Garden of Sandby Earl Thompson
Destitution, hunger, cruelty, rootlessnessall the odds stand against Jacky, the young boy at the center of this powerful, popular American classic, yet still he prevails. Resourcefully, doggedly, Jacky nurtures his spirit of independence, his capacity to love, and his faith in a nation’s dream in a journey that takes him from Wichita to Corpus Christi and from poverty to possibility.
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I purchased this book about four years ago and put it down after a few pages. In 2006, I decided to see if I could find an interest and became so caught up in reading it that I could not put the book down! It leaves you with many raw emotions. There are many twists and turns throughout the book. I think it's a book that is not for the faint hearted. It delves very very deeply into the complex lives of a family and strangers living in the depression era. From middle America to parts of the South and Southwest. There are many terrible and shocking things that go on around and with this young child and his family as they struggle to make ends meet. I found myself cheering young Jacky on in his quest to find a place to fit in. Regardless of quite a few cheers, I was highly disturbed by how his simple boyhood crush on his Mother turned into something surreal and insidious. Her ineffectual, pathetic attempts of preventing the very thing(s) that ultimately shocked my being. This book is much more than a precocious young boy finding his own way of living in an environment that would break the human spirit. His survival alone is quite amusing on so many levels and very sad on others. Bit by bit His curious boyhood innocence falls away in peices starting at a very early age. There were many many times I found myself laughing,smiling, in despair, compassionate, angry, upset, frustrated or quite sickened by how some humans end up throughout life. A combination of empathy, sympathy and a strange pity for this one young boy at the heart of the story. Ironically, the Author does a great job in proving how there are not many winners in the struggle against poverty. How sexism, abuse of authority, and lack of education can indeed keep one downtrodden. How love or the idea of it can mean various things. How innocence is tackled by the very people who are 'supposed' to care/provide for us. How a world of secrets can burst foward without anyone quite knowing why. Most especially for a young child. The Author dared to go behind doors that few if any dare to knock on out of concern or friendliness. And rather than sugarcoat these people's lives, he did an excellent job of shaping all the characters. There is no doubt that you will never forget them. The ending has a slight twist that will make me always wonder about children such as young Jacky.
I read this book in one night because itis a very gripping and nerar to real.