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The Fires of Spring

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ISBN13: 9780345483058
ISBN10: 0345483057
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An intimate early novel from James A. Michener, now remembered as the beloved master of the historical epic, The Fires of Spring unfolds with the bittersweet drama of a boy’s perilous journey into manhood. David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener’s own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: It’s a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.

 

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“A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters.”The Atlantic

 

“Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer.”The New York Times

 

“Michener is a gifted storyteller.”Kirkus Reviews

 

“Brilliantly done.”Library Journal

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James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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"A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters."<BR>THE ATLANTIC<BR>David Harper was an orphan, loney and impoverished. But his longing to embrace the world that abandoned him was stronger than the harsh realities. And even though he's a con man and petty thief at a carnival, he still dreams. For it was there that David learned about love and about women--all of whom taught him the riches of himself. <BR>Here is a rich segment of American life--a magic blend of longing and wisdom, saltiness, simplicity, and compassion.

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virtshelly, February 27, 2013 (view all comments by virtshelly)
I read this book throughout high school and college (1971-1976) and I have never forgotten it. It touched me deeply. I would be very happy if it were to be published as an e-book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345483058
Author:
Michener, James A.
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Michener, James A.
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Amusement parks
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
coming of age;suspense;historical fiction;adventure;20th century;con man
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19870531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in 1.25 lb

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Product details 480 pages Fawcett Books - English 9780345483058 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.
"Synopsis" by , "A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters."<BR>THE ATLANTIC<BR>David Harper was an orphan, loney and impoverished. But his longing to embrace the world that abandoned him was stronger than the harsh realities. And even though he's a con man and petty thief at a carnival, he still dreams. For it was there that David learned about love and about women--all of whom taught him the riches of himself. <BR>Here is a rich segment of American life--a magic blend of longing and wisdom, saltiness, simplicity, and compassion.

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