Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Jerome Charyn - Back to Bataan - Review
This story takes place during wartime in New York City circa 1943. Jack Dalton, a schoolboy, desperately wants to enlist in the Army to fight.
His mother, who works in a parachute factory, struggles to keep things going, after Jack's father is killed in the war.
Coco, Jack's so-called fiancee, leaves him for another boy after he mentions their secret engagement in a school composition.
To deal with his discouragement, Jack runs away after deliberately setting fire to his rival's home. He ends up with a group of hoboes that take advantage of him. Eventually, he is able to put things right and even wins fame among his peers. Guarding the home front, Jack proves to be a braver soldier than he ever imagined.
This is a short, but well-written, story that I truly enjoyed reading.
About the Book
New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...
Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack's world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Publisher: Tribute Books
Links: Goodreads to-read list, #BackToBataan Twitter hashtag
ISBN: 9780985792206, 9781476119076
Release: July 1, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Google, Smashwords, PDF
About the Author
Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”
New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”
Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.
Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.
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