|Plot Summary of Peter Loon|
Viking, Jul 2002, 24.95, 320 pp.
In 1801 in the District of Maine of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently widowed Rosemund Loon sends her teenage son Peter to find an uncle he has never met. Peter has never left his home in Sheepscott Great Pond so with trepidation and anticipation, the teenage begins a trek to locate Obed Winslow, not realizing that the target of his quest is not blood, but the suitor his mother did not marry.
The journey proves dangerous and distracting as seventeen year old Peter meets various people. He encounters females that divert his attention from his goal and learns that though the American Revolution ended two decades ago, many of the farmers wonder why they revolted as the wealth remains with the privileged few in Boston and New York. Peter is discovering a vast world made up of different people in his quest through New England.
No one does the late eighteenth country early nineteenth century like Van Reid does. His latest tale, PETER LOON, brings to life a side of America rarely found in the textbooks as the author vividly describes people not harmoniously monolithic in support of the Founding Fathers. The story line is loaded with vivid descriptions and plenty of action with Peter obviously the focus, but also contains too many subplots as if Mr. Reid wanted to get as many of his thoughts into the novel as he could. Still, Mr. Reid's coming of age Americana historical tale remains top notch and worth reading just as the author's Moosepath Adventures prove he is the fictional chronicler of the early years of the United States.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Peter Loon|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
- searching for parent(s)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Northeast
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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