Bless the Beast & Children
By: Glendon Swarthout
Bless the Beast & Children is an intresting book for all ages to read. Glendon Swarthout has put together a novel that is similar to the timeless classic "Lord of the Flies" but has added a more realistic plot and a different line of characters. In the following report I will discuss the characters, plot, and style of writing used in the novel.
The plot in the story was something that alot of people can relate to, summer camp. In the story 6 boys are assigned to a camp but the 6 boys that are in the story are different from all of the other groups, their loosers. Cry babies, party poopers, loosers, that's all they were and they all had to sleep under the same roof. One can imagine what kind of group of kids that would be but it turned out alright thanks to the 5 other boys leader Cotton. The boys get made fun of all through camp. The majority of them want to go home but Cotton keeps their hopes up. He is the kid who was like all of the pother normal athletic boys in the camp but he had a different thought process, felt, beleived, thought different about things. This made him different to all of the other boys so he got stuck with loosers. If it wasn't for him all the
One night Lally 2, brother of Lally 1, got home sick and made for the road, the boys took aftyer him and found him in the woods shivering scared. He told them make beleive stories befor they went to sleep at night about journies, that kept them pepped up. He has a very similar style to Evan Hunter, author of "The Blackboard Jungle". There frequent misfortunes is rather humorous and makes the book more enjoyable to the reader. His writing is short and straight to the point. The boys have alot more problems and adventures the rest of the way to the canyon. Once they made it, they would sit and rest and then head back for camp and be in their sleeping bags by 5:30am . boys would have went home half way through the summer because of not haveing any fun. Swarthout's novel was a little bit more of an easy read, compared to Evan Hunter's novel but Evan hunter is an author who can write a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There, Goodenow, a small time grease monkey who worked for his father in a garage as a kid, would hot wire a truck and then they would be back on track to the grand canyon. It turned out that they could only push the truck so far because 2 minutes down the road they reached in obstacle. The boys just couldn't push it any further so they pushed it back into the barn and started hitching it towards the nearest town.