Woodsburner

Woodsburner

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Set against the backdrop of a devastating forest fire that Henry David Thoreau accidentally set in 1844, John Pipkin's novel brilliantly illuminates the mind of the young philosopher at a formative moment in his life and in the life of the young nation. The Thoreau of Woodsburner is a lost soul, resigned to a career designing pencils for his father's factory while dreaming of better things. On the day of the fire, his path crosses those of three very different people, each of whom also harbors a secret dream. Oddmund Hus, a shy Norwegian farmhand, pines for the wife of his brutal employer. Eliot Calvert, a prosperous bookseller, is also a hilariously inept aspiring playwright. Caleb Dowdy preaches fire and brimstone to his followers through an opium haze. Each of their lives, like Thoreau's, will be changed forever by the fire. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, ©2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781299070660
1299070663
9780385530477
0385530471
Branch Call Number: PS3616.I65 W66 2009x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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