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They Came Like Swallows Paperback – March 25, 1997
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"A heart-warming tale, the book bears witness to William Maxwell's genuine artistry."- Christian Science Monitor
"Rare...exquisite...a cameo-like perfection."- The New York Herald Tribune
"A sensitive, wistful reminiscence... very delightful."- V.S. Pritchett
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My only caveat is that I find the original version better than the current edition, which changed a scene or two. (Why?) Read the current edition and go to the library or haunt your used bookstore for the original.
I guess that it could be argued that the book is a little bit slight, but at the time of reading it was a very emotional experience for me. Maxwell details the intense claustrophobic relationship between mother and children in a real and painful way. Saying that it was moving isn't quite enough for me, but I'm going to have to let it suffice.
I read They Came Like Swallows based on a recommendation. I won't hesitate to read other works by Maxwell. Any suggestions?
I read it once then turned immediately to the first page and began again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took awhile to get into the book. It has 3 sections, each has a different narrator/character.Published 5 months ago by Busy Mom
An interesting juxtaposition, with the novelist writing this now historical novel in the time frame in which it was set. It thus carried a powerful authenticity. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carol Johnson
thank you for the wonderful hardcover edition, and the secure packaging!Published 12 months ago by Karen Toney
Not a particularly fascinating tale, but so well written that it held my interest. The author has a facile pen.Published 13 months ago by bOOKWORM
You can feel it coming, the death that is central to the book, and yet you still want to read towards it, get lost in the prose so that when the death finally does arrives,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terry Galloway