WITH HOOVES OF BRASS by Robert Close

WITH HOOVES OF BRASS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A story far less robust than its setting- a timber mill in isolated Australian terrain- centers around Grace Barnard, whose husband Ted runs the mill and who is discontented there-she has Bovaryish notions of cultural improvement, and Sayles, the new missioner who comes to teach and preach. During the next weeks the Preacher experiences the hellfire of the soul-he is seduced by the brassy waitress Pearl, gambles, and spends the money in his missioner's box, while a brush fire takes care of the rest of the settlement, and Grace's only child, her small son Joey, is one of its casualties. Still-she learns the value of her love for her husband.... About all that can be said for it is that the folk speech seems to be indigenous, rude and crude.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday