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Eastern Sun, Winter Moon: An Autobiographical Odyssey Paperback – June 9, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (June 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156002035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156002035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Author Paulsen recounts the horrors of his childhood during WWII in which he and his mother travel to the Philippines to join his father, an army officer.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In 1945, at age seven, author Paulsen and his mother traveled to battle-scarred Manila to join his father, a military officer who had been absent from Paulsen's life since before World War II. Here, Paulsen vividly chronicles the high adventure of a boy's journey by car from Chicago to San Francisco, his voyage across the Pacific, and his arrival in the Philippines, a feat accomplished in large part by his mother's willing and serviceable promiscuity. Although Paulsen's memory is so vivid that credibility is sometimes strained, his memoir is wonderfully readable. The book is also an interesting portrait of adults as viewed by a child from whom little of the adult world is hidden. Paulsen's prose, usually exercised in novels for young adults, is colorful but unadorned; his story is overfull of drama. Recommended for popular collections.
- Tim Zindel, Sacramento, Cal.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Eastern Sun, Winter Moon by Gary Paulsen is a well-written,detailed account of Paulsen's childhood. Set in post World War II times, Gary Paulsen delivers astonishing and often vividly dramatic stories from his life. From his early exposure to sex to biting his tongue off or witnessing a shark attack after a plane crash, Paulsen's early life is filled with plenty of experiences to keep any reader interested. This book has a great deal of adult material and would be suggested for mature readers.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most remarkable pieces of non-fiction I have ever read. It turned me into a real Gary Paulsen fan, despite the fact that most of his stuff is written for teenagers. If you are an adult, find his other non-fiction. It is all powerful and very worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bordes on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Touching, personal account of a boy who lived a full life by age seven. The author is totally frank about his mother's carousing while also showing her to be one of the most loving, generous parents who ever beat a man to death. An adventurous coming of age story with a hell of a bite.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By No Man on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Gary Paulsen, famous for "Hatchet" and other young adult memoirs, was given a box of black and white photos taken in his early years, and along with his sister's encouragement, was inspired to write this memoir. The result was this book.

It starts out with a bang in the first chapter, when, after sneaking out of the house from a nap with his mother, he is cornered by a homeless bum/pedophile whose attempt to abuse him is aborted by an attack from Paulsen's mother, and it appears that she also killed him. Further chapters decribe him witnessing his mother getting drunk numerous times, having sex with various men, traveling by car and boat to the Phillipines, witnessing shark attacks on passengers escaping from a plane that fell in the sea, watching a man get cut in half by a piece of corrugated iron during a typhoon in the Phillipines, among others. How this man survived such a traumatic childhood is beyond this reader's grasp. Does not slow down for one minute. Great book. Read it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Gary Paulsen is truly a rare talent. Your right there where ever he is, smelling the sea, the jungle, he draws you in and keeps you right along side him!
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I was amazed by this book as I have been with all I have read of Paulsens life. It is a wonder he lived to full age!!! Adventursome right from the get go!! Smart and eager to learn. I began my trip through his writing with Hatchet that was purchased to share with a young teen and have enjoyed many of his work since. Sometimes felt he was driven by a death wish! He certainly shaped his own life.
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