The Stones of Summer

The Stones of Summer

Dow Mossman

initially released to gleaming reports in 1972, Dow Mossman's first and in basic terms novel is a sweeping coming-of-age story that spans 3 a long time within the lifetime of irrepressible Nineteen Fifties teenager Dawes Williams. incomes its writer comparisons to not less than James Joyce, J. D. Salinger, and Mark Twain, this nice American novel constructed a passionate cult following -- whilst it went out of print for greater than twenty years -- and lately encouraged Mark Moskowitz's award-winning movie Stone Reader.

Dawes Williams is not only a regular boy becoming up within the culture-void Iowa corn kingdom. he's somewhat of a poet, a bit of a genius -- and slightly mad. At six he already is familiar with extra approximately existence than the harsh grandfather whom he idolizes. At eighteen he has been irrevocably categorized because the city eccentric, even if he manages to stave off his extraordinary dispositions and to make it, kind of, as one of many men. yet at twenty-one his threatening darkish impulses begin to surge to the outside and his conflict for sanity and survival starts in earnest.

Dow Mossman is a kind of infrequent writers whose prose reads like poetry and whose photos electrify even the main jaded reader. His novel achieves the mixing of a number of genres; it really is while romantic, lyric, and local within the best experience of the phrases. even though the complete novel spans 3 a long time, it truly is basically situated at the event of starting to be up at the midwestern prairies within the fifties, and it captures with breathtaking artistry a sense for the land, for the folks, and for the parable of that era.

Mossman's presents as a author are striking, and people who can undergo the wonder and the soreness of The Stones of Summer can be shocked, for it finds the very soul of an artist.

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