Gathering of Cans

Gathering of Cans

by Robert L. Saunders

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ISBN-13: 9781419652820
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2006
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

After college and being exiled to "muddle around" the computer world for 15 Plus years, my introduction into the literary world came late in life. That was 12 plus years ago. I live with my wife, Janet, and our Miniture Schnauzer, Tux, in a house that I designed and built. I currently have 5 novels published. I am now engaged in writing a historical mystery novel with C.Conrad Hall, entitled "The Burial of John Paul Jones".

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Gathering of Cans 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kcarter25 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a novel with such a distinctive plot in a long time. The storyline is unique, and held my attention so much I needed to read the entire book at one sitting and with 550 pages it was a very long sitting. Saunders pulls you into Zoie's intriguing world right from the very first page as it reveals each unique can that Zoie stumbles upon; a gold Budweiser can, a green Mountain Dew can, a Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and an orange Nehi can. Each can unlocks special characters in Zoie's life from the turbulent times of World War II, through the tumultuous decade of the 1960's; and ending with Zoie gathering cans along a dusty country road during the 1980's. Every person has a dream. With some people it falters and fades away; in others it becomes a summons from deep within. Zoie Baker had no logical reason to listen to her summons. But she did. Gathering of Cans follows Zoie Baker's dream to build a swimming pool for her town. She's not a wealthy woman, but lives a comfortable life with her wonderful and supporting husband, Nat. Penniless, she decides that if she gathers enough aluminum cans then her swimming pool would be built and every child would have a place to swim. After all, what child doesn't love water? Here is one example of a can taking the reader into a new chapter that surrounds the main character, Zoie. When Zoie stumbles on a gold Budweiser can a fresh memory is triggered and it will take the reader into an entirely different time and era. In 1942, the war continues to rage in Europe and the Pacific and many young women become widowed brides. But still, Zoie and her sassy 20 year old sister, Birdie, keep their spirits high with a strong attitude that the USA will prevail. Their solid friendship is infused with honesty, humor, and love during the war years and continues throughout the story. Saunders moves the reader effortlessly from the past to the present and back again. The passages describing each of the characters experiences are delightful, engaging, and at times sad and moving. His ability to bring to life the characters and their emotions is superb. The imagery is bursting and the characters are extremely likeable and you can relate to every one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and one that I personally will not forget, and I absolutely loved the ending. It is an excellent book for book club readers!
SSommers More than 1 year ago
I like to be educated when I read and I was not disappointed in Saunders's ability to weave such subjects as the musicians involved in the Jazz world, the horrors of combat during World War II, and even the craftsmanship of cheese making and wood carving. Aluminum cans tell the 40-year story of Zoie Baker's memories that revolve around the main characters: Nat, the young Marine; Della, the serious Jazz singer/composer; Jerry, the wood sculptor; and Birdie, the attorney. Zoie has a goal that no one can shake her lose from. A humble woman with very little income, she decides to gather aluminum cans to raise the money to build a swimming pool for the local children, regardless of their social status. With no regard for her safety or the hardships that she will encounter, and the pleas for her to quit, she plods alone for the next 7 years gathering cans. During her mission, Zoie relives the stories connected to special cans that she stumbles on: the gold Budweiser can, the green Mountain Dew can, the Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and the orange NEHI can. Saunders takes each can and draws the reader into its story. Before I knew it I found that there was something captivating about these cans, as these unique cans sent me on an incredible journey with Zoie; from the 1940's, through the turbulent time of the 1960's; and ending with 56-year-old, Zoie gathering cans during the 1980's. The story is so incredibly awesome! Especially when you get to the last 3 chapters. It is here that Saunders exiles as a writer. He delivers an ending that will astonish you, cause you to root and to appreciate this woman's devotion to her dream and her adoration for her husband, sister and friends. Highly recommend.
LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
