The Resource Camp Pleasant, Richard Matheson, (electronic resource)

Camp Pleasant, Richard Matheson, (electronic resource)

Label
Camp Pleasant
Title
Camp Pleasant
Statement of responsibility
Richard Matheson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This short novel that is told with almost fable-like simplicity: Matt Harper is a first-time counselor at a boy's summer camp when he witnesses a casual brutality that leads to murder. The bullying, gluttonous headman Ed Nolan (who has "reduced Camp Pleasant to a microcosm of the Third Reich") is portrayed as one stereotype that the reader is not sorry to see killed off. Instead, all of our sympathy is reserved for the possible suspects: Merv Loomis, the homosexual counselor Nolan humiliates into quitting; the troubled ten-year-old Tony Rocca; Nolan's meek wife, Ellen; and several others. The setting and tone have the distinct feel of the early 1950s, but a casual reference to actress Catherine Deneuve places the action in the mid-60s or later. In other hands, perhaps this minimalist plot would be inadequate, but Matheson, author of Somewhere in Time and Hell House as well as classic Twilight Zone teleplays, has such a command of his craft that reading this book is pure pleasure. The simple writing style brings to mind Hemingway. "It was a Wednesday night and there were movies down in the lodge so I sent my boys there and stayed in the cabin, packing my trunk." Occasionally, Matheson waxes poetic: "I lay there staring at the wall, feeling my heart thud slowly in my chest like the fist of a dying man on the wall of his prison." Readers will find in Matheson's book a deeply engaging story with a clear writing style that is a pleasure to read
Pace
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
065496
Cataloging source
Midwest
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1926-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Matheson, Richard
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Camps
  • Camp counselors
  • Music teachers
  • Young men
Target audience
adult
Label
Camp Pleasant, Richard Matheson, (electronic resource)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11334824
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795315763
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11334824
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Camp Pleasant, Richard Matheson, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11334824
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795315763
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11334824
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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