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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by Richard Condon,
"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."
by Book World,
"[A] sort of Catcher in the Rye out West."
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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."
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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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