When I finally read the last paragraph of Gathering of Cans, a satisfied smile grew on my lips, and I was not disappointed in this super story. I was not disappointed in the author's ability to weave such subjects as the musicians involved in the Jazz world, the horrors of combat during World War II, and even the craftsmanship of cheese making and wood carving. The book tells the 40-year story of Zoie Baker's memories that revolve around certain unique aluminum cans: Nat, the young Marine; Della, the serious Jazz singer/composer; Jerry, the wood sculptor; and Birdie, the attorney. Zoie, a humble woman with very little income, decides to gather aluminum cans to raise the money to build a swimming pool for the local children, regardless of their social status. While she gathers these cans, Zoie relives the stories connected to special cans that she stumbles on: the gold Budweiser can, the green Mountain Dew can, the Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and the orange NEHI can. Saunders takes each can and draws the reader into its story. Before I knew it I found that there was something captivating about these cans, as these unique cans sent me on an incredible journey with Zoie; from the 1940's, through the turbulent time of the 1960's; and ending with 56-year-old, Zoie gathering cans during the 1980's. Saunders delivers an ending that will astonish you, cause you to root and to appreciate this woman's devotion to her dream and her adoration for her husband, sister and friends. Highly recommend.
conniejackson More than 1 year ago
I was mesmerized by this book. It has been awhile since I found a found a book that was so engaging. I read it in two sittings. I was so absorbed in the story I felt like I was standing with Zoie, Birdie, Nat and Jerry. When I got to the end I wanted more, and I wanted to turn the last page and see what else was going to happen to these exciting characters. I haven't found a book this engaging in a long time. I was moved to tears several times and had to remind myself that I was reading a book. It definitely is a powerful story that will stay in your mind long after you are finished. A wonderful novel by a talented author. I would recommend Gathering of Cans to anyone.
NancyChase More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I downloaded it on my Kindle. For only $5 I got a 550 page wonderful story. The story is very honest, and the author mixes in romance that makes me smile and a bit of mystery that keeps me intrigued. It is easy to get into the story and with each of his characters I could visualize them very easily in the story and relate to them and what they are going through. Their relationships especially Zoie and Nat's, are believable and touching. The author creates characters that you care about and I eagerly turned the pages to find out what would happen to each of them. In summary this is a precious novel. One of the best stories I have read in a long time. I would gladly recommend this book to all my friends.
ConnieJackson on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Yes! These Wonderful Aluminum cans kept my Interest page after page. I was mesmerized by this book. It has been awhile since I found a found a book that was so engaging. I read it in two sittings. I was so absorbed in the story I felt like I was standing with Zoie, Birdie, Nat and Jerry. When I got to the end I wanted more, and I wanted to turn the last page and see what else was going to happen to these exciting characters. I haven't found a book this engaging in a long time. I was moved to tears several times and had to remind myself that I was reading a book. It definitely is a powerful story that will stay in your mind long after you are finished. A wonderful novel by a talented author. I would recommend Gathering of Cans to anyone.
loveseabooks on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A Refreshing STORY and not disapppointed!When I finally read the last paragraph of Gathering of Cans, a satisfied smile grew on my lips, and I was not disappointed in this super story.I was not disappointed in the author¿s ability to weave such subjects as the musicians involved in the Jazz world, the horrors of combat during World War II, and even the craftsmanship of cheese making and wood carving.The book tells the 40-year story of Zoie Baker's memories that revolve around certain unique aluminum cans: Nat, the young Marine; Della, the serious Jazz singer/composer; Jerry, the wood sculptor; and Birdie, the attorney. Zoie, a humble woman with very little income, decides to gather aluminum cans to raise the money to build a swimming pool for the local children, regardless of their social status. While she gathers these cans, Zoie relives the stories connected to special cans that she stumbles on: the gold Budweiser can, the green Mountain Dew can, the Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and the orange NEHI can. Saunders takes each can and draws the reader into its story. Before I knew it I found that there was something captivating about these cans, as these unique cans sent me on an incredible journey with Zoie; from the 1940's, through the turbulent time of the 1960's; and ending with 56-year-old, Zoie gathering cans during the 1980's.Saunders delivers an ending that will astonish you, cause you to root and to appreciate this woman's devotion to her dream and her adoration for her husband, sister and friends. Highly recommend.
