Two chapters from Tracks : a novel in progress

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Guy Herbert Lillian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: In the work from which these chapters are drawn, it was my intention to examine thematically the relationship between a mentor and a protege and the general concept of betrayal and entrappment. For this purpose I have chosen a story set in a northern territory in the year after the Civil War, and as major characters an adolescent boy who has grown up in the environment of his father s farm, and a Union officer who has purchased land adjacent to the boy's home. Through the events of the year from the fall of 1865 through the winter of 1866, the boy, Cary McMillan, grows in his comprehension of his own situation in the territory, finds frustration in his knowledge of the farmer's life laid out for him, seeks escape through the lifestyle of the officer, Captain Hiram L. Joseph, and finally finds frustration there also when he discovers the officer to be a fraud and criminal. Cary McMillan has a choice at the end of the novel between a free life based on an image he knows to be a lie--the Captain's stories--and the "wasted" life of the farm. Through his story I hope to explore frustration, betrayal, growth and hope as human emotions.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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