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Younger Than Springtime Hardcover – August, 1999

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The leisurely, enjoyable sequel to Greeley's A Midwinter's Tale again follows the O'Malley family of Chicago. Here he chronicles the romantic and spiritual fortunes of returned soldier Chuck O'Malley, who comes home in 1949, having been stationed for two years in postwar Germany. Enrolling in Notre Dame, he finds himself chafing against the narrow intellectual limits of the curriculum, and he also struggles mightily, even self-mockingly, with the sin of lust. The conversational, reflective first-person narration sets a relaxed tone as Chuck, admiring the two-piece bathing suits newly in vogue, develops a passion for photography. The central image, bookending the novel, is a snapshot Chuck takes of beautiful Rosemarie Clancy, the troubled alcoholic daughter of Chuck's father's best friend. The photo of Rosemarie, in d?shabill?, gets Chuck into trouble at Notre Dame and concatenates his search for spiritual meaning within the strict prohibitions of the Church. Chuck and Rosemarie's lifelong mutual attraction permeates the novel, with Greeley shifting focus in the middle of the book to Chuck's father, John. The elder O'Malley tells of how he met Chuck's mother, and the part Rosemarie's father, Jim Clancy, played in the eventual union. John O'Malley's story is deftly set in the center of Chuck's saga, creating correlative resonances that would be less graceful and harmonious in a single plot line. Greeley conveys a palpable nostalgia, as if each story of love won and lost is simply the latest echo of an earlier story, itself the echo of another. He captures, with signature expertise, both the essence (torturous guilt over sexual longings and transgressions) and the evocative details (students forbidden to read Ulysses, descriptions of women's fortresslike undergarments) of growing up Catholic in the late '40s. By the end, where Greeley skillfully ties up one plot line as he keeps the other aloft for the next book, readers may discover that they, too have been romancedAby an expert storyteller. $100,000 ad/promo. (Sept.)
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"Chuck" Cronin O'Malley is back, safe in Chicago after his tour of duty in post-World War II Germany. But then he finds himself in conflict with a mob boss even as he falls in love with lovely Rosemarie.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312865724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312865726
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,648,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sorry but I disagree with Lombard, Illinois-this was a very fast read-I finished it in 2 days. The pages couldn't turn fast enough for me to keep up with Chucky & the rest of the O'Malley family. The 2nd half of the book, John's Love Story was really moving-how Chuck's father, John The Evangelist O'Malley(yes, it was his middle name)met & fell in love with the good April, who it turned out was supposedly "engaged" to Jim Clancy, who would become the lowlife father of Chuck's true love, Rosemarie. John's Story takes place from 1918-1925 & is an integral part of the O'Malley legend. If you've already read A Mid-Winter's Tale, scoop this one up fast & you'll be caught up in it in no time. Can't wait for the next installment, which I've no doubt should be out sometime next year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Younger then Springtime is the second novel in the "O'Malley series by Andrew Greeley. This story is really two love stories, one for Charles, the other for his father John.

Charles, now home from the military attempts to get his life together. He makes friends with fellow veterans, gets a job at an accounting firm and prepares to go college. He does well with his new friends, his job and his classes at college. With women, however, he is in trouble. Somehow his family and friends know more than he does about what Chucky needs to do to be happy and well adjusted. Chuck's "love" story is frustrating for him as he often is reluctant to admit his feelings. Chuck establishes his own barrier to his courtships by trying to reason his way through his relationships with women.

The other "love" story concerns John, Chucky's father. The story is told through Chucky reading his father's journal about his life thirty years before. John has many barriers to love. He has a vision of the "right" woman and delays courtship until he can find her. John thinks he has found her when he meets his best friend's girl. The tension between John's love and his "honor" to his friend makes a fascinating tale.

As a love and courtship story, this is one of the better of Greeley's novels. There are no detailed sexual images. The relationships are realistic but show appreciation for the interactions between the genders. Younger than Springtime is a family story. The O'Malley family are people who seem to respect and love one another. Their life together is filled with humor and self regard. This novel provides a positive example of family life, not idealistic like "The Cosby Show", or "The Brady Bunch", but authentic and loving - a family with problems they handle with love and respect. The O'Malleys are people that listen to one another and accept each other. This is a fine novel that I recommend for the family life alone.
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Always enjoy a humorous read with an Irish slant from time to time. It did give historical references surrounding WW11. Thanks to Fr Greeley May He rest in God's peace,
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