The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood Before the War

The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood Before the War

Samuel Hynes / Apr 07, 2020

The Growing Seasons An American Boyhood Before the War For Americans who grew up in the s the phrase before the war calls up a distant time as remote from the way we live now as some foreign country Those years of the Great Depression were lean ones

  • Title: The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood Before the War
  • Author: Samuel Hynes
  • ISBN: 9780670031931
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For Americans who grew up in the 1930s, the phrase before the war calls up a distant time as remote from the way we live now as some foreign country Those years of the Great Depression were lean ones for most Americans jobs were scarce and nobody had any money But all was not struggle and hardship it was also a time of innocence, kindness, and generosity It is thisFor Americans who grew up in the 1930s, the phrase before the war calls up a distant time as remote from the way we live now as some foreign country Those years of the Great Depression were lean ones for most Americans jobs were scarce and nobody had any money But all was not struggle and hardship it was also a time of innocence, kindness, and generosity It is this special time that Samuel Hynes, a distinguished scholar and wartime marine pilot, captures in this lyrical memoir of his midwestern boyhood Born in 1924, Sam Hynes grew up in cities and towns and on farms around the country, following his father to wherever there was work, and eventually to Minneapolis Though Hynes s family lived through hard times, he remembers his early years not as a time of pinched deprivation but as a golden stretch of opportunities and discoveries Looking back with a clear eyed, unsentimental gaze, Hynes describes the rough and tumble games in back alleys and a long hot summer on a farm, the temptations of sex, stealing, and drinking, and the wonder of falling in love for the first time Here, too, are deeply etched portraits of Hynes s widowed father and of the feisty widow he brought home to be stepmother to his sons Hynes s new memoir recaptures what came before the war he fought in his dreams, his adventures, his sins and triumphs Moving, written with great clarity and humor, The Growing Seasons is the story of a truly American boyhood.

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    1. This was an entertaining book. Not only is it a coming of age story of an American boy in the years before World War II, but it is also an example of a well-written reflection. Things were very different in those days. Kids were given a lot of freedom to roam but they were also expected to do chores.My favorite part was when he and his brother were dropped off to work at a farm way out in the remote Minnesota countryside. They didn't even know the couple that they were spend an entire working an [...]


    2. I was hooked from line one of this book. Hynes' simple and direct style