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The Resource The primal yoke : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author

The primal yoke : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author

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The primal yoke : a novel
Title
The primal yoke
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the book that the readers of The brave bulls and The wonderful country could not possibly have predicted, for in it Tom Lea turns from Mexico and the Southwest to the high mountain country of Wyoming, to snow instead of sand. Its impact is strong; its implications piercingly far-reaching. As it traces the forging of one man's fate while he blindly pursues quite another destiny, The primal yoke reaches the perfection of the inevitable. It is the story of Hank Spurling, a Marine hero of the war in the Pacific, who returned to the Cloudrock Mountains expecting to join his father, Ingo, and to resume his longed-for life as a guide -- as far from coconut and as close to spruce as he can get. He had never been out of Woming when he left for Parris Island and the Seventh Marines, First Division -- the Old Corps. Now after four years of beaches from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, the war was over. Hank has headed away from coral islands, back to Silvertip, Wyoming, and his battle-born dream of the good life waiting for him in the Cloudrocks. There was no reason to suspect that this strong and proud man couldn't wrest such a simple dream from life and from the mountains. No reason at all but the slight foreboding of Ingo's statement that "A man better watch out the way his life will treat him when is mind is too made up." In The primal yoke, Tom Lea has assembled a memorable group of characters that make this his most satisfying novel. There are four very different Spurlings -- Hank; Ingo, the father, gaining strength from the bottle and grieveing for another son, killed in a parachute jump over Holland; Em, whose courageous faith and understanding make up for her husband's shortcomings; Fen, the brother who hates the mountains and is determined to become an artist, ready to catch the first ride out of the Cloudrocks. But these are born the the mountains; others are drawn to them. From an entirely different background comes Robert Royston, Ingo's World War I colonel and millionaire Chicago industrialist, well-intentioned but a failure as a husband and father. It is his irresponsible, twice-divorced daughter Dorothy who provides the obstacle to Hank's goal. She possess everything a beautiful girl to have but a conscience. Yet the love that grows between them is as primal and unseeing a force as a mountain avalanche, leaving no room for a judgment other than its own. In the Cloudrocks, with the buffer of civilization left behind, life becomes more culnerable to these blind forces. And, as he struggles against them to realize the dream which brought him home, Hank Spurling, like all of us, must bear the weight of the primal yoke -- Book jacket
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no index present
LC call number
PS3523.E1142
LC item number
P75 1960
Literary form
fiction
Label
The primal yoke : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
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Publication
Control code
1306682
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
336 pages
Lccn
60009348
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Joyce Gibson Roach, 2011 (Access. No. 2011-127). Former owner's inscription on front free endpaper. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 4 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With covered dust jacket.
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Label
The primal yoke : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
Publication
Control code
1306682
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
336 pages
Lccn
60009348
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Joyce Gibson Roach, 2011 (Access. No. 2011-127). Former owner's inscription on front free endpaper. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 4 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With covered dust jacket.
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illustrations

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