SharonSommers on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I couldn't believe Aluminum Cans could make a great story. I was wrong. Sharon SommersI like to be educated when I read and I was not disappointed in Saunders's ability to weave such subjects as the musicians involved in the Jazz world, the horrors of combat during World War II, and even the craftsmanship of cheese making and wood carving. Aluminum cans tell the 40-year story of Zoie Baker's memories that revolve around the main characters: Nat, the young Marine; Della, the serious Jazz singer/composer; Jerry, the wood sculptor; and Birdie, the attorney. Zoie has a goal that no one can shake her lose from. A humble woman with very little income, she decides to gather aluminum cans to raise the money to build a swimming pool for the local children, regardless of their social status. With no regard for her safety or the hardships that she will encounter, and the pleas for her to quit, she plods alone for the next 7 years gathering cans. During her mission, Zoie relives the stories connected to special cans that she stumbles on: the gold Budweiser can, the green Mountain Dew can, the Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and the orange NEHI can. Saunders takes each can and draws the reader into its story. Before I knew it I found that there was something captivating about these cans, as these unique cans sent me on an incredible journey with Zoie; from the 1940's, through the turbulent time of the 1960's; and ending with 56-year-old, Zoie gathering cans during the 1980's The story is so incredibly awesome! Especially when you get to the last 3 chapters. It is here that Saunders exiles as a writer. He delivers an ending that will astonish you, cause you to root and to appreciate this woman's devotion to her dream and her adoration for her husband, sister and friends. Highly recommend.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A New View on Aluminum Cans! Kerry CarterI haven't read a novel with such a distinctive plot in a long time. The storyline is unique, and held my attention so much I needed to read the entire book at one sitting and with 550 pages it was a very long sitting. Saunders pulls you into Zoie¿s intriguing world right from the very first page as it reveals each unique can that Zoie stumbles upon; a gold Budweiser can, a green Mountain Dew can, a Santa Claus Coca-Cola can, and an orange Nehi can. Each can unlocks special characters in Zoie¿s life from the turbulent times of World War II, through the tumultuous decade of the 1960¿s; and ending with Zoie gathering cans along a dusty country road during the 1980¿s.Every person has a dream. With some people it falters and fades away; in others it becomes a summons from deep within. Zoie Baker had no logical reason to listen to her summons. But she did.Gathering of Cans follows Zoie Baker¿s dream to build a swimming pool for her town. She¿s not a wealthy woman, but lives a comfortable life with her wonderful and supporting husband, Nat. Penniless, she decides that if she gathers enough aluminum cans then her swimming pool would be built and every child would have a place to swim. After all, what child doesn¿t love water?Here is one example of a can taking the reader into a new chapter that surrounds the main character, Zoie. When Zoie stumbles on a gold Budweiser can a fresh memory is triggered and it will take the reader into an entirely different time and era. In 1942, the war continues to rage in Europe and the Pacific and many young women become widowed brides. But still, Zoie and her sassy 20 year old sister, Birdie, keep their spirits high with a strong attitude that the USA will prevail. Their solid friendship is infused with honesty, humor, and love during the war years and continues throughout the story.Saunders moves the reader effortlessly from the past to the present and back again. The passages describing each of the characters experiences are delightful, engaging, and at times sad and moving. His ability to bring to life the characters and their emotions is superb. The imagery is bursting and the characters are extremely likeable and you can relate to every one of them.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and one that I personally will not forget, and I absolutely loved the ending. It is an excellent book for book club readers!
NancyChase on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A Top-Notched Story! This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I downloaded it on my Kindle. For only $5 I got a 550 page wonderful story. The story is very honest, and the author mixes in romance that makes me smile and a bit of mystery that keeps me intrigued. It is easy to get into the story and with each of his characters I could visualize them very easily in the story and relate to them and what they are going through. Their relationships especially Zoie and Nat's, are believable and touching. The author creates characters that you care about and I eagerly turned the pages to find out what would happen to each of them. In summary this is a precious novel. One of the best stories I have read in a long time. I would gladly recommend this book to all my friends.
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LillyParksONBooks More than 1 year ago
Just a super story. Highly recommend
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