Until They Bring the Streetcars Back

Until They Bring the Streetcars Back

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by Stanley Gordon West, Stanley Gordon West
     
 

Until They Bring The Streetcars Back serves up a nostalgic journey through the streets of post-war 1949 Saint Paul; those wistful days of ten-cent sodas, big band music, and burning leaves. Stanley West weaves rollicking humor, riveting suspense and a bittersweet love story into the fabric of those optimistic times. A harmless prank, a chance conversation and Cal

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Until They Bring The Streetcars Back serves up a nostalgic journey through the streets of post-war 1949 Saint Paul; those wistful days of ten-cent sodas, big band music, and burning leaves. Stanley West weaves rollicking humor, riveting suspense and a bittersweet love story into the fabric of those optimistic times. A harmless prank, a chance conversation and Cal Gant (in the friendly neighborhoods of his idyllic life) stumbles onto the naked face of cruelty, incest and murder. When he attempts to rescue a strange and haunting girl from the slaughterhouse her life has become, he finds himself in a heart-stopping struggle with her ruthless father, leading Cal to the brink of self-doubt, terror and death itself. Can he find within himself the backbone to stand against the horror; the daring to concoct some scheme to set Gretchen free? Until They Bring The Streetcars Back is the gripping story of what Cal does.

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ISBN-13:
9780965624763
Publisher:
Lexington-Marshall Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.68(d)

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Until They Bring the Streetcars Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read for school. The only other one I've liked was 'Finding Laura Buggs', I'm not sure which I like more. Very easy to relate to being a teenager, and also living in same area as the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was suppose to read it for school too...chapter by chapter...but im half way done with the book in a couple days...WOW awesome book..the ROMANCE is awesome READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this a 4 star only because I'm comparing it to 'Blind Your Ponies', another Stanley West novel. He has such a grasp on bringing you into the characters of the novel. I read this in three settings. It is one of those books you can't wait to get home from work to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would (and do) recommend this book to anyone. It's fascinating the way that the entire book really depicts the main character, Cal. It reminded me a bit of how Salinger describes a story that really describes Holden Caufield. There is such an intricate story, but everything about it describes Cal's need to help others be okay. Everything that happens has a purpose in the story, and I think a bookclub could really talk this book to death...in a good way!
CallipygianKing More than 1 year ago
West puts together a fantastic tale of a young hero attempting to save an unlikely friend from abuse. High school kids will love it for the age of the main characters and the more carefree lifestyle of the 1950s. Older adults will love it for the nostalgia as West brings the reader on a well-described tour of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It's one pitfall is the occasional clunkiness in the storytelling, but that's easily overlooked. All around, it's a feel-good read with just enough suspense and mystery to keep the reader hanging on. A must-read for people who love fiction in a well-crafted historical setting, and my "also recommended" books are good companions for those who want visual aids.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoyed reading this book. From the main characters love intrest to his bravery he showed I really felt for him. It left me feeling a little bit changed. I think thats what a great book should do. I would love to see this movie be made into a movie like Stanley Gordon West's other book Amos. It left me wanting more and I think if you have the time you should pick it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, i was supposed to read it for school and was assinged certain chapters each day. Instead of that i finished the book within a week. I couldn't put it down! It was so good, it kept you guessing and wanting to keep reading. I highly reccomened it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good.Cal Gant is a sick love puppy of a girl named Lola. There are many obticles through out the whole book. Its his senior year and nothing is perfect. Gretchen comes into picture and cal doesnt know what to do. He doesnt tell anyone whats going on with Gretchen until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a tale of growing up, it's romance, mystery and thriller, but all in all a look into the life of a high school senior in the '50's. It's hard to put down, and it luckily doesn't follow any convenient formula to reach a conclusion. The characters are interesting, especially Gretchen. It has an important message about self-sacrificing as well. It's a quick read, and I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this novel, then put it down, thinking I knew where it was going. I went back to the book a year later and found myself more than pleasantly surprised by the plot twists I didn't expect (though some of the story was fairly predictable). Overall, once I got about a third of the way into the novel, I was hooked. A very good read. Only real criticism is that the central character is a bit too good to be true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I love the story it tells a really realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a book I had to read for my english class last year. Normally, the books I've gotten for these types of assignments have never caught my intrest, so I felt the same way about this book at first. However, once we began to read it, it really surprised me! I'd recomend it to anyone who would like to read a great mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this book! I can't wait to read the other book that is told by Sandy (Finding Laura Buggs)! In my school we read this book and I found it to be the best book that we have ever read!! I Highly recomend this book! ENJOY :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sophomore at Billings Central High in Montana. I extremely don't like to read even for enjoyment. This book however was a great book and is one that everyone should read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from St Paul and it was easy to find myself at Central High and all the other places in the book. I couldn't put the book down and if you haven't read "Finding Laura Bugs" you will also love it. West uses the same characters in both books so you find yourself in the same school,and it's as if you were with your friends seeing a story from a different angle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this novel. It was well written and it took me back to 1949 - 1950 as if I were in a time machine. It had a Great story line, with a little mystery, and a little romance, plus a moral to the story. It touched my heart. I couldn't put it down. It is a worth while read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i didnt like this book- it didnt have enough action or mystery to it. But as i read, it got better and better up until the excellant ending. I had to read this for English. It's not abook i would normally pick out, but im glad i read it! I couldnt put it down as the reading progressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I read it for an english class and I finished it in a day and a half. I just couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my English II class and I loved it. The first line had my attention. It makes you wonder why was he in jail. The book is full of suspense. It's a book that you won't want to put down once you start reading it. I would highly recommend this book for anyone that loves to read books. It's an easy read book, but highly enjoyable. It's on a teenagers level. Which is why it's so interesting. We teenagers can relate to a lot of what happens in this book. ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was loaned to me, and I was hesitant to read it. However, once I began reading, I was taken back to a time when life and thoughts were the same as today, however, they did not need the language and violence to express it. The message transcends the generations without using the obscenities that seem to dominate the storylines of today, while still being able to bring the reader in through suspense, tragedy, and triumph. If you are a native of Minnesota, you might find some additional interest/appreciation of the story through the authors accuracy of St. Paul, and Minnesota during the Post-War Era. Those of Scandinavian descent will be able to identify people within their own family to the characters in the story. This book represents a time when people still cared about thier neighbors, without losing perspective of their own family values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person that doesn't like to read, I couldn't put this book down. The book seems to flow incredibly smooth, which makes it a joy to read. With an interesting topic, and realistic characters, the book comes to life in your mind.