Midnight Valiant: A Parable Bobby Haas

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Midnight Valiant: A Parable  by  Bobby Haas

Midnight Valiant: A Parable by Bobby Haas
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A coming of age adventure devolves into a profoundly sad family saga of human longing for the Divine.Midnight Valiant is set in a time when our culture is just beginning its subtle shift away from patriarchy. It explores two generations – that fromMoreA coming of age adventure devolves into a profoundly sad family saga of human longing for the Divine.Midnight Valiant is set in a time when our culture is just beginning its subtle shift away from patriarchy.

It explores two generations – that from the morally relative 1960’s, and its progeny, coming of age in the Me-Generation of the 1980’s.Hollow-eyed mothers, missing or broken fathers, warrior sons and powerful daughters are connected to each other by eerie repetitions and patterns, by costly redemption, and by a 1965 Plymouth Valiant.Four college friends travel across the Great Plains prairie in the Valiant. Their destination: a Kansas wheat farm, home to Daniel O’Neill. Here they find Daniel’s uncle Lance, who lost a leg, a brother and the only woman he ever loved to Vietnam.

He lives with bitterness and with Daniel’s mother Becky, a wise Wiccan and post-60’s flower child.Our narrator is a naïf: John Gophe tumbles into a world where rules are fluid and convention is absent. His sweetness and Catholicism create his constant confusion and ultimately, his madness.Gophe is the sidekick of Cib Carkus Adams, a high school football hero and all-American-boy. Adams is big, strong and loud.

He loves life and he loves Nattie Sinclair, a beautiful, smart and funny co-ed. Her eyes are emerald, ringed in black, and remarkable- Gophe can barely bring himself to look at her.Gophe is engaging and sweet and good and naïve, but there is something not quite right about him. He believes he is a plagiarist. He becomes obsessed with sweeping dust only he can see.

A total virgin, he thinks about sex often- he is infatuated with women and their bodies. But it’s an immature, “gawking at tits” attraction. Gophe ever remains a child about sex, just as his immature understanding of God as an old man (Mr.

Somebody’s Dad) keeps him ever a child about spirituality.By the time Gophe has confused God, sex, women, and the sanctity of the Boys Club Barn, little is left except dust, chaos and the 1965 Plymouth Valiant.



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