" Originally published in 1940, Stuart's first novel introduced his reader to one of the most unforgettable characters of American literature--Boliver Tussie, the hard-drinking, happy-go-lucky squatter who works just enough to get by.See other books by Jesse Stuart."
Link this with James Still's River of Earth as the first novel of a poet, sprung from frontier sources, regional material that is warp and woof of our land. I have had an eye on Stuart since the thrill of discovery on reading Man With a Bull Tongue Plow. Since then he has strengthened his position as a poet and added to his reputation with an autobiography. Now comes this novel, with the rhythm of folk ballads in the telling and a deep sense of unity with the soil of his beloved Kentucky. There is a secondary significance, in his presentation of the relations of owners, squatters and share croppers, but it is fundamentally a story of human emotions, in the romance of the owner's son and the squatter's daughter. There are moments of sheer beauty of writing - there are other moments of crudity which somehow does not mar the whole. The wood cuts by Woody Ishmael are keyed to the quality of the text. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 31st December 1980
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.435