The Cedar Post by Jack R. Rose

Can a deaf-blind old man help you find and live the Pristine American Dream?

This compelling novel is not about young romance, prep wrestling, the deaf or the deaf-blind. It is not about terrorism, the holocaust, or understanding death. They are the framework for this heartwarming story about a never-a-serious-thought high school senior and his best friend, a deaf-blind, legless old man, who teaches him how to capture and hold The Pristine American Dream.

Jon Roades, a High-school student growing up in the small town of Declo Idaho in the 1960’s, considers himself more average than a telephone pole, destined to stay in his home town, get a job in one of the potato factories, get married, buy a new TV and get a large belly before he's fifty. Then a deaf-blind, legless man named Ur moves into town. Jon discovers that his big dreams of holding the hand of a pretty cheerleader named Moose or winning a national wrestling championship are possible with the help of Ur's spectacular insight into living the American Dream. Through humor, parables, a healthy dose of action, and lessons taken from Ur’s trials in Nazi Germany during World War II, Jon learns about his inherent rights and the prospective joy they can bring to his life.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Oct. 10, 2008
  • Last updated Oct. 10, 2008
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  • riantorr's avatar
    riantorr wrote 3 years, 5 months ago

    I like your cover art,

  • TheresaMC's avatar
    TheresaMC wrote 6 years, 6 months ago

    I like the concept...I think. That is one crazy pitch. I couldn't make it through, I'd scale it back a bit -- simplify a little. I like the narrator and the naivete, maybe stupidity, of his acts (please, please, put in double spaces before your next revision/upload because it's hard to read single spaces online) and like quirky characters, so I'm looking forward to see where this goes.

  • Martin McGovern's avatar
    Martin McGovern wrote 6 years, 6 months ago
    Jack - This is way out of my personal experience in space and time, and I love it. There are some really funny bits - like getting stuck to the date's head. And the narrative voice is perfect. The only bit I'd change is to remove the paragraph about not washing or waxing after the firework incident, because Jon already says that after the denting incidents. I like the idea that two of the people who used to collect their ...
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  • Philippa's avatar
    Philippa wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Jack. Have read to end Chap 7. A question. How important is the 'backstory' of Ur in Chap 6.? Perhaps the question is could it not be told (in its important elements) by references later. The mystery of Ur drops significantly, and with considerable loss. His incapacity and the silence surrounding it ,acts as such a foil to Jon's rather blunt, simple belief, that things can all be explained. He sits like a reproach without a word. Perhaps I will ...
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  • Philippa's avatar
    Philippa wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Sorry. Couldn't stop. Chapter 4 magic, drew tears just as easily as the first three drew laughter. So glad you have the wisdom to point up humour with the other. Honestly this is very special.

  • Philippa's avatar
    Philippa wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Jack. This is a kind of genius, I wonder how anybody remembers what the rest of us forget, but only to have you re-present the agonies obliterated. A bit confused about why the first time I opened this book I got Chap 2 (and didn't notice) and today I got the glories of the 'outfit'. (I have another 'outfit' to compete in Chap2/3 of Minding the Gap), but very different from that Lime Green Saboteur. This has got to get ...
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  • janie 's avatar
    janie wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Jack,
    I loved your book and have put it on my shelf. Best of luck, Janie.

  • janie 's avatar
    janie wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Jack,
    This book has gone straight onto my shelf. It's brilliant. Best of luck, Janie.

  • Philippa's avatar
    Philippa wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Jack...Came to you via trusty sources. Truly I cannot see a way on this site to get the deserving what they deserve. This was a delicious portrait of place time and the myopia caused by Moose, not to mention the tactics of Bessie. Really loved it. There are things on this site that attract no comments, they are all of a piece, you take them as they take themselves. Have a look at Tales from a Town with a Funny ...
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  • mskea's avatar
    mskea wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Hi Jack, Just have three comments for you here. First - I spent half this chapter laughing out loud - The big hair etc is a bit before my time, but you conveyed it so effectively - I love your descriptions and way you handle feelings / appearance, everything. eg - 'I figured that phone....' / 'flip-flopping faster than a bucket of live trout.' And the way you the indicate the importance of Moose -'if she ever did.' - beautifully ...
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  • TJ Rands's avatar
    TJ Rands wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    this is a proper piece of literature made all the better by the fact that you have completed it.
    this is a novel i would buy and one day i intend to finish it.
    when this goes round the grapevine, i think you'll soar up the charts.
    my best wishes-shelved-TJ

  • Abu El Banat's avatar
    Abu El Banat wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Jack, I'm here on the recommendation of two of the literary giants of this site - MM Bennetts and Paul House - and I can see why they sent me. This is quite superb. I have read 5 chapters and shelved. MMB told me I would love the language, which I do, but what I wasn't prepared for was the humour. Jon is a scream! Episode after episode - the hapless milking of Bessie, the firecrackers, the cow manure, the ...
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  • paul house's avatar
    paul house wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    110 days later, I have returned to shelve you. I do apologise for taking so long to come back, but I am sure you understand how easy it is to get distracted on this site. I said before that it seemed like a lot of recollections and I still think that. But it is not a criticism. Far from it. The writing is beautifully paced and full of striking imagery. - Paul House (Common Places).

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    S. Chris Shirley wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Really great stuff! Shelved!

  • Lesley Barker's avatar
    Lesley Barker wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Jack,
    I meant to read just the first few chapters this evening but I read 5. This is very compelling. I can totally empathize with the main character - and it makes me think about when I was a little girl visiting my grandfather's dairy farm- You write tight, picturesque, emotional prose with a great sense of metaphor. I'll look forward to reading more. Poor Moose.

  • Deborah Aldrich Farhi's avatar
    Deborah Aldrich Farhi wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    This is fun to read, intelligent, deep. It needs some tidying, but not lots. Many paragraphs are too long, need breaking up a bit. At first I thought words like 'drug' itself down, and different where it should have read, "differently" was on purpose for effect. And on that level I think it actually does work. But then I saw "differently" suddently used correctly so I doubted... whichever you use it should be done consistently. I wanted 'Moose' name to ...
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  • Raymond Nickford's avatar
    Raymond Nickford wrote 6 years, 8 months ago
    In general I was particularly struck by your ability to give to your first person narrator a language register which seemed so very appropriate for the "never-a-serious-thought" high school senior you say that you are going to portray in your Synopsis. I presume this narrator is Jon as I don't quite recollect from Chapter 1 whether you actually give him a name at this stage. He came across to me at first a little like Lenny in Of Mice and ...
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  • Denis's avatar
    Denis wrote 6 years, 8 months ago

    Smooth, very smooth. Maybe publishers won't like the length for a first novel (is it?) It's accomplished enough to come from an established author. I'll check out your bio afterwards.
    On my watchlist for now, until I have time to read further.
    Nice start.

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    Corinna Turner wrote 6 years, 8 months ago
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    Corinna Turner wrote 6 years, 8 months ago
    Hi, just had a look at the first three chapters and i'm only stopping now because i've really got to get on with other things! This is fantastic! I took just a couple of notes as i read: 'sit the same perfect sit' – nice phrase 'after swinging the jack a dozen times i collapsed in exhaustion' – hahaha 'how much we loved them' – throw firecrackers at them – hysterical! Chapter 2 'an otherwise baldhead' – 'an otherwise bald ...
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