Bless the Beasts and Children

Bless the Beasts and Children

by Glendon Swarthout
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Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout

"Send Us a Boy -- We'll Send You a Cowboy!" is the slogan of the Box Canyon Boys Camp. But for the nail biters, thumb suckers, and teeth grinders -- the cast-away offspring of parents who are busy travelling, being divorced, remarrying, and garnering fortunes -- it's just another place to face rejection. Until Cotton.

Cotton pulls them together. In a hot-wired pickup, he leads "the Bedwetters" on a fantastic mission to save a heard of buffalo -- and in the process, to save themselves. But as the raw red Arizona sun rises, they will discover the cost of their one grand moment of glory…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671726447
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 10/01/1970
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Glendon Swarthout wrote sixteen novels, many of which were bestsellers and were made into films, among them Seventh Cavalry, They Came to Cordura, Where the Boys Are, Bless the Beasts & Children, and A Christmas to Remember. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and won a number of other awards, including the Western Writers Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Bless The Beasts And Children (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout I thought I was gonna read another story about a bunch of kids who go to camp, and they have a lot of problems with each other. In the end they come together to topple this great feat. Well I was wrong, Swarthout wrote an excellent and compelling novel about a bunch of rich kids who see how cruel humans can be and they come together to help ?the beats.? These are good-hearted kids who deserve a chance at a better a life then what their parents give them. Symbolism shows society and how Swarthout wants to depict it. Many symbols help, move along the story and help Swarthout show us the cruelty of the people that live in Arizona. Wheaties, the children?s militaristic counselor at the Box Canyon Boys camp, represents this symbol. They go on a so-called field trip where their counselor takes them to a Buffalo hunt sponsored by the fish and game commission. The kids watch as the counselor and his buddies ?hunt? for the buffalo in a small pen where they can get away. They slaughter them and the boys are disgusted. Swarthout is trying to relay a message to the people of Arizona that such things go on. This book is somewhat based on a real story of Swarthout?s son and his trip to a camp in Arizona. The boys represent innocence for themselves and freedom for the beasts. The boys disapprove of the way the men treat the beasts and how they are treated by their parents. These are over privileged kids who have been sent to this camp to become ?rugged outdoorsmen.? Even the kids who wet the bed and suck their thumb will become cowboys at this camp. None of them like the camp and after the field trip with Wheaties they decide they will take action. With some trouble and the help of Cotton, a boy at the camp, they pull together and triumph by freeing the Buffalo so no man can hunt them so savagely. The boys are proud of them selves and prove they are real cowboys. The world in their eyes is now a little better. Finally, after this book was published in 1970 many read it and looked into what Swarthout talked about. Many found out that Wheaties buffalo adventure was something that actually happened in Arizona. Protests were help and people wanted it stopped. It finally was. Swarthout knew what he was doing when he wrote this book and I commend him greatly for that. Also having read Lord of the Flies was an interesting aspect. The relation of it is amazing. The boys are somewhat separated and they come together to start a group of people. This was an excellent book that was worth my time to read. I enjoy the way Swarthout uses symbolism. I recommend this book to all readers.
Miss_Scarlett13 More than 1 year ago
We recently read this book in my English class and I must say that it was simply wonderful! It had a plot that kept you reading, and through the multiple eccentricities of the characters, willed you to turn each page. The book had unexpected twists that kept you surprised, and was not at all predictable. It's a great novel for anyone looking for a different read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard a lot of bad things about this book, but after reading it, I can't see why. It was amazing. Humorous and amusing at parts and it kept you entertanined. This is a must- read and I recommend for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing i read it in shool i realy recomend this book for all ages
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bless the Beasts and Children is an outstanding book that I read when I was in 7th grade ( which was over 30 years ago .) I still remember it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 8th grade and loved it. I am looking for books for my own children to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On first reading this work, you will no doubt understand the physical confilct of boys against their society. However, in looking deeper into this book, you can see that, not only are these young men struggling to liberate themselves and a group of animals, but are engaged in a greater struggle dating back two-thousand years. In this book, John Cotton, the boy that takes the leadership role, is an extended metaphor to Jesus Christ. The author has taken the age old approach of naming the character J C to represent this, but simply put, this is only an indicator of his religious similarities to those who cannot pick up on the more subtle clues. John Cotton is taken from among the boys and set as their leader by his actions, he goes through many trials and overcomes them through diverse measures. In the end, he is forced to choose whether his life is more important than the real freedom and adulthood of his followers. Although the symbolism is at one level obvious and can be taken to be a 'tree-hugging' message, this book is truly a religious affair. Due to it's short legnth most people can read it in only a few days, and it is well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book some 23 years ago, I was in the 9th Grade and 14 years old. I thought the story was very effective then as it is now. It's about facing your fears while the odds are not in your favor. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever faced adversity in their lives from those who think they can control your every aspect of life. It made me feel that someone out there really understands what it's like to be a 'misfit' in our 'Holier-Than-Thou' Society!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it had some merits and a somewhat engaging plot, Bless the Beasts and Children is basically the classic story of adolescent rebellion retold. While it has the same basic characters--white male boys on the brink of adulthood--and theme as Lord of the Flies or A Separate Peace, it lacks their originality and momemtum. Instead, it provides sappy sentiment and weak attempts at engaging the reader's emotion. This is a fine book for reading on an airplane but by no means a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cotton holds it all together. Reading it, you can see the similarity between Cotton and Jesus Christ. They both had Judas as their enemy. As for all the other boys, they wouldn't have been able to become men if it hadn't have been for Cotton. The message is as clear as a bell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book 5 stars. It was outstanding. I read this book back in 8th grade and I can honestly say it's the best book I've ever read in my life. I'm going to be honest though. All my friends hated it. But I would suggest it to anyone. Great great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give this book, Bless the Beasts and Children, by Glendon Swarthout three stars. The book just went on and on; it got boring after awhile. I did not like how they mixed flashbacks with the other scenes. It is a good story on how the boys stick together. It also shows how these misfits become strong boys. I would recommend this book to people who like to red because you have to have lots of patience to get threw this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having to read this in class I found myself in torture trying to get through it. I enjoy reading but it wasn't a book that was well written. The point, if there was one, was lost to me and key things in the book were easy to miss. You want a book to read? Check out some of the ones that are 5 stars that I list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once a person's reasons for living are fulfilled, must he die? Cotton comes to the rescue of the bedwetters and proves to them that they each have value. Rejected by their parents, this lesson saves their lives, but at what cost? A great book for book groups and class discussions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was one of the worst books I have ever read! For a best-selling author the book was very hard to understand and most of the words were very difficult