The Thresher Author:Herbert Krause Like life, The Thresher is an intricate combination of day-to-day living, harsh conflict, passion, beauty and love. — In the forefront is Johnny Schwartz, or JOhnny Black as he comes to call himself, but not far behind him is the whole community of wheat farmers in the Pockerbrush Hills of wester Minnesota, with their narrow religion, their lusty... more » dances, beer drinking and barnyard bawdy talk, their clannish resistance to outsiders, their constant struggle with the land. It is a hard struggle, crushimg many of them and making them old before their time, but i never kills their humor and their joy in a party, whether it is a cradling match, a christening or a barn dance.
It is a story of the need, the lust for power. For it is only through power that Johnny Schwartz can face down the talk that he is like his father, still the tongues tht even in his school days drove him wild with their teasing song.
This is a love story--the story of a love intense, wayward, lifelong, battling ironically for its happiness against a Hell-and-Damnation religion.
This is an epic of the threshermen, centered and contained in the Minnesota wheatlands. But it is also the universal drama of men in conflict with a changing world.« less