THE SEED by Plerre Cascar


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The 13-year-old narrator farmed out by his widower father to relatives in a small French village recalls his two year stay with them...and the events that taught him all too thoroughly that in life there is always death, that in a crowd one ways lonely, that happiness unlike poverty is fleeting. The boy's odd jobs as assist to the parish priest, as a scavenger of peach pits for the owner of a tree nursery, work in a cannery, on a small farm, in a slaughterhouse- are all well calculated to point up the unhappiness of man's lot. His father finally comes to his rescue by obtaining for the boy a lycee scholarship, but his father does not bring the love or companionship for which the son has been searching. The evocative descriptions of a French village, the insight into a young mind, the clarity of style save this fine little novel from unremitting gloom, and though hardly a book for those in search of light reading, this should appeal to the serious reader aware of the esthetic possibilities of the art of the novel.

Pub Date: May 12th, 1959
Publisher: Little, Brown (AMP)