Dust on the Fiddle
on the heels of Mack Samples' first novel, this book picks up
Malone's story in 1961, four years after the events in Doodle
Bug Doodle Bug Your House is on Fire
After a year of bumming around the country and three years
in the army, Corley figures he ought to settle down and make
something of himself, so he enrolls as a freshman at "Mountain
View State College." But things never stay settled for
long when Corley Malone is around.
A staunch conservative steeped in the mysteries of the John
Birch Society Blue Book, he quickly becomes radicalized when
an article he writes for the college newspaper is censored,
and he discovers, just beneath the serene surface of the idyllic
rural campus, a murky world of power politics presided over
by Mountain View State's autocratic president, Dr. Simon Luger.
Corley takes up with Caleb McClanahan, Mountain View's irreverent
Registrar and Director of Admissions, who also happens to be
a talented folk musician. Caleb convinces Corley to "blow
the dust off his fiddle" and join him for some weekend
gigs; the two of them link up just in time to cash in on the
burgeoning folk revival of the early '60s.
When McClanahan is fired during one of Simon Luger's purges,
Corley decides to raise some hell as only he can. He and his
friends on the Mountain Echo start up a down-and-dirty underground
paper, and a full-tilt campus revolt gets underway.
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