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Johnny Thumper has come to the conclusion that life as he has lived it has been a waste of human potential. While soul searching for a suitable route to redemption, he wins an $82-million dollar lottery. Now under ...
Johnny Thumper has come to the conclusion that life as he has lived it has been a waste of human potential. While soul searching for a suitable route to redemption, he wins an $82-million dollar lottery. Now under the new burden of massive wealth he begins looking for a way to spend the money to best affect the world. Before he gets his hands on the money, he rides his Harley Davidson out West, falls in love with a married woman, meets up with a Native American Medicine Man, a Catholic Priest, and a Jewish Rabbi.
Author Bio: Curtiss DeVedrine is descended from both noble French and Native American families and lives on a sailboat near New Orleans, Louisiana, where his family has been since the 1700s.
Posted July 12, 2006
The Second Coming of Age, by Curtiss DeVedrine, is and excellent story of one man's journey into an awareness of himself and what it means to care about those who's voices are usually silenced. It is a masterpiece of storytelling. I highly recommend it to everyone. It makes you stop and think about your life and what you can do to improve the planet and especially the lives of others. This is the best book I've read in quite awhile. I loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2001
I thought that this book was one of the best I've read in my 14 years. Everything was great and I thought it was so clever to let us look through the eyes of this man. I really recommend this book. P.S. I'm doing a big research paper essay about this book at school and my thesis statement is: ¿In Curtiss Virdrine¿s Second Coming of Age demonstrates views towards a new life.¿ Please email me to tell me what you think about my thesis and maybe you can tell me some information I can add or something! I feel this novel is educational without being tedious and the author's psycholgical insight is awesome.There are many levels to this novel, and the language is so poetic that I could read it several times and get more from it each time. I found myself reading entire sections over again just to relish the beauty of the language, even when those words brought tears to my eyes and caused me to grieve along.So I think this was a fantastic story. Verdrine makes me wish that I was a writer. I think if it was cast well, this story would make a good movie and would be educational for people not interested in reading the whole book. Final, I love this book. For the first time in several years, I found a plot that takes a major leap forward. This is one of the first attempts at a holistic story I have read or even heard of being writtin. If it leaves some room for improvement at times I think we have to give Verdrine creditWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2001
Well, I guess I should have had a forewarning about the book from the self-serving 'review' the author posted, but I have never read such pretentious drivel in my life! Do yourself a favor and read something worthwhile, by a REAL writer, such as James Herriot, or just about ANYONE else!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2000
Posted June 25, 2000
Anyone can write a book of fiction, though I truely believe that great story tellers are a breed of which I am not. This book was not a conscious effort to gain fame or wealth, but in fact could well defame me or, worse, those who love me. For this I apologize in advance for any injury or embarrassment that this book may cause any human, living or dead. And for those who do take offence to my story, I hope they find it in their hearts to forgive me. Surely you are wondering after such an apology why I would even bother to go on with a story, or even more pertinent why you should occupy your precious time on it's mere words. About 1703 at Chateau Dosey Vedrine, a vineyard in Southern France, Jean Baptist my six great-grandfather of direct lineage was born into a noble family. Being a second-son he would not inherit the larger portion of the estate, as the custom of the time allowed him only the choice to become a Catholic preist or to join the military and so you are reading this. Jean's service to France, which at that time was building empires, brought him to the New World to what is now Illinios and to the French and Indian wars. About the age of fifty-five, as the English were pushing the French and their Native allys out and Jean was retiring from service as an officer, he married Elizabeth De Monchervaux, the young daughter of the the Fort's Commmander. Elizabeth's mother was Native American, the daughter of a trible chief and ally to France. My Grandfather Jean and his half French bride traveled down the Mississippi River to Louisiana and raised many children, who they dearly loved and proudly passed on their heritage. Even as a tiny boy five generationns later, I can still recall the moment my mother whispered into my ear our family secret. There you have it, not all, but enough to let you know that this fictional story is about a real American family's secret kept for six generations. It was the inspiration for this book, I pray that you can find pleasure in reading it, if only a fraction as much as I take in sharing it with you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.