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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.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Life of a profession:    -   farmer Inside culture (main char)    -   Christian Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard Outside culture (society)    -   American Midwest    -   American American If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Loss of...    -   husband/boyfriend/squeeze Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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