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A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

Crews, Harry

Published by Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1978
ISBN 10: 0060109327 / ISBN 13: 9780060109325
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Title: A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

Publisher: Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: "Crews is, obviously, a unique southern raconteur. . . . It's easy to despise poor folks. "A Childhood makes it more difficult." It raises almost to a level of heroism these people who seem of a different century. "A Childhood" is not about a forgotten America, it is about a part of America that has rarely, except in books like this, been properly discovered."--"New York Times Book Review"

"It is Crews' great gift that he can show us how absolutely cursed, and alsolutely beautiful, we are. . . . Crews burns through the easy ways in which we would like to regard ourselves; what he leaves behind is something better, something touched by the refiner's fire. --"New York Newsday""

Crews is, obviously, a unique southern raconteur. . . . It's easy to despise poor folks. "A Childhood makes it more difficult." It raises almost to a level of heroism these people who seem of a different century. "A Childhood" is not about a forgotten America, it is about a part of America that has rarely, except in books like this, been properly discovered.--New York Times Book Review

It is Crews' great gift that he can show us how absolutely cursed, and alsolutely beautiful, we are. . . . Crews burns through the easy ways in which we would like to regard ourselves; what he leaves behind is something better, something touched by the refiner's fire.--"New York Newsday"

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