THe CAGED BIRDS by LeRoy Leatherman


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A Southern summer and the impact of its events on Jim Daigre, aged eight, form the core of this implicit, rather than overt, emotional landscape. His birthday brings him four love birds, whose resultant fate, when one female kills the other two to get the male, clouds his mother's sense of responsibility; he in taught Greek by old Mr. Aristo whose adopted son, Luke, laviesa and sham as he may be, constitutes a sort of hero for Jim. Surrounded by gossip, of grandmother, neighbours aunts and uncle, aware of the strain between his parents. Jim has only the outspoken, uninhibited memories of his Grandfather as sigosta for his own integrity when he is thrown into a more personal world when his mother evades the real world in sickness. The old boom, Luke's grand gestures of wealth, an unsatisfactory friendship with another boy, and the cumulative climax of Luke's death and Mr. Aristo's madness, wind up the near-tragedy of desertion and dissolution. There's a feeling of in theme as well as writing, there is a dissection of event in terms of effect that mark this for a discriminating audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1950
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace