Author: Jerome Mark Antil
Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars
It was 1948. The war was over, and Jerry’s life was just about to be transformed. He was moving to the country.
Moving to Delphi Falls, New York from Cortland New York meant a lot of changes for him. It meant referring to bathrooms as “basements” learning how to call dairy cows home from the pasture, the importance of not jumping off the tractor too soon, and how much ketchup sandwiches could mean to a friendship. It meant learning that your allies in the fight against injustice could include everyone from your father to your best girl to the operator on the end of the telephone line.
It meant finding new friends and adventures, such as piloting a boat down a river, flying in an airplane, taking responsibility for a rabbit mishap, and helping to create the Pompey Hollow Book Club.
From one ingenious adventure to the next, Jerry and the Pompey Hollow Book Club learn to navigate the world around them. A world where Superman is real as the sound coming out of the radio, and the concept of gourmet is something to hold in reverent bewilderment. It’s a time of firsts for Jerry, and the novel shares them with all the exuberance that comes from being alive, free, and growing up.
This really, for me is the epitome of a book to read on a lazy vacation day. Its narrative is warm and funny without having the syrupy feeling of nostalgia that seems to infect quite a number of books in the same vein. Clearly autobiographical in nature, it provides readers a glimpse into the way the world existed in a bygone era, and allows them the opportunity to realize that maybe, just maybe, the important things such as experience, friendship, and love, don’t change all that much.
I will admit, the overall pace of the book was a little slow at times, and I did feel a little bit cheated by the ending. It’s important not to miss the epilogue, especially in this book! I would have liked to see a little bit more development concerning the end, but I realize that the story has to stop somewhere so that another can begin.
This is definitely a great book to add to your library, especially if you want to either re-live the post-WWII time period or to simply imagine it.
O Stars: Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive.
1 Star: Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars: Put it on your “to-borrow” list
3 Stars: Buy it if you get the chance- worth a weekend read
4 Stars: Definitely add to your library
5 Stars: Impulse buy approved.
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