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While the locust slept

Author: Peter Razor
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2001.
Series: Native voices.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"First-time author Peter Razor recalls his early years as a ward of the State of Minnesota. Deftly disclosing his story through flashbacks and relying on research from his own case files, Razor pieces together the shattered fragments of his boyhood into a memoir that reads as compellingly as a novel."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Peter Razor; Peter Razor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Razor
ISBN: 0873514017 9780873514019 0873514262 9780873514262 0873514394 9780873514392
OCLC Number: 45714869
Awards: Winner of Minnesota Book Award (Autobiography/Memoir) 2002
Description: 200 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Native voices.
Responsibility: Peter Razor.

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"First-time author Peter Razor recalls his early years as a ward of the State of Minnesota. Deftly disclosing his story through flashbacks and relying on research from his own case files, Razor pieces together the shattered fragments of his boyhood into a memoir that reads as compellingly as a novel."

"Abandoned as an infant in 1930 at the State Public School in Owatonna, Minnesota, Razor is raised by abusive workers who think of him as nothing more than "a dirty Injun" and endures years of beatings "with a broom or radiator brush - whatever was handy." One night, while he is asleep, one of the matrons attacks him with a hammer. In the wake of this savage beating, he finally receives a brief interlude of compassionate care in the hospital.

As a teenager, he makes two failed attempts to run away from the orphanage."

"He is labeled a troublemaker and indentured as a hired hand to a farm family. For a moment, it appears he may escape the grasp of abuse, but instead it is a deeper descent into darkness. The farmer beats him, clothes him in rags, and treats him like a slave, often working him to exhaustion without enough food. Remarkably, Razor struggles to attend high school and begins to dream of another life, but first he must endure the darkest and most vicious attack yet."--Jacket.

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