Thursday, June 15, 2017

When All The World Was Young

By Ferrol Sams

The third and last book in the trilogy that tells the story of Porter Osborne Jr. This book starts with his going to medical school at Emory, while WWII is getting into full force. He is torn between his studies and joining the army, while the army tells him they'd prefer to have him join as a doctor. Still, hearing about college friends who were forced to serve because their chosen career paths did not include medical school, he decides to flunk so he can get recruited. His training takes much longer than he expected, and he ends up in limbo for a while because of misplaced records, but finally, many days after D-Day, he lands on the shores of France, where he serves as a med tech in a field hospital. If college afforded him a chance of getting to know people from outside of his Georgia bubble, this new chapter expands his circle so much further.

This book was written more than a few years after the first two, and I did sense a bit of a difference. It is still very enjoyable, and often laugh-out-loud funny. [610 pp.]

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Whisper Of The River

By Ferrol Sams

The second book of the funny and enlightening trilogy follows the boy through college. If he was pranky as a little kid in the farm, he is even prankier as a college student. Still smart and kind, he now has a chance to see more of the world and to grow, in more than one meaning.

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Run With The Horsemen

By Ferrol Sams

This is the first book of a wonderful trilogy which follows the life of one boy to adulthood and war. It's hard to not fall in love with the boy. He's smart, good hearted, and pranky. Growing in a farm in Georgia, he's not unaware of the injustices surrounding him related to class and race. It is much more difficult for him to realize the faults of his much-admired father.
I had to choose a trilogy from a list for designing book covers and I sure am glad I chose this one.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Human Stain

By Philip Roth

This must be the most ironic book I've ever read. Well written and down-right engaging and thought provoking. It shows how easily people can get carried away by random accusations, and how easily lives can change because of these accusations. It reminded me of an incident that happened last year, or maybe the year before, about a distinguished professor who was accused of being a sexist because of a joke he told at some conference. This escalated so quickly, and in no time he was forced to resign. The plot of the book takes place in the 1990s, before the rise of Facebook and Twitter, and the events don't spread as far and wide as the more recent event I mentioned, but the similarities are quite disconcerting. [384 pp.]

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Hen That Dreamed She Could Fly

By Sun-Mi Hwang

A beautiful little book about an egg-laying hen who wishes to escape her cramped quarters and raise a chick. Through perseverance and opportunity she manages to do that. This book is not only well-written (kudos to translator Chi-Young Kim), but also esthetically pleasing with its beautiful illustrations by Nomoco. [144 pp.]

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Way To Go

By Tom Ryan

A coming-of-age while coming-out-of-the-closet book. The story describes teenage friendships and other relationships in a very believable way. Overall, a nice book. I think I had a bit of trouble with some of the writing, but since I finished this book some time ago, I can't give specifics. In any case, it wasn't anything major. [224 pp.]

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The Pig Comes to Dinner

By Joseph Caldwell

This is the second book of the Pig Trilogy. I read the first one a while back and enjoyed it a lot, so I was happy to find the second in the library. The pig who brought so much change to the lives of the humans he interacted with, continues to let his spirit cast warmth and hope on the people and ghosts around him. Like the first one, this book is also written splendidly with wit and humor. It truly is a fun read. Looking forward to the third one, though, again, this book can definitely stand on its own. [255 pp.]

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