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Carry Me Home: A Novel Paperback – December 28, 2004
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As our narrator, Earwig is our compass back to the 1940's in the height of WWII. Once content to play with his 8 year old friend, Eddie, finding tadpoles and sticking suckers, Earl's big brother's enlistment in the army changes Earwig's family dynamic forever. Under the pressures of his parents constant bickering, the townspeople angst of lost, and his brother's subsequent return home a shell of his former self, Earwig is forced into responsibilities that surpass his once perceived abilities. His intuitiveness to simply love and accept balms the situations that threaten to destroy a family and a town.
Sandra Kring writing is magical. It is unique. In the publishing world of formulaic writing she breaks the rules and writes with a fervor that ignites the same in her readers. She straps us in a roller coaster and takes us on a wild ride while we give in glady to her centrifugal force. It becomes nearly impossible to put down the book once you begin and that kind of writing is exhilarating.
Buy the ticket; take the ride; you will not be disappointed.
Earwig and his family are good people living in difficult times. Although Earwig is mentally slow, we could all learn from his observations of life and people; the world would be better off.
Earwig tells us of his life before, during, and after WWII. Told in his own words, what he lacks in a high IQ he totally makes up for in WISDOM and INSIGHT into the human heart. What happens to him, his family and friends and how he describes events make you want for more. This book is 258 pages SHORT. Wish it could have been longer, I hated for it to end.
One second I was laughing out loud and the next I was crying. All of the characters -- Earwig's parents, the neighbors, his much adored and loved big brother, Jimmy, Jimmy's friends and their girl friends, -- you could not ask for a better cast of characters. You can practically hear the big bands playing and smell and see the blue hazy smoke from everyone's cigarettes! You will even fall in love with Earwig's dog, Lucky.
This book is one not to be missed. After you read it, tell everyone to check it out. You won't be sorry and your friends will thank you for turning them onto a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Kring has a new book, THE BOOK OF BRIGHT IDEAS. I am sure that will be another winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Set in a small town in Wisconsin during WWII, Carry Me Home lets us enter the lives of sweet and perceptive 16-year-old "Earwig," his parents, his brother Jimmy, and friends. When Jimmy goes off to war and becomes a POW, Earwig learns to become a man and takes a job at the bowling alley. He becomes friends with the lovely widow Eva Leigh and her somewhat promiscuous sister.
Although it deals with the, regretfully, timeless issue of war and how people on the homefront deal with loss and hardships, it's not just about difficult times. This is a story about a family that loves and supports each other and deals with life with humor and compassion. The result is a tender novel of love, loss, and the pain of growing up.
Kring's characters are colorful and enchanting, and Earwig's family and friends became my family and friends. This outstanding and inspiring book will stay with me for a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this at our library's used bookstore and what a bargain! I'll definitely be reading more by this author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PeggyZ
I loved the rich characters and the many ways they dealt with joy and grief. Earwig's voice rang true and strong.Published 6 months ago by kathy
I loved this book so much that I bought it in hardcover for my parents, who also loved it, especially my father who could relate to the events in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mountain Chef Marci
I read some reviews upset with the language but it is all appropriately placed for those individuals. I guess if I had to hear it in a movie, I would have to turn it off. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dobe Lover
Narrated in the first person by Earl, aka Earwig, the 'simple minded' main character captures the readers heart through his honest observations and by the virtue of his big heart. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great story that took me by surprise. It did not seem like the type of story I would want to read with mostly male characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jcg
It is as relevant today for our returning veterans and their families as it was for the soldiers of past warsPublished 9 months ago by Bob the Coffee Man
The author catches you right from the start. Lots of laughs and tears.Published 9 months ago by Norma Schalk