When All the World was Young

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Longstreet Press, 1991 - Fiction - 610 pages
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The year is 1942 and Porter Osborne, Jr., is safely ensconced in medical school. He is physically safe, although taunted by the beckoning finger of Uncle Sam. Haunted by the family motto, "Remember who you are, " Porter wrestles with a flood of conflicting emotions. A year later, the conflicts still unresolved, he is an elisted man in the U.S. Army. In the face of incomprehensible delays and inefficiency, he wonders how America will ever prevail in the world war. Surgical Technician PFC Porter Osborne finally lands at Omaha Beach and joins the Allied fight against Germany.

The final novel in the trilogy that began with "Run with the Horsemen" and "The Whisper of the River," "When all the World Was Young" continues the story of young Porter Osborne with the supreme wit and wisdom that readers have come to expect from the intimitable Ferrol Sams.

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User Review  - morryb - LibraryThing

This is the third in a series of three on the life of Porter Osborne Jr. The second ended with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This one picks up a few Months later with Porter Osborne starting Medical ... Read full review

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User Review  - meadow68 - LibraryThing

Book 3 of Sams' epic southern trilogy. Little Porter is all grown up. He chafes at the restrictions of medical school when everyone else is going off to war. In a supremely boneheaded move, he flunks himself out of medical school and joins the army. Here are his adventures. Read full review


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FERROL SAMS is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and best-selling novelist and is the author of seven books. Most notable is his trilogy of novels in which an eccentric and quixotic hero, Porter Osborne Jr., mirrors Sams's own Georgia boyhood in Fayette County. All of his works are rooted in the oral traditions of Southern humor and folklore. Sams and his wife were in private practice together in Fayetteville since 1951, and in 1987 they established the Fayette Medical Center.

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