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Red Sky at Morning (Perennial Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780060931902
ISBN10: 0060931906
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In the summer of 1944, Frank Arnold, a wealthy shipbuilder in Mobile, Alabama, receives his volunteer commission in the U.S. Navy and moves his wife, Ann, and seventeen-year-old son, Josh, to the family's summer home in the village of Corazon Sagrado, high in the New Mexico mountains. A true daughter of the Confederacy, "wrapped up in tissue paper like a Wedgwood egg cup," Mrs. Arnold finds it impossible to cope with the quality of life in the largely Hispanic village and, in the company of Jimbob Buel — an insufferable, Virginia-born, South-proud professional houseguest — takes to bridge and sherry. Josh, more the son of his Baltimore-raised father than of his class-conscious, Old South mother, becomes an integral member of the Sagrado community, forging friendships with classmates at Helen De Crispin school, with the town's disreputable resident artist, with Chango Lopez — macho bully turned model student — and with Amadeo and Excilda Montoya, the couple hired by his father to care for their house. Josh narrates the story of his fateful year in Sagrado and, with deadpan, irreverent humor, reveals the events and people who influence his progress to maturity. Unhindered by his mother's disdain for these "tacky, dusty little Westerners," Josh comes into his own and into a young man's finely formed understanding of duty, responsibility, and love.

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"Bradford believes in the human comedy the way DiMaggio believes in baseball, the way Nureyev believes in the dance, the way people, no matter what, believe in laughing when they might just as well be weeping." Richard Condon

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"[A] sort of Catcher in the Rye out West." Book World

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"What makes the book a true delight is the deadpan, irreverent humor with which Josh tells the story....No brief review can do justice to Mr. Bradford's book." Washington Post Book

Synopsis:

The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.

About the Author

Richard Bradford was born in 1932. He is also the author of So Far from Heaven.

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nvigil51, June 15, 2011 (view all comments by nvigil51)
I am revisiting this story for the 3rd time in my 59 yrs. The first time was probably between 1973 when I FIRST left the Army and 1974 when I returned to the Army. My first exposure was the film adaptation which the back drop being Santa Fe. The story mimic my experience when I first moved to Santa Fe as a Foster child. Although, I had grown up in Farmington and Bloomfield New Mexico from 2nd grade until 7th grade, it was in Santa Fe that I experienced coming of age and a new World, so similar to the main character. Then about 1985 I found myself in a military assignment in West Germany. One of my fellow workers had a copy of this story and allowed me to keep it, only to be pack in personal property and stored for the next 15-20 yrs. Recently IT SURFACED and I enjoy reading it as it takes me to a quieter time of life and youth. A great story that I identify personally. Thank you for this opportunity to comment.
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KimElisa, October 24, 2006 (view all comments by KimElisa)
While on vacation this summer on the coast of Maine, I found this delightful book on a shelf of neglected paperbacks in a used bookstore. What a treasure!! From the first page I was hooked... and laughing out loud. Irreverent humor? You bet! Hilarious, and poignant, and just a great story. My husband, a former English prof, had never read it, and couldn't believe he was hearing me chuckle and laugh through the whole book. (It was delightful to hear him do the same when I gave it to him to read when I was finished.) I wanted more Richard Bradford, and was disappointed to discover that he wrote only one other novel, and also that he passed away in 2002. (I had intended to contact him somehow and thank him for writing such a wonderful book.) I'm going to try to find the movie, but it cannot come close to the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060931902
Author:
Bradford, Richard
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Richard Bradford
Author:
adford, Richard
Author:
br
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Perennial Classics
Series Volume:
no. 12
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x5.34x.62 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060931902 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bradford believes in the human comedy the way DiMaggio believes in baseball, the way Nureyev believes in the dance, the way people, no matter what, believe in laughing when they might just as well be weeping."
"Review" by , "[A] sort of Catcher in the Rye out West."
"Review" by , "What makes the book a true delight is the deadpan, irreverent humor with which Josh tells the story....No brief review can do justice to Mr. Bradford's book."
"Synopsis" by , The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.
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