MORE TALES OF CEDAR RIVER by William M. Clark

MORE TALES OF CEDAR RIVER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A successor to Tales of Cedar River (1960) this again concentrates on the interrelationships of family and friends in Maine, and of the interlocking results that ensue. ""My uncle Oscar"" and his bootlegging, the anti-social manifestations of Francis Gage (different, but not to be confined), Uncle Jake, Joe Carruthers and his pig, the problems of the game warden, young Faulkner and his passion for cars -- these are the memories from a quiet town where life was hardly ever prosaic. With ""one street, four stores, a hotel, a post office, a small bank, two churches and a schoolhouse and a sidewalk"" the possibilities of excitement would seem negligible -- but these yarns go to show that working for a living has its odd moments, that violating laws, some unpredictable behavior, small enterprises, even voting, can contribute to a kind of living that, in a downeast way, can rouse the risibles for small satisfactions -- in personality quirks, public nuisances, and general go-to-hell people. OK?

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1961
Publisher: McKay