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"The writing is elegant, reflective and amused. Dr. Sams is a storyteller sure of his audience . . . and gifted with perfect timing." -- The New York Times

The writing is elegant, reflective and amused. Dr. Sams is a storyteller sure of his audience...and gifted with perfect timing. -- The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ferrol Sams is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and the bestselling author of eight novels rooted in the oral tradition of southern humor and folklore. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 3, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140072748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140072747
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Fortmeyer on November 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
A friend sent me a paperback copy of this book for a present recently. I had never heard of it before (I am a "Yankee" by birth) but, got around to reading it. (...) Ferrol Sams is one of the most witty and insightful storytellers I have ever read, and that includes Faulkner and Richard Ford! Anyone from age 14 on up who appreciates a great, fun read will absolutely love this novel. It is the first novel of a trilogy from this still writing Georgian author and doctor. You will feel the part of a kid again reading about the exploits of the brilliant but small "Boy" named Porter Osborne Jr. on his family's Georgia farm during the Great Depression. It doesn't matter what part of America you are from, you will love this brilliant example of true storytelling! BUY IT AND LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By robideau50 on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I always bought a lot of books in a local book store and , based on books I had purchased ,the clerk would occasionally recommend books she thought I would enjoy. She recommended Run With the Horsemen and I bought it. My husband and I always seem to read at night before falling asleep. This book turned out to be one that you couldn't put down. I would start laughing and couldn't stop. My husband read it as soon as I was finished. He reacted the same way. He said you'd think this would be a man's book (the author's service experiences) but even though the subject itself might not have caught my eye, the author has a way of writing that any avid reader would enjoy. I have since purchased the rest of his books and enjoyed them also.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristi P. Vega on November 6, 2000
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I first read this book ten years ago for my 12th-grade AP English class, and it still is one of my favorites. I have bought several copies, but I keep giving them to others to read, so again, I find myself buying another! Once you get into this book, it becomes a part of you forever, especially if you are from the South. While I was reading the trilogy, I found myself using Porter's language and seeing my world through his eyes. This novel is perfect for young adults who are beginning to appreciate good literature, but still need terrific story-telling to draw them in. It's also perfect for older adults who need to laugh and get a refreshing perspective on life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin Jones on September 21, 2004
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This book, plus Sams' other two related to his growing up in Georgia, reminded me so much of my childhood and events that happened in my life. In places I literally cried with delight; others I just added an "Amen;" and when I got through I felt like Sams had written a story of my life! I couldn't put the book down once I got started. Then, when I did finish, I had to start on his other two that are actually sequels to this one. They're priceless, and in many places classically written.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Christian Franck on February 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best American novels of the 20th century, and one of the greatest pieces of regional writing ever published. The details of growing up in Georgia during the depression, the attention to detail, the laugh-out-loud descriptions, and the unforgettable characters make this a classic. The first of three books in a series, this is the only one that is -er- "innocent" enough to recommend to the school board for inclusion in the curriculum (I should be read by every high school student). The other two are equally good but are more suitable for adult readers. Sams is as clever as Twain, as funny as Shepard, as sincere as Charles Kuralt and as connected to his roots as Faulkner. Highly recommended!
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This work by is probably one of the better coming of age accounts written in the last handful of decades. I am a reader and enthusiast of regional Southern writers and Ferrol Sams, by any set of standards, is one of the best, if not one of the most well known. I can truly state that this work rivals that of Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, yet holds the same impact and captures the same essence of the South during those years such as a work similar to Harper Lee's m "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Now I know I am going out on a limb in making that statement, but it is a strong limb I feel and the statement can be easily defended. Sams' overall life time body of work is one of the best kept literary secrets of our time.

Briefly, this is the story of a young boy growing up on a farm and near a small town in Georgia during the depression years. The world of this young lad, Porter Osborne Jr., is seen through the eyes of a very observant 14 year old boy. It is a world known best to those who grew up during this time period or indeed, reached maturity in this geographic area in more recent times. We see intimate glances of Porter's home life, alcoholic but rich (for that time and place) who is an important member of the community. A long suffering mother who must not only endure the drunk (but I must admit somewhat likable) husband's behavior, which includes a wondering eye for the ladies, far from completes the cast of characters living under one roof and hardly stops with the eccentric family characters passing through from time to time; sort of think of a dysfunctional Walton's Mountain with Porter playing a somewhat quirky John Boy.

It should be noted at this time that this book is at the very least, fifty percent autobiographical...there is not doubt.
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