By Fred Chappell
This mild, wryly comedian examine someday within the lifetime of a rural North Carolina schoolteacher, Joe Robert Kirkman, is narrated via his son Jess (seen in Chappell's past novel, i'm one in all You endlessly ). The yr is 1946, and Joe Robert is not any traditional schoolteacher. he's a farmer, a hunter, a dreamer and a thinker whose cutting edge educating tools and evenhanded method of the speculation of evolution have irked the neighborhood college board--they have summoned him to a overdue afternoon assembly. His beliefs and livelihood imperiled, Robert feels--understandably--apprehensive, and to make concerns worse, that day's strange sequence of occasions (an unlucky stumble upon with a treed bobcat, a brave rescue of a drowning baby, and several other unsettling metaphysical discussions) have left him battered in brain and physique. The assembly is hilarious, if inconclusive. A finely drawn sequence of youngster characters, together with stoic farmers and other halves, tale-spinning coon hunters and a clever neighborhood reporter, enriches this modest but deeply pleasing chronicle.
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