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The Boar
     

The Boar

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by Joe R. Lansdale
 

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It’s the summer of ’33 and the Depression has the Dale family living “close to the bone.” While his father travels with the carnival, hoping to win prize money for wrestling, fifteen year-old Ricky takes charge of the farm and family. All he really wants to do, though, is be a writer. “The idea was comfortable, like drinking a big

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It’s the summer of ’33 and the Depression has the Dale family living “close to the bone.” While his father travels with the carnival, hoping to win prize money for wrestling, fifteen year-old Ricky takes charge of the farm and family. All he really wants to do, though, is be a writer. “The idea was comfortable, like drinking a big cup of hot coffee on a cold morning and having it spread around inside your stomach.” But then their corn crop is ripped up by the roots and their dog killed by Old Satan, the Devil Boar. With his best friend Abraham, an old Winchester, a shield and spear and guidance from Uncle Pharaoh, Richard Harold Dale sets out to even the score.

Readers may recognize some of The Boar’s characters from Lansdale’s Edgar-award winning novel, The Bottoms. Along with Sunset and Sawdust and the recently-published YA novel, All the Earth Thrown to the Sky, the less well-known Boar is a jewel-like addition to Lansdale’s Depression-era East Texas “country noir.”

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Unknown - Sybil Steinberg
Set in 1933 during the early Depression, with whispers of Mark Twain and an echo of Faulkner's The Bear, this yarn recounts the bravado of 15-year-old East Texas farm boy Richard Dale, who battles with "old Satan," a wild boar of mythic proportions.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013377400
Publisher:
Gere Donovan Press
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
606,588
File size:
301 KB

Meet the Author

With more than thirty books to his credit, Joe R. Lansdale is the Champion Mojo Storyteller. He’s been called “an immense talent” by Booklist; “a born storyteller” by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”

He’s won umpty-ump awards, including sixteen Bram Stoker Awards, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, the “Shot in the Dark” International Crime Writer’s Award, the Golden Lion Award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book Award. He’s got the most decorated mantle in all of Nacogdoches!

Lansdale lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.

Find him online at www.JoeRLansdale.com.

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Boar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good story by my favorite author. A true master
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Champion joe does it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago