The Boyds of Black River

The Boyds of Black River There was always something going on in the rambling old mansion that housed the big Boyd family The Boyds were country gentry in the old sense and they lived to the hilt as gentry could at the turn

  • Title: The Boyds of Black River
  • Author: Walter D. Edmonds
  • ISBN: 9780815624547
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • There was always something going on in the rambling old mansion that housed the big Boyd family The Boyds were country gentry in the old sense, and they lived to the hilt, as gentry could at the turn of the century, on a prosperous, sprawling farm in upstate New York As you drove up to the house in your buggy, the first thing you d see was that these were horse people PThere was always something going on in the rambling old mansion that housed the big Boyd family The Boyds were country gentry in the old sense, and they lived to the hilt, as gentry could at the turn of the century, on a prosperous, sprawling farm in upstate New York As you drove up to the house in your buggy, the first thing you d see was that these were horse people Probably the great Blue Dandy himself would be pacing around the half mile track and the colts in the paddock would put on a flurry for your benefit John Callant, the groom, would take your horse and Uncle Ledyard, who would have spied you trotting down the road, would ask you in for a glass of port Then you would meet the lovely Kathy and the Admiral, young Teddy and his dog Leonidas And you might hear little Fanny crying upstairs in the nursery Later on, Doone would come in, having finished his morning s workout with Blue Dandy Then the plans would begin for going to the Fair, or for the grouse shooting, or for rounding up the sheep, or perhaps, most exciting of all, plans for a new trotting race It was a good life, overflowing with excitement, humor, good food and good drink, the smell of autumn leaves, the silence of deep snowdrifts, the clatter of the barnyard all the million activities of country life at its fullest and best You won t read than three pages before you will find yourself an intimate, living part of it.

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    1. Once again, Walter Edmonds has painted a picture that I can easily see my grandfather as the subject, although he was no horseman. Another depiction of early rural farm life in Central New York. The segments around Leonidas' first fight and his protection of the sheep were very well written.

    2. Tales of adults told through the eyes of a 12 year old, with all the insights such a narrator could truly have. Plus a few boyish adventures, too.

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