Warren Leamon Unheard Melodies

ISBN 13: 9780929264264

Unheard Melodies

3 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780929264264: Unheard Melodies
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The narrator looks back on his childhood in Atlanta during the period it changed from a sleepy Southern town to a modern city

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From School Library Journal:

In this coming-of-age novel set in Atlanta during the 1940s and 1950s, the development of the young male protagonist parallels the growth of the city from provincial innocence to metropolitan sophistication. The childhood world of the nameless narrator is one of wonder and melancholy mystery in which children are seen and heard but rarely have their questions answered or even acknowledged. It is a world of ice chests, coal chutes, pet chickens in the backyard, jigsaw puzzles, wariness of strangers, and blind denial of the violence that lies beneath the surface of ordinary life. Recounted in episodic fashion, the incidents involve the exploits of the narrator as he attempts to understand the erratic behavior of relatives, the sensuality of adolescent girls, the vulnerability of his mother, rejection by his father, and a dark moodiness within himself. The narrative is introspective even during the most suspenseful and comic episodes, and readers will recognize the astute observations of classroom, gymnasium, and drag strips, as well as the dynamics of family life. Perceptive YAs will appreciate the descriptive imagery and symbolism of this evocative first novel. --Jacqueline Gropman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this impressive debut novel by a University of Georgia English professor, the adolescent narrator confronts a variety of puzzling questions in post-WW-II Atlanta. Was alcoholic Uncle Luther ruined by the Army? Was grandmother's shoe stolen as she claims? Why is Aunt Mary's brother Matt in an institution? Are the fowls served for dinner duck, as the boy's mother claims, or the children's outgrown Easter pets, Rhett and Scarlett? There are no reliable authority figures to help the boy resolve these issues: his father keeps going off on binges, and his Uncle Thad, in a horrible confrontation, kills his son Allen, whom the boy admired for escaping "a family of failures and eccentrics." As an adult, the narrator looks back on the business of winning and losing, on distinctions between blacks and whites, rednecks and the upper crust. Coming-of-age stories are common, but this one impresses beyond the norm with its wrenchingly funny, genuinely universal characters and its sharp portrait of a city and country changing from old to new.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Warren Leamon
Published by Longstreet Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0929264266 ISBN 13: 9780929264264
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Longstreet Pr, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0929264266

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Warren Leamon
Published by Longstreet Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0929264266 ISBN 13: 9780929264264
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Longstreet Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0929264266

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Leamon, Warren
Published by Longstreet Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0929264266 ISBN 13: 9780929264264
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Longstreet Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110929264266

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds