Run with the Horsemen

Run with the Horsemen

by Ferrol Sams
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Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams

From the author of The Whisper of the River and Epiphany.

In this coming-of-age story, Porter Osbourne Jr. is a precocious, sensitive, and rambunctious boy trying to make it through adolescence during the Depression. On a red-clay farm in Georgia, he learns all there is to know about cotton-chopping, hog-killing, watermelon-thumping, and mule-handling. School provides a quick course in practical joking, schoolboy crushes, athletic glory, and clandestine sex. But it is Porter’s family— his genteel, patient mother, his swarm of cousins, his snuff-dipping grandmother, and, most of all, his beloved though flawed father—who teaches Porter the painful truths about growing up strong enough to run with the horsemen.

"The writing is elegant, reflective, and amused. Mr. Sams is a storyteller sure of his audience . . . gifted with perfect timing."—The New York Times Book Review

"Remarkable both for its humor and its sustained and detailed picture of a mischievous Southern farmboy’s life during the Great Depression."—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140072747
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1984
Series: Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 215,624
Product dimensions: 4.94(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Run with the Horsemen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story takes place at the same time as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and so leads to inevitable comparisons. Ferrell Sams tells the country's side of the depression. The story highlights the boy's great love for his father and his realization that his towering father has a number of flaws. It is a funny book with a heart wrenching ending. It highlights much of the nobility of one who tries to exercise his faith, but it also shows how repugnant and distasteful the fallen nature of man can be.
avdrdrGA More than 1 year ago
Though this book is fiction, someone who knows the author told me that he had been a patient of Dr. Sams and wondered if the book was perhaps a little bit of an autobiography. All three books in this series are a pure delight to read. Porter Osbourne, Jr. is a character you will want to remember.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. Once you started you could not put it down. Having grown up with parents, brother and sisters who lived during this era of our country, it made the things described in the book more real
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting this book to be as hilarious as it was. It follows the antics of a young boy on a farm in Georgia, and shows how matures. It does a wonderful job of describing the characters as well. Hands down recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my second favorite book (Trailing behind Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird). It was beautifully written with many predicaments that describe the adolescent process to the point. This book is a MUST for anyone wanting to read a wonderful American classic. Brillance. Pure brilliance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books i have ever read. The Sequel is funnier but this book is still very funny. You need to read it just to laugh a little bit
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all modern Southerners, so that they can understand the heritage of the region - black and white. Wonderfully told tale full of beauty, wit, and grace. I simply can't say enough good things about this novel. Once you start you have to read all the way through ' Horseman, Whisper Of The River, and When All The World Was Young. That way you see innocence become cynicisim and back home again. Excellent, you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Run With The Horsemen in the mid-1980,s and passed my copy of the book on to a friend to read. My friend passed the copy on to someone else to read and I moved out of state and never got my book back. Now I am buying a new copy to pass on to another friend to read. I highly recommend this well told story of a boy growing up in Georgia in the early part of the 20th century.