By Fred Chappell
This light, wryly comedian examine sooner or later within the lifetime of a rural North Carolina schoolteacher, Joe Robert Kirkman, is narrated by means of his son Jess (seen in Chappell's past novel, i'm one in all You perpetually ). The 12 months 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 equipment and evenhanded method of the idea of evolution have irked the neighborhood institution board--they have summoned him to a past due afternoon assembly. His beliefs and livelihood imperiled, Robert feels--understandably--apprehensive, and to make issues worse, that day's extraordinary sequence of occasions (an unlucky come upon with a treed bobcat, a brave rescue of a drowning baby, and a number of other unsettling metaphysical discussions) have left him battered in brain and physique. The assembly is hilarious, if inconclusive. A finely drawn sequence of juvenile characters, together with stoic farmers and other halves, tale-spinning coon hunters and a sensible neighborhood reporter, enriches this modest but deeply pleasant chronicle.
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