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The Cleft Rock

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Title:The Cleft Rock
Hobart, Alice Tisdale   
(1 of 4 for author by title)
Oil for the Lamps of China
Published:   1948
Publisher:The Bobbs-Merrill Company
Tags:fiction, water transportation, American west

“The Valley”, the people of California call the great Central Valley lying deep-folded between the high and sharply canyoned Sierras on the east and the smoothly molded coastal ranges on the west. At The Valley’s foot a thinning mountain spur separates it from the Mojave Desert. At its head stands Mount Shasta, forever white with snow.

Five times great migrations of spent and weary men and women have reached The Valley’s edge, then wound down through the twisting mountain defiles, to settle on the valley floor. The Valley in the spring, now filled from rim to rim with the mingled scent of all the blossoming fruit trees of the world, in the autumn a glowing bowl filled with the purples and golds of the harvest.

One thing only is denied to it in abundance—water. . . .—Excerpt from Prologue. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:348 Info

Author Bio for Hobart, Alice Tisdale

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Alice Tisdale Hobart (January 28, 1882–March 14, 1967) born Alice Nourse in Lockport, New York, was an American novelist. Her most famous book, Oil for the Lamps of China, which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912.

She published more than a dozen novels in all by the time of her death in 1967, with almost four million copies in print.


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