|Plot Summary of Heed the Thunder|
|"HEED THE THUNDER is the second novel of Jim Thompson, published in 1946.
Verdon, Nebraska. The beginning of the 20th century. The Fargo family is an important member of the local society. Lincoln Fargo, the patriarch, has come to this farmer land after having fought the confederates during the Civil War. He become an important farmer over the years but his children must cope now with new problems such as the arrival of the railway company in the country, the prices of the products that change every year and the new farm technologies. Furthermore, one of his sons, Grant, is involved in a love affair with his no good cousin Bella who dreams of leaving the town. Bella's father, Barkley, is the local banker. He will lose all his money by trusting his only employee, Alf Courtland, Myrtle Fargo's husband. Meanwhile, cousin Jeff, the only lawyer in town, gains celebrity by defending his family in a cause involving a preacher and Lincoln's wife, Pearl. He's elected as deputy and, as soon as he arrives in Omaha, becomes the legal man of the Railway Company. Edie Fargo, abandoned by her husband, stays at Lincoln's house and must accept a job as a teacher in a school for immigrants's children.
A terrifying saga of a family that will be destroyed by the march of the 20th century."
Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Heed the Thunder|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
Inside culture (main char)
- family young v. old guard
Outside culture (society)
- American Midwest
- American American
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- healthy but a geeky weakling
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- lot of descript of crop raising
Small town people:
- dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- moving train
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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