful stamina (the girl is pregnant) to found a home in virtually unchartered wilderness of the newly opened part of New Hampshire. What distinguishes this from the average story of pioneering is the sharp delineation of the characters; here are no stereotyped two dimensional figures, but flesh and blood personalities. ""The mountain"" of the title is Chocorua, beloved of Whit, feared by Melis. There's a strange timeliness in the situation in which Whit finds himself as he bears vagus rumors of battling near Boston -- feels it concerns him not an atom -- and then, when the seemingly impregnable Ticonderoga falls and he learns that the Indians have been loosed on the whites, suddenly discovers that it is his war, and the fight for freedom his battle. A good story, well told, and an excellent addition to the list of historical fiction which seems to meet a very vital escape need.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1942
ISBN: 0881502154
Publisher: Holt