Adrienne Jones Long Time Passing

ISBN 13: 9780060230555

Long Time Passing

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In the turbulence of the late 1960s, while his father is serving as a Marine officer in Vietnam, seventeen-year-old Jonas falls in love with a free-spirited flower child active in the peace movement and begins to question his own attitude toward the Vietnamese War.

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For Jonas, 1969 is a summer of choices and decisions that will echo throughout his life and eventually take him back 20 years later to the northern California coastal town where he spent his eighteenth summer. His romance with spirited peace activist Auleen Delange conflicts with Jonas' allegiance to a Marine Corps, Vietnam-based father, and his attraction to social outcast Gideon Brophy riles his staid, upstanding Aunt Hester. The lure of Auleen's commitment and devotion to the peace movement draws Jonas to Berkeley, but a deeper commitment to his MIA father propels him to enlist in the Marines and go to Vietnam. Jones again demonstrates a mastery of character and setting. As Jonas gains insight into the personalities and past relationships of Gideon, his mother, Aunt Hester, and his father, he rebels against family expectations and social constraints. His personal struggle for independence takes place against a vivid backdrop of cliffs, pounding surf, and the Berkeley campus. This new addition to Vietnam-era fiction offers both the establishment and antiwar perspectives on the peace movement. Although readers will identify with the young Jonas rather than the reminiscing 38-year-old narrator, the plot twists and the course and consequences of Jonas' life decisions are brought to a moving and satisfying conclusion. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Containing the same structure as A Separate Peace and Summer of '42 , this story unfolds as a man visiting the place of his youth recalls his growing up. Jonas Duncan's journey begins in 1969, when the 17-year-old narrator moves to Passot, Calif., after his mother dies and his lieutenant colonel father is assigned to Saigon. From the very beginning, Jonas does not get along with his conservative guardian, cousin Hester, and ignores her warnings to avoid the town's unsavory characters. Jonas becomes acquainted with a one-armed seaman and the girl he supposedly fathered, Auleen Delange. The young man falls in love with Auleen, is introduced to her commune friends and follows them to Berkeley, where he hopes to complete his education. Discovering that his father is missing in action, Jonas returns to Passot and impulsively joins the Marines. Those interested in the Vietnam conflict will become absorbed in Jonas's struggle to distinguish heroes from cowards as he weighs his father's patriotism against the beliefs of his newfound friends. While evoking the unrest of the '60s, Jones ( Street Family ; Whistle Down the Dark Lane ) has produced a dramatic tale about love, war and sacrifice. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Adrienne Jones
Published by Joanna Cotler Books (1961)
ISBN 10: 006023055X ISBN 13: 9780060230555
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