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Bless the Beasts and Children [Hardcover]

Glendon Swarthout , Margaret Brantley , Cynthia Brantley Johnson


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June 1 2004 Enriched Classics (Pb)
From the author of The Homesman, Glendon Swarthout’s Bless the Beasts & Children is the classic coming-of-age novel that explores the fabric of the American ideal—as seen through the eyes of rebellious youth.

“Send us a boy—we’ll send you a cowboy”: It doesn’t matter if the kid hates the sight of horses. Or if he still sucks his thumb and wets the bed. He’s got to be taught to toe the line. To measure up. To dig in his spurs—because that’s the way things are at the Box Canyon Boys Camp in Arizona.

Based on the adventures of the author’s own son, Bless the Beasts & Children tells a tragicomic tale of a group of disturbed teenaged boys from over-privileged families who are sent by their inattentive parents to camp in hopes that their lazy, urban kids will be toughened up in the cowboy program. Complications arise, but these problem boys band together to take up an important cause.

In this remarkable novel, Glendon Swarthout presents an electrifying portrait of six adolescent “misfits” on a desperate mission to save themselves. And, in a society dedicated to one narrow view of success, they learn something important about what it means to be a man. This is “an exciting mission-pursuit story with an engrossing cast of characters” (Publishers Weekly).
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075693589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756935894
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting April 3 2014
By Rachel Amano - Published on Amazon.com
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Very vivid and can imagine it very well, I might plan to read more books or series from this particular author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading Feb. 8 2014
By Rebecca Black - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a special education teacher and only read this book because one of my students was reading it for his English class. I was totally surprised at how I got sucked into the story and was not able to put it down. I was also surprised that I had somehow missed reading it when it came out. I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend it for teenagers and anyone interested in the prevention of animal cruelty.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed Oct. 11 2013
By Terri L Bestwick - Published on Amazon.com
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Bless the Beasts & Childeren

The book was missing pages. It was pretty crucial to have them since it was for a school report and test.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Aug. 13 2013
By Halai - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book when I was in high school, but I didn't read it for school. Although, it is frequently used as a book for high school literature classes.

I've read this book only a couple of times because it is a very emotionally charged book, but I have purchased it at least a half dozen times because I keep giving it to people.

This book changed me. It changed the way I see the world and it opened my eyes to things I never was aware of before reading it.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, unrealistic, as though a 15 year old girl was writing it. July 28 2013
By H. Fong - Published on Amazon.com
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It's just dull and and incoherent. I cared nothing for the characters (positive or negative) and their actions did not comport with any reality I had at that age.
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