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Too Much Sun (a coming of age classic) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Olds
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

OVER 250,000 copies sold! A timeless and touching coming of age classic
“The astonishing first novel about a runaway kid in Alaska”

“By Kerouac out of Salinger . . . The pioneer of a new post-Beatnik generation.” New York Herald Tribune

“Rowdy, wild and bawdy. Barry is as engaging as Holden Caulfield and as believable.” Book of the Month Club

“What a discovery! Lee Olds writes brilliantly, his empathy for his characters is much like Steinbeck, but the voice he gives them is closer to Salinger.” Chris Child

Discover TOO MUCH SUN, the 60s best-selling classic by Lee Olds, the beautifully written tale of Barry Douglas who runs away from his stifling home and rich parents to live by his own means in the freedom and beauty of the wild frontier of Alaska. Barry gets a tough job cutting brush at a remote mining camp and finds release from the gruelling labor with sex, cold beer, and jazz. In the local town he meets Mary, a half Eskimo prostitute with whom he discovers both love and tragedy. This is the unputdownable novel of a young man coming to terms with himself and his world. A great read which will delight and surprise you.

Lee Olds is a pioneer of post-Beatnik writing whose provocative novels are finally being released for a new generation of readers. His other books - the terse psychological novella Clara, the dark novel The Bilge, and the gripping novel The Return - are also published by Not So Noble Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not So Noble Books; 2 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this with no expectations. My feeling was that this book, first published in 1960, deserved a second glance if it was seen as good enough to make the Kindle leap from such early beginnings. The protaganist, Barry, is an engrossing character. We journey with him as he tries to shake off his confined, bougouise lifestyle for one of freedom in both thought and love. It speaks of the age it was written in and I loved it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost forgotten classic June 30, 2013
By Jak
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a stunningly written coming of age story (and much much more) set in Alaska. Great writing and a brilliant plot. Hard to believe that it is over 50 years since it first appeared and that after all the favorable attention it received at the time it is so little known today - maybe now that it has finally been published on Kindle it will receive the attention it deserves.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First novel success November 5, 2011
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This novel dates back to the Beat era and is a sort of travel adventure. Think Alaska and gold nuggets. Cool story, man! It's worth remembering Lee Olds, San Francisco longshoreman and writer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! August 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Too Much Sun is an extraordinarily rich and entertaining novel that brings back all in a flood all the dreams and desires of a young man becoming adult, discovering the social world around him, changing aims with the wind but embracing life to the point of abandon. A great classic tale. Read The Bilge by the same author. Equally good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but ......... September 30, 2013
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I don't like to give only three stars to a novel which is original and engaging in style, and peopled with amazingly interesting characters. But for me it was just too much of a good thing: it became repetitive and dragged on. I found it very hard to keep interested by three quarters of the way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING April 22, 2014
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I found this book quite captivating. It is about a boy with rich parents, who strikes out on his own and heads for Alaska. He has quite a lot of new experiences that he does learn from, about a different way of life, such as working in the fields, panning for gold, to learning how to deal with women, something that he never considered. In the end he seems to have adjusted to it all. I never had rich parents but can understand his confusion in all the differnt adventures he gets involved in. This would be a good book for teenagers to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a male teenage rant from start to finish. Very unlike ANYTHING I've ever read before. I believe this book was originally written in the 1960's but you can still identify with the protagonist's feelings of teenage angst. At times you'll feel intrigued by his perspective and insights and just a few sentences later end up shocked by his sheer immaturity. Unique and amusing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Whiney Holden Caulfield March 26, 2014
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This intensely irritating novel follows a young man who runs away from his upper class life to work in Alaska. His interior monologues bounce us around inside his testosterone-fueled flight to find meaning, but basically end nowhere. I struggled to a. identify with his angst, b. connect with his dreams and c. believe this little punk's tales. Maybe a good read for someone else, but it didn't qualify as 'classic' lit for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Nahhhh
Could not get into it.
Published 16 days ago by John Karlson
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse Review I have Ever Given
I have never given less than 4 stars for a book, but this book calls for it. This book rambled on and on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DORIS
2.0 out of 5 stars Others may love it.
Not fond of this kind of story. Others may love it.
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book by little known beatnik.
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic!
I’d never heard of Lee Olds before and came across this book accidentally. I decided to have a go after reading all the comparisons to Kerouac and Salinger both of whom I love but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hagop Atamian
3.0 out of 5 stars well written
just couldnt seem to get into the book, was well written but not my cup o f tea i guess
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't read enough of this to review the book; just not my cup of tea from the get-go.
Published 7 months ago by mary b
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for middle School
Awful book fort the age group recommended. Bad language and connotation.
Published 8 months ago by Jazzigyrl
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
what started out a s what I thought would be a great story turned out to be a boring piece of letters. Seriously who makes paragraphs that long? Read more
Published 9 months ago by jo j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
Fascinating enough to keep turning the page. I enjoyed his style of writing. Main character was interesting and story line was too.
Published 9 months ago by Cathy Osberg Codding
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