"Ever since you were a little boy, and you first heard the story of your great-grandfather and saw the ruby-glass cand'estick he made, you've had this fever," said Tatinek. Compelled by a dream, Jaroslav, the young immigrant Bohemian boy, throws off the bonds of a dull, drab farm life to search for the duplicate ruby candlestick and its mysterious owner.
Here is an unforgettable and absorbing account of how Jaro unexpectedly becomes a glass-maker's apprentice, deals courageously with the bitter antagonism of other glass-makers and fights a life-and-death struggle with an unscrupulous gambler to save precious secret formulas. Vividly catching the tempo of the mid-nineteenth century, The Blowing-Wand is a stirring tribute to the Bohemian glass-making craftsmen, sure to be a favorite of those who love mystery, excitement and romance.
—From the dust jacket
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