Raintree County

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Chicago Review Press, 2007 - Fiction - 1088 pages
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Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life--from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms. A number-one bestseller when it was first published in 1948, this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance today.

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It may seem odd to be writing a review of a book written more than 60 years ago. In my case, the book is vibrant and meaningful. Raintree County is set in a mythical part of Indiana close to where I ... Read full review

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I read this book when I was a kid and MAN did it fuck me up. When I turned 10 this book turned me from an innocent Serbian ragamuffin into the monster you all know and love. In 1914 I showed you all what this book can do to a supple young mind and I showed that archduke what I'm made of.


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Herman Wouk was born in New York on May 27, 1915. He received an A.B. degree from Columbia University, New York. In 1936, he became a radio scriptwriter with Fred Allen. In 1941, he served the U.S. government by producing radio broadcasts to sell war bonds. He joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific. He began his first novel during off-duty hours at sea. He has been a full-time writer since 1946. His debut novel, Aurora Dawn, was published in 1947. His other books include City Boy, Marjorie Morningstar, This Is My God, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, and Sailor and Fiddler. He received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 for The Caine Mutiny. He has also received the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, the Hamilton Medal, the America Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, the Washingtonian Award, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Award, and the Kazetnik Award. The first Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award for the Writing of Fiction was awarded Wouk in 2008.

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