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Run with the Horsemen (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series) Paperback – July 3, 1984
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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This really isn't a novel; it's a series of episodes featuring the same teenage boy. Should have been written as a collection of short stories.Published 2 months ago by Elisabeth
Now THIS is how a coming-of-age story should be written. Alongside To Kill a Mockingbird, which is the best of the best, I think that Run With the Horsemen comes in a close second,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by LindaD.
I am a fan of Ferrol Sams' trilogy. I've read them multiple times and it's a shame they aren't more widely known. The main character (based on Sams himself? Possibly loosely? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tanya Ruttenberg
This is the funniest book I have ever read! It is a bit dated. By that I mean it is set in the mid-century Deep South with its ingrained predudices. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Happy iPad User
I know this is going to be a disliked review by the many who apparently love this book. I enjoyed it, but I put it down after 150 pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Taylor
This book was the first one of Ferrol Sams books that I read. I enjoyed all of them and thought that Ferrol Sams must have had a lot of fun writing the books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sam