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Taps: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date April 1, 2001
Pages 340
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618098590
ISBN-10 0618098593
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Sixteen-year-old Swayze Barksdale watches from his Mississippi Delta front lawn as the tow's young men go off into the army, and when he is called to unexpected duty himself, his life becomes filled with funerals and the trajic note of the times.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
The final work by one of America’s most beloved authors, TAPS returns to the stretch of southern delta that Willie Morris made famous with his award-winning classic NORTH TOWARD HOME and the enormously popular tales of his inimitable dog Skip. Morris said he put everything he knew into this novel, and the result is the crowning achievement of his career -- a tender, powerful, very American story about the vanishing beauty of the South and the fleeting boyhood of a young man coming of age in a time of war.

It is 1951 when sixteen-year old Swayze Barksdale watches the young men of Fisk's Landing, Mississippi, march off to a faraway place called Korea. Too young to serve overseas, Swayze is soon called to unexpected duty at home: a local boy is an early casualty of the war, and Swayze is enlisted to play "Taps" at his graveside. Gradually, Swayze begins to pace his life around these all too frequent funerals, where his horn sounds the tragic note of the times.

Still, life in Fisk’s Landing goes on, with its comforting rhythms, hilarious mishaps, moments of pure joy. Young love blossoms, age-old hatreds flare. A cast of eccentric characters help shepherd Swayze into adulthood and teach him what it means to be a patriot, a son, a lover, a friend. Ultimately, when "Taps" is played for someone he holds very dear, Swayze learns what it means to be man.

Wonderfully assured, infinitely wise, TAPS showcases Willie Morris at his most accomplished and resonant, as he takes readers on one last fictional journey through his South, a place as familiar to him "as water or grass or sunlight." Sure to be an instant classic, TAPS is a beautiful, unforgettable story about ordinary people whose lives proceed with the same inevitability as the seasons until day is done.


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9780618098590 | details & prices | 340 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Sixteen-year-old Swayze Barksdale watches from his Mississippi Delta front lawn as the town's young men go off into the army, and when he is called to unexpected duty himself, his life becomes filled with funerals and the tragic note of the times.

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