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When All the World Was Young

When All the World Was Young

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by Ferrol Sams

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The final installment in Sam's epic trilogy about coming of age in the South.


The final installment in Sam's epic trilogy about coming of age in the South.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sams, a Georgia physician and popular novelist ( The Whisper of the River ), continues the adventures of naive but resilient Porter Osborne Jr. in this loosely autobiographical novel set during WW II. A Baptist farmboy, Porter feels out of place amid the Methodist country-club set at Emory University Medical School. He deliberately flunks out so he can enlist in the Army, becoming a surgical technician with a mobile hospital unit that takes part in the invasion of Normandy. Quoting Kipling and Millay, obsessed with sex and dating, he and his Army buddies engage in boyish high jinks, but the grim realities of war inevitably intrude. Porter ultimately learns to heed his grandmother's dictum, ``Remember who you are.'' Long and somewhat self-indulgent, this spirited coming-of-age novel is also ruefully funny, tinged with the wisdom of hindsight and crowded with memorable characters. It will undoubtedly please readers of Sams's previous Porter Osborne novels. 75,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. ( Nov. )
Library Journal
Sams here continues the saga of Porter Osborne Jr., a likable Georgia farmboy. In the beginning of this long and somewhat sentimental novel, set during World War II, Porter is a medical student. He deliberately flunks out so that he can join the war effort and is sent to Normandy as a medical assistant. Porter and his friends deal with the same issues found in any coming-of-age novel--family, religion, personal identity, and relations with the opposite sex. Porter, however, has an edge. He has strong ties to his Baptist family and to the rich soil that is their livelihood and a head full of poetry that becomes his solace and inspiration. In the face of war's devastation, he manages to keep his sense of humor and direction, learning that to understand who he is becoming he must remember where he came from. Readers on the same journey will appreciate this novel, as will fans of the previous Porter Osborne novels, Run with the Horsemen (Peachtree Pubs., 1982) and The Whisper of the River (Peachtree Pubs., 1984) . -- Peggie Partello, Keene State Coll., N.H.

Product Details

Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
Contemporary American Fiction Series
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.82(d)

Meet the Author

Ferrol Sams is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and the bestselling author of eight novels rooted in the oral tradition of southern humor and folklore. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.

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When All the World Was Young 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CarenS More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read - and I read a lot! The characters will stay with you forever. Love everything Ferrol Sams wrote and just wish he wrote more. Wish it was available on Nook!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so very much. I finished 'When All The World Was Young' over a week ago and I am still living with Porter Osborne, Jr. He becomes the person we hoped he would over the short span of his life covered in these wonderful novels. My most urgent hope is that Ferrol Sams has not finished the story. There is so much left to tell and I for one can't wait. I recommend this book and it's predecessors wholeheartedly.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Wish B & N offered other Ferrol Sams books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go with Sambo thru WWII. This trlogy is the reason I purchased a Nook. I wanted to be able to read these books whenever I wanted to. Too bad this is the only one avalable on Nook.
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