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So Long, See You Tomorrow
So Long, See You Tomorrow
by William Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.75
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, well-written book, October 1, 2000
So Long, See You Tomorrow is probably the most perfect rendering of the tragic and embarrassing moments in childhood that I have ever read. William Maxwell's concise but beautifully written accounts of the losses and tragedies of a young boy growing up in the early 1900's are well-captured and elegant. The character relationships that he weaves througout the book are classic: the struggle between father and son, the uncertainty and fear between siblings, and the making and breaking of friendships. The narrator, who may be based on Maxwell himself, leads us through his own lonely childhood and then through the childhood of another boy who crossed his path by conjuring up such poignant images that if the reader can not recall living them himself, he can certainly feel the pain and embarrassment and see that little ten year old boy standing in front of the closet of his dead mother just to see her clothes and remember her. When discussing the book with my classmates, many of them thought that some characters were not as well developed as they should be, but the author did not write the book to show detailed characters from the narrator's past; the book is not only the story of a young boy, it is also an interesting examination of memory and stories. The fragments of memories and rumors, while leaving some characters with little development, construct a complicated and well developed main character in the narrator as well as tell the tragic and unsolved story to a murder. Amazingly enough, Maxwell accomplishes all of this in less than one hundred and fifty pages, a feat is refreshing and to be admired. The style is easy and concise, almost conversational, making So Long See You Tomorrow a very easy read while still being stimulating and thought provoking. So Long See You Tomorrow is an imaginative book that lets the reader step into the minds of young children, old men, young women, and even a dog without losing any of the keen perspective of the narrator. I've already read it numerous times, and I'm sure that I'll read it again.

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