Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Reviewed by Rosalie Paul

Oliver Gant was fifteen years old at the end of the civil war.  He went to Baltimore and became a stone cutter’s apprentice.  He worked for five years carving doves and lambs on tombstones; but never mastered carving the angel that drew him into the trade.  He wandered for a few years the finally settled in a little town named Altamont nestled in the hills of South Carolina.

He married Eliza Pentland.  Over eleven years they had nine children, six lived.  The story unfolds through the eyes of the youngest child, Eugene, born in 1900.  He is an oximoron being a well educated poor man.  He writes of life and death among the hill people and his difficult journey into manhood.

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