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By J. Robert Lennon

On the evening Plain explores the problems of affection and paintings; loyalty to relations, the land, and one's personal wishes; and the character of solitude. This tale a couple of guy who reluctantly accepts his birthright in a hard-luck sheep-ranching relations redefines the concept of a existence worthy living.
Hoping to make a brand new lifestyles for himself after WWII, supply individual abandons his family's ranch at the nice Plains for a fishing boat. however the dying of his mom attracts him again to the ranch left with a number of employed fingers, a sickly flock of sheep, and a pile of debt. Sofia, estranged from her father, struggles to discover solace at the ranch, and as a substitute unearths herself attracted to Grant.
The resulting contest of wills threatens to rip what's left of the individual relations aside, and to restore ghosts that supply had was hoping have been gone.
PRAISE
“It's transparent from the 1st web page of his quietly gorgeous 3rd novel that Lennon doesn't intend to write down a similar e-book two times. it is a significant departure from either the well-received The mild of Falling Stars, in regards to the after-effects of a airplane crash, and The Funnies, a wry examine a dysfunctional kinfolk. After international conflict II ends, furnish individual leaves his family's ranch at the nice Plains and heads for the East Coast. in the back of him is the wreckage of a once-thriving relatives. Out of six brothers, in basic terms furnish and Max, his a lot more youthful brother, are left. Their mother's demise 3 years later propels furnish domestic, and he reveals the ranch fallen on difficult instances: his father is long gone, and Max is on his means out the door to pursue his artwork. while Max returns the next yr, he brings his female friend, whose presence units up a disastrous clash among the 2 males. concord long past undesirable, solitude turning to a rancid loneliness, the workings of destiny, and a responsible judgment of right and wrong: this is often the stuff of Greek tragedy, and Lennon does a masterly activity of unveiling us a guy who realizes that he's destined to 'live a couple of scant miles from the center of lifestyles, on its relax periphery.' hugely recommended."
—Nancy Pearl, Library Journal

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That strange­ ly different feeling caught us all together. We sat up in the darkness. Suddenly the weak sobbing of one of the young­ er boys shook the dark air. Tearfully, he told us of the catastrophe that had befallen our friend. We understood immediately. Groping in the dark, we gathered around the dead boy, now rapidly beginning to turn cold and stiff, who only at nightfall had still been our comrade. We elbowed aside each other’s warm bodies and touched the flesh which had lost its vital heat, then drew our arms back as if recoiling.

Instantly recovering our spirits, we raised a cheer and went running up to them. The cadets turned round at our cheers, but they stood stiffly and made no reply. They were armed with short daggers. With their hard faces, half-open mouths and well­ shaped heads held straight, they were as beautiful as carefully trained horses. We stopped about a metre away from them and stared at them longingly. No one spoke to them; they too were quiet, looking wan and anxious. These silent cadets, their tender profiles shining in the evening sun peeking through a bare copse on the gentle slope, these young soldiers, silent as if bewildered, exuded an intense, captivating strength like an odour from all over their bodies.

How poor was the meal that was given to us, that awaited us at the end of our long journey. Three basketfuls of scrawny potatoes and a handful of hard rock salt. We were disappointed and angry. But as there was nothing else we could do, we went on patiently eating. We were sitting surrounded by white wTalls and thick crossbeams on the damp tatami of the sanctuary, which was partitioned off from the narrow earth-floored entrance and the toilet by a wooden door. Just by sitting there, we made the interior stuffy.

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