Cry wilderness : a novel

by Capra, Frank, 1897-1991,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Capra
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Capra
The never-before-published 1966 novel by legendary film director Frank Capra finally in print for the first time

"If you, too, feel like wandering, come along and help me unravel this odd tale--a tale full of half-truths, whole-truths, and no-truths at all."

So begins Frank Capra's never published, and often speculated about novel of his favorite place--Silver Lake, nestled in the jagged cliffs of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. Capra casts the fictional Frank Capra in the lead roll of this novel of environmental and humanitarian preservation.

As tourism comes back to the decimated boom towns of the eastern Sierras, Frank Capra finds himself, along with a do-good cop named Lefty, at the center of a scandal. That scandal being that they provided food and protection to two men living off the grid in the wilderness, while the powers that be have been desperately trying to clear the men out of the area, being not the kind of folk they want in their towns.

In a story that only Frank Capra can tell, the David and Goliath of small-town tourism politics comes to a head in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas. Cry Wilderness is a deeply humane novel about the ways in which people caring for one another ultimately triumphs over oppression.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Yes, we're talking about that Frank Capra. The Oscar-winning director of classic films like It's a Wonderful Life and It Happened One Night, Capra was also a writer, best known for his classic Hollywood autobiography, The Name above the Title. He also wrote several books not published in his lifetime, including this environmentally themed novel. Capra clearly cares about its subject (the preservation of one of his favorite places, Silver Lake, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains), and he certainly has a firm grasp on his characters (including the novel's narrator, a fella named Frank Capra). Unfortunately, it must also be said that the book has an uneven blend of comedy and drama, dialogue that might have benefited from a touch-up from a script doctor, and a tone that too often crosses the line between emphatic and strident. It's not a bad novel, and Capra enthusiasts will no doubt want to check it out, but ultimately the book is a curiosity, a story told in words by someone whose primary medium was images.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Tourism -- Fiction.
Conservation of natural resources -- Fiction.
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- Fiction.
Publisher Los Angeles, Calif. :A Vireo Book, Rare Bird Books,2018
Language English
Description 173 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781947856301
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