The Whisper of the River

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Penguin Books, 1986 - Fiction - 528 pages
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Young for his class and small for his age, Porter Osborne, Jr., leaves his rural Georgia home in 1938 to meet the world at Willingham University, armed with the knowledge that he has been "Raised Right" in the best Baptist tradition. What happens over the next four years will challenge the things he holds infallible: his faith, his heritage, and his parents' omniscience. As we follow Porter's college career, full of outrageous pranks and ribald humor, we sense a quiet, constant flow toward maturity. Peppered with memorable characters and resonant with details of place and time, "The Whisper of the River" is filled with the richness of spirit that makes great fiction.

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

Highly autobiographical Bildungsroman, of a boy in rural central Georgia who goes off to college in Macon in the late 1930s at age 16. Vivid portrayal of campus life, gags, hard knocks, frictions ... Read full review

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User Review  - meadow68 - LibraryThing

Book 2 of Sams' epic southern trilogy. Little Porter leaves home and goes to college. "This bittersweet and very funny novel tells the tale of Porter Osborn, Jr. from the time he leaves his home in a ... Read full review


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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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