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Long Train Passing
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785277056, Hardcover)Set against the backdrop of World War II and the Korean War, Long Train Passing takes us to a time when teachers could change the world, when a stranger's help was graciously accepted and freely given, and a time when the promise of a bright future could capture the imagination and determination of any child.
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Wise's "Long Train Passing" is about a love affair between two handicapped people, a schoolteacher and a grave digger, drawn together because both wish to befriend a youngster named Jewel. Jewel shows the potential to be a fine scholar but is cursed with a brutal, alcoholic father--the owner of a local pool hall and bar called the Kingdom. The long train that passes is one grave digger's metaphor for life, as he has seen it go by. This is a likable, well-written, but not always credible story, thanks to Wise's sentimental flourishes; still, his evocation of wartime in a small Missouri town goes far to redeem his excesses.
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