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Spitcat, a raging forest fire in the Sierra Nevada of California, had a lifespan of merely eleven days, "yet its effects could be reckoned ahead in centuries." So writes George R. Stewart in this engrossing novel of a fire started by lightning in the dry heat of September, and fanned out of control by unexpected winds. The book begins with the origins of the fire—smolderin ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Bison Books (first published December 31st 1971)
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Barbara Lock
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting story with drawn out and detailed descriptions of physical events including the large forest fire such that they seem to be characters, without acutal personification.

A multi-page description of a minor (or even non-) character's death due to fire is one of the most interesting and absorbing treatments I have ever read.
Alicia
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admitI couldn't finish this, but it's a worthy time capsule of the life of firefighters in the late 1940s. It's clearly written for a young audience (junior high) and very slow.
Mark Buchignani
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A very good read. Not as deep or wide ranging as Earth Abides, but an interesting approach, treating the Fire as a character to be motivated and developed along with the story. As in his other mid-forties work, the language can be a bit stilted, but that does open an eye into the period.
Sdprince
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who lives in the Sierra or the foothills, this is a scary read.
Ralph Carlson
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books. Have read it several times. Two other great George R. Stewart books are STORM and EARTH ABIDES and both are worth reading.
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George Rippey Stewart was an American toponymist, a novelist, and a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his only science fiction novel Earth Abides (1949), a post-apocalyptic novel, for which he won the first International Fantasy Award in 1951. It was dramatized on radio's Escape and inspired Stephen King's The Stand .

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