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A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (original: 1978; edição: 1995)

de Harry Crews (Autor), Michael McCurdy (Ilustrador)

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A Childhood is the unforgettable memoir of Harry Crews' earliest years, a sharply remembered portrait of the people, locales, and circumstances that shaped him--and destined him to be a storyteller. Crews was born in the middle of the Great Depression, in a one-room sharecropper's cabin at the end of a dirt road in rural South Georgia. If Bacon County was a place of grinding poverty, poor soil, and blood feuds, it was also a deeply mystical place, where snakes talked, birds could possess a small boy by spitting in his mouth, and faith healers and conjure women kept ghosts and devils at bay. At once shocking and elegiac, heartrending and comical, A Childhood not only recalls the transforming events of Crews's youth but conveys his growing sense of self in a world "in which survival depended on raw courage, a courage born out of desperation and sustained by a lack of alternatives." Amid portraits of relatives and neighbors, Bacon County lore, and details of farm life, Crews tells of his father's death; his friendship with Willalee Bookatee, the son of a black hired hand; his bout with polio; his mother and stepfather's failing marriage; his near-fatal scalding at a hog-killing; and a five-month sojourn in Jacksonville, Florida. These and other memories define, with reverence and affection, Harry Crews's childhood world: "its people and its customs and all its loveliness and all its ugliness." Imaginative and gripping, A Childhood re-creates in detail one writer's search for past and self, a search for a time and place lost forever except in memory.… (mais)
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Título:A Childhood: The Biography of a Place
Autores:Harry Crews (Autor)
Outros autores:Michael McCurdy (Ilustrador)
Informação:University of Georgia Press (1995), Edition: Reissue, 192 pages
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One of the most powerful, and beautifully written, memoirs I have ever read. That's all there is to say. Read it if you haven't. ( )
  nmele | Sep 19, 2019 |
I'm not sure I'm a good enough writer to properly articulate how good this book is. The author, writing of his own life as young child in the Great Depression and early war years in the Deep South, matched and at times transcended some of the finest of American literature. While the time span is much later, I found this book very reminiscent in its presentation to the fictional Twain book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The intimate reflections of the main character, awash with both the simplicities and complexities of the world around him, is very similar. There are elements of one of my very favorite books, As I Lay Dying, but the humor is not offered so readily. At the same time, there is a reservoir of pain and suffering depicted that is not offered up for sympathy, but as mere facts of a very real existence. Ultimately, this book felt like a thank-you to his childhood family and friends for helping him survive -- just barely -- a very tough life. Highly recommended. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
Beautifully written, and raw, account of the author's first six years growing up in abject, underline abject, poverty in rural Georgia during the Depression. This book is full of riveting stories, as were the lives of the people, Harry Crews' people, that it tells. But I think what I will take away from this book is a conviction that poverty is evil, and a new knowledge of what it does to the people living in it. ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Mar 13, 2010 |
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A Childhood is the unforgettable memoir of Harry Crews' earliest years, a sharply remembered portrait of the people, locales, and circumstances that shaped him--and destined him to be a storyteller. Crews was born in the middle of the Great Depression, in a one-room sharecropper's cabin at the end of a dirt road in rural South Georgia. If Bacon County was a place of grinding poverty, poor soil, and blood feuds, it was also a deeply mystical place, where snakes talked, birds could possess a small boy by spitting in his mouth, and faith healers and conjure women kept ghosts and devils at bay. At once shocking and elegiac, heartrending and comical, A Childhood not only recalls the transforming events of Crews's youth but conveys his growing sense of self in a world "in which survival depended on raw courage, a courage born out of desperation and sustained by a lack of alternatives." Amid portraits of relatives and neighbors, Bacon County lore, and details of farm life, Crews tells of his father's death; his friendship with Willalee Bookatee, the son of a black hired hand; his bout with polio; his mother and stepfather's failing marriage; his near-fatal scalding at a hog-killing; and a five-month sojourn in Jacksonville, Florida. These and other memories define, with reverence and affection, Harry Crews's childhood world: "its people and its customs and all its loveliness and all its ugliness." Imaginative and gripping, A Childhood re-creates in detail one writer's search for past and self, a search for a time and place lost forever except in memory.

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