Mill Creek Omar Eby

ISBN: 9781453512357

Published: June 15th 2010

Paperback

284 pages


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Mill Creek  by  Omar Eby

Mill Creek by Omar Eby
June 15th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 284 pages | ISBN: 9781453512357 | 7.63 Mb

Mill Creek tells the story of the age-old struggle of an adolescents attempts to understand himself and his world. Peter Martin, the brainy, shy, farm-boy narrator, pious beyond his years, fights a private war: whether to remain with his strictMoreMill Creek tells the story of the age-old struggle of an adolescents attempts to understand himself and his world.

Peter Martin, the brainy, shy, farm-boy narrator, pious beyond his years, fights a private war: whether to remain with his strict farm people or whether to embrace his best friends anarchic approach to Mennonite life. Arthur Nyce, with his flashy clothes, his repertoire of pop tunes, his dereliction of a schools prescribed piety and his open affection throws Peter off balance again and again.Mill Creek records Peters fluctuations between accepting and denying the diverse aspects of these two approaches to Mennonite life.

An almost amorous friendship, the threat of the draft (Korean War), the lure of art, a pregnancy and a tragic drowning aid Peter to make compromising moves to pay tribute to his friend Arthur. In the end, Peter resolves to find a way out of what he has come to understand as the religious oppression of his own community.Set on the campus of a boarding school, this wry, affectionate depiction of two boys struggles towards adulthood illuminates the golden era of conservative Lancaster (PA) Mennonites in the early 1950s.

The youth in Mill Creek are pious, sentimental and romantic. They blend a serious intent to imitate their stolid elders and to mock lightly without fully discarding their heritage. Tender and passionate, innocent and sentimental, rigid and heartbreaking,the novel is a requiem for joy.



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