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The author, a history professor, has based his first novel on a tragic event that took place in Wisconsin in 1889. It is a grim story of farmer John Hanson, a vicious man who brutalized his wife, his stepson, and nearly everyone else. When he returns from a five-year prison term Hanson vows vengeance against his family. His neighbors, wife, and stepson, unable to obtain protection from the law, take the law into their own hands. Although the style lacks distinction and the story is too spare, the reader will not put it down unfinished. Sister Avila, Acad. of the Holy Angels, Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556180002
  • Publisher: Brunswick Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/1986
  • Pages: 160

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    Gothic Tale is Simple but Profound

    Scott Wright¿s gothic historical novel is a gripping read into late 19th century Wisconsin. The story uses minimal characters in order to focus strong and hard into the life of a young, impoverished woman, Mary, who as a young maid finds herself in desperation after a brief affair leaves her pregnant. To resolve the issue, she hoodwinks her way into a marriage with a brutish landowner, John Hanson, who through the coarse of this brief novel reveals himself to be a rural lowlife filled with a taste for the drink and an escalating degree of misanthropy. As chapters build, the tension grows, and the more Mary endures as a physically and emotionally abused heroine, the more the reader will delight in the anticipation of the novel¿s gritty but satisfying ending. The reader may find the story to be told with a shallow degree of elaboration, but it is this very monotone that keeps the pages turning, proving once again that the same technique employed by such as masters as Hemingway and Faulkner are still what make simple stories all the more profound.

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