Title: Mountain and the Valley. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Company, New York , 1952, 1952
Seller ID: 48147
BUCKLER, Ernest. The Mountain and the Valley. New York : Henry Holt and Company, (1952). First Edition. Pp (10),1-373,(1). 8vo, light blue cloth, red top stain. Orange, Ernest Buckler: An Annotated Bibliography A1, Watters p.253, Laugher p.65, Rhodenizer p.788.
His first novel. "The publishers are honored to present in Ernest Buckler's The Mountain and the Valley a novel they believe to be of true literary distinction. This is a story of farm people in Nova Scotia, their dignity and their love and their loneliness. More specifically it is about the Canaan family - Grandmother Ellen, who lives increasingly in the fabric of her memories; her son Joseph, a quiet man but a firm one; his wife Martha, whose sense of fulfillment and harmony vanishes in flare-ups of jealousy; and their children, Chris and Anna. But mostly it is about David Canaan, Anna's devoted twin. The Mountain and the Valley is David's story in the years from shy, sensitive childhood to the waning of young manhood.
"We meet the village boys from whom David always feels a separateness, and Effie, his first and only love, prematurely known and lost too early. There is Effie's mother, Bess, with whom David finds a guilty k ind of solace, and Toby, the city boy from Halifax, David's pen-pal who become a disappointment to David, but not to Anna. We know David's wild dissatisfaction with the farm life, with the pig-sticking, and the rock-hauling, and a calm that he thinks stupidity, and as a counterpoise, his a binding love for the people close to him, for the farm and the woods, the mountain and the valley.
Here at last - there has not been one for years - is a rich novel that creates farm people as they are, as dignified and complex, as truly sophisticated as any city dwellers. Seldom does a first novel bear comparison with writings as distinguished as Willa Cather's My Antonia, O.E. Rölvaag's Giants in the Earth, and H.L. Davis' Honey in the Horn. But The Mountain and the Valley, written by a man mature both in experience and in years, belongs in the great tradition of these novels about the earth and the people who wrest their living from it. It is told with love and generosity, with memorable detail and a feeling for imagery that has rarely been excelled." - from the dj flaps.
Some yellow spotting to front board, else very good in edgeworn and browned un-clipped dustjacket with some surface damage. Signed by Buckler, without inscription, to front free endpaper. A scarce signed copy. 900.00