This is a novel describing what life was like in the 1950s in the South It involves two young white boys and a young black boy and their adventures This is a family oriented novel that makes several valid points without using foul language It contains drama as well as humor and is well suited for ages seventh grade to adult It is also available on Kindle and has received a number of very favorable reviews....
|Title||:||The Unforgettable Summer|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform First Edition edition December 27, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||180 pages|
|File Size||:||861 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Unforgettable Summer Reviews
“The Unforgettable Summer” is one of the most delightful books I have read in some time. Written in the style of Pat Conroy, “The Unforgettable Summer” touched me on several levels as someone who grew up in South Carolina in the 1950s and as a Christian. My father retired from the Navy in 1956, and we settled down in St. Stephen, a small Lowcountry town about 45 miles north of Charleston. Ron’s imagery brought back many memories as a young boy. One example concerning the use of DDT, I remember how large trucks would drive up and down the streets on a weekly basis spraying out huge clouds of DDT to combat the mosquitoes as we kids would run along behind them playing in what we unknowingly thought was simply “fog.” Another example dealing with fishing and snakes, one of my favorite pastimes was fishing with my cousins on Lake Moultrie. Normally it was from the bank, but occasionally we would use a flat-bottomed boat. Snakes would sometimes fall from overhanging tree limbs into the boat and cause great consternation. The readiness with which fathers and male relatives used corporal punishment struck home as well.
This book was a very powerful and enjoyable read. For anyone who grew up in the 50’s, you’ll recognize many of the cultural and social issues of the day, some of them will make you smile, some will make you cringe. It was a time of innocence and, on some social issues, time of ignorance. Andy’s story is told in heartwarming detail, complete with the southern accent (which was exceptionally well done).The author shows us the power of loving relationships, respect and human dignity as well as the destructiveness of prejudice and hate. My only criticism is I feel this should be broken into two books. I would have liked the book to end with the end of the boys’ unforgettable summer with an epilogue filling us in to maybe ten years down the road. I would like to see that last chapter of the book turned into another book entirely with all the richness of detail we saw in this book.
My wife and I both read this book and found it very interesting about a time and place we were not that familiar with. The story kept
I understand this is the first fiction book by Ron Gleason. It was disturbing to read about the way Blacks were treated in the south during the 50's. I never did figure out what age group would fit this book.
A fun story to read. I regretted coming to the end of the book. The book contained both humor and excitement.
Very readable, enjoyable book for almost all ages (except the very young).