Warren native and professeur Reg Darling explains the "sacrament" of hunting to non-believers in a highly literate journal that took a lifetime to write. "Hart" is the original name for deer and also stands for "heart" or spirit. "Well" means health. And Hartwell is the central character of the book. Aside from a first-aid manual, this book should be in every hunting camp in the county and perhaps under every hunter's Christmas Tree. The book cover depicts a sacrifice made to coyotes, near Tiona, Pennsylvania.
This stuff actually happened and is probably going on right now and involves characters many local residents will recognize as their neighbors, although the names were changed to protect the author in a roman a clef style. It is important to point out, however, that Hartwell is a real name as is Hartwell Road. More about this later.
It's 287 pages and takes about 2 months to finish, longer if you read between the lines which is the best part.
If you are a hunter or love someone who is, this book will enrich your life. Not for the squeamish. Darling is also an award-winning artist and frequent contributor to publications like Backcountry Journal, Bowyer's Journal, and Professional Bowhunter Magazine.
Available at Authors Books & Music on Liberty Street in downtown Warren, Amazon.com, or the author's web site. Just google "Hartwell Road" or "Reg Darling."
But wait, there's more! Readers who purchase this book in the next 24 hours (or the next 5 years, for that matter) get a special bonus--a genuine "coming of age" story about the main character named "Bartleby." The tale is weaved into carefully crafted details of expert hunting techniques every father or mother will want to tell a son or daughter about, saving years of trying to find the right words at the right time.
Read all about how to successfully keep a job you don't really like, losing love, finding love, dealing with incorrigible parents, getting an education, the necessity of grieving no matter how long it takes, coming to mature terms with life-threatening illnesses, proper eulogies, even retirement and much, much more--all of which occurs pretty much right here in this neck of the woods. Whether you believe "coming of age" is something that occurs somewhere around the 21st or the 61st birthday, you're sure to save big money by living vicariously through Bartleby's adventures as he hunts relentlessly for things he prefers to do for very important reasons.
But this is no self-help book. It's an expedition out of the life of quiet desperation most of us live and still wonder how we got turned around in the first place.
-- Chris Lareau