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The Tom-Walker

by Mari Sandoz

The Tom-Walker Synopsis

A hold, biting novel by the author of Old Jules and Crazy Horse, The Tom-Walker spans three generations in a Midwestern family. The patriarch, Milt Stone, who lost a leg fighting in Grant's army, is the Tom-Walker, circus slang for man on stilts. After the Civil War he takes his family west to the Missouri country. There he gains a reputation as a raconteur and as a passionate defender of the little man who works hard, fights the wars, and gets squeezed out by powerful interests. He lives to see his son and grandson fight in World War I and World War II, respectively, and return home from those wars, maimed like him, only to have to resume a fight just to stay alive. Crowded with living characters, The Tom-Walker never loses the larger view of American history. From the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age, everybody is trying to be either a Jay Gould or a Jesse James, out for easy money, everybody [is] wanting to be king of something: mines, railroads, cattle, outlaws, anything. How people like the Stones fare is the story within this story.

The Tom-Walker Press Reviews

Rich and warm and extravagant and deeply rooted in what her America has been and is. -New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review A vigorous and thoughtful novel. -New York Times New York Times There is a good deal of America in the book, and the narrative teems with violent energy. -New Yorker New Yorker

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803291478
Publication date: 15th June 1984
Author: Mari Sandoz
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 372 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

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