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So Long, See You Tomorrow Paperback – January 3, 1996
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Same for the book on the whole: a straight-forward and concise record of a painful childhood + a convincing and sympathetic account of what could have happened in the tragic murder/suicide that took place in the book. In the pages depicting Maxwell's childhood, you see images of the child agonizing over the death of his mother, the loss of a normal childhood, the bitterness against his father and a mixture of all these unresolved feelings which the grown up narrator narrates with great immediacy. The pictures are particularly heart-breaking as the writing is very subdued - everything is described for what it is and the author, while expressing his feelings directly, simply state what he feels without exaggeration. It is the kind of autobiographical writing that makes you understand why one writes autobiography and why all of us grieve over certain things that we think we've let go, or constantly hope we'll let go: some things will always be there, down deep, once they happen.
The fictional account of the murder/tragedy echoes Maxwell's story: how everyone has a heart and a right to their feelings; how we all get trapped in situations we cant control and break someone's heart or gets heart-broken. In a way, writing this story seems to be a way of coming to terms with things for Maxwell- to get over the bitterness against things gone wrong by understanding the complexities and inevitability of some situations.Read more ›
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After finishing So Long, See You Tomorrow, the first thought that came to my mind was that this story could have been narrated by a very young Nick Carraway from F. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christian Engler
[This review is imported from my blog on GoodReads]
"Authentic" is a good one-word description of William Maxwell's "So Long, See You Tomorrow" -- in... Read more
Absorbing story. A past tragedy and the effects it had on not just the families involved but also on the friendship between two young boys. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ann Douillard
This is a brilliant book. The second half is engrossing and as realistic and clear as a star studded winter night. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Taylor
This is such a heartfelt and ultimately heart-breaking story. I try and find hope in some of the open-ended questions and conclusions how things in the past become like stories... Read morePublished 3 months ago by @gocohen
Didn't hold my attention, felt wandering and overly descriptive.Published 3 months ago by courtneyrau
Love the smoothness of Maxwell's writing. He's most authenic when he writes about his own life and not subjectively about other's. Over all, its a good read.Published 4 months ago by M. C. B. Greeley
Great book. Evokes the emotion of a John Graves or Wallace Stegner in that the reader is buried in the feelings that develop from the infidelity and the results that follow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Misko