- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463772467
- ISBN-13: 978-1463772468
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,846,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Comeback Kid: The Memoirs of Thomas L. Hay by Thomas Leonard Hay is an autobiography that chronicles a fun and interesting life worth looking into. The story starts in Thomas Leonard Hay's small town childhood in Clinton, Missouri in the 1950s. The story quickly moves through the Vietnam War and his time in the U.S. Navy. It takes readers to Saudi Arabia and teaches many interesting facts and lessons, like why one should never use dynamite in place of fireworks. There are lessons about golf, like why there are 18 rounds of golf and why we shout "Fore." There are lessons about geography, like why Navy men prefer the top bunk and why men from Saudi Arabia eat left handed. The book contains love story after love story, and is a fresh and honest look at the hearts Hay broke throughout his life, and the times that his own heart was broken. It is a funny, comical, and emotional ride about the many challenges he overcame in his life (hence the title). Many were situational, but unfortunately, some were inflicted by people close to him, including himself.
Some sections in The Comeback Kid included song lyrics, which was a nice way to draw the reader in. I especially liked reading the author's description of the 1970s. There were also some interesting hints of stories about alien abductions, which made the book mysterious and intriguing at the same time. It was charming and witty, but also bittersweet and sad. It was an adventure story, but also included romance and mystery and heartbreak. I read it very quickly and didn't want to put it down. I appreciated Hay's honesty regarding emotional topics that could have been hard to write about, but were shared openly and fairly, as if I wasn't just a reader, but the author's friend.
About the Author
Thomas (Tommy) Hay was raised in the Golden Valley town of Clinton, Missouri. Member of the 1961 Clinton High School graduation class. He currently lives in Lake Waukomis, Missouri, with the 'Love of his Life', hyperactive squirrel's, irritating geese and cranky old catfish.
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For anyone who's familiar with Lewis Grizzard, an American writer and humorist, this book is similar (in my opinion), in that it's written in a conversational style, and some parts made me laugh outloud. The difference is that Grizzard was a Southern humorist, and I have a hunch that Hay's Midwestern biography is a true account. It's both interesting and entertaining, from an author who's apparently "been there and done that".
By reading this book, if you're young, you may awe at the world your parents grew up in. If you're middle-aged or older, you'll set the book down thinking, "Yeah, I remember when times were like that".
I give this book two thumbs up!
Thomas Hay is not a celebrity, and is probably little known outside his circle of friends and relatives. Unlike all those fame-addicts and magazine-fillers, however, he has lived a life which is worth recording for posterity.
At the outset he states that this record of his life is intended primarily for his family and his descendants, at the same time hoping that perhaps other readers might find his story intriguing.
Mr Hay takes us from his childhood in small town America through his active service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, to his time spent in Saudi Arabia. En route we learn, for example, never to substitute dynamite for fireworks, why the top bunk in a Navy ship is highly preferable, and why Saudi Arabian men always eat with their left hand. As a Scot, I finally learnt why there are 18 holes in a round of golf, and why a golfer shouts "Fore!" when hitting near another golfer. (Clearly there are gaps in our Scottish educational system.)
It's not easy to write an honest, warts-and-all biography, particularly when some of it is to the detriment of the author. Thomas Hay is painfully honest about the hearts he has broken along the way, and of the times his own heart has been broken. He also writes about the many adversities he has had to overcome - some of them self inflicted. Hence the title of the book; The Comeback Kid.
Each chapter of his life is reflected in the lyrics of a particular song, which I thought was a nice touch.
Throughout the book there are tantalising hints of alien abduction, and I gather this is to be fleshed out in his follow-up novel, 'An Abduction Revelation'.
The Comeback Kid works well both as a biography, and as a record of the major events in recent American history and of the changes in American society throughout this time.
And yes, Tom, I really did find your story intriguing.