Walk On, Bright Boy

Walk On, Bright Boy

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
An elderly man recalls a defining incident in his youth when, in a remote Spanish village during the Inquisition, a Moor he has befriended is accused by an Inquisitor of being a witch after several children in the village disappear.

Edwin Mellen Pr
"My parents did not intend that I should learn letters, still less that I end my days confined and awaiting the pleasure of the Holy Spanish Inquisition. The confinement is perhaps a consequence of the letters, but I do not regret the learning that has brought me to this pass. Without words I would at best have become the factor for a monastery, laying it hard on tenants and counting the tithe on my tally stick, would in my own sense have been a man without language or favor. As regards my present situation, it is like the Moor said, no one throws stones on a tree without fruit." A touching account of friendship and betrayal in Moorish Spain, Walk On, Bright Boy evokes the pleasures and purposes of walking as a way of engaging with life. Marrying a coming-of-age tale with Gothic horror, it is at once an adventure story, a celebration of the power of dreams, magic and illusion, and an uplifting fable about the joys of living, even in the shadow of death. Both timely and timeless, it can be read as an allegory of contemporary political expediencies and as a parable of personal enlightenment.

Publisher: Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781579621537
Branch Call Number: FIC DAV
Characteristics: 144 p. ; 23 cm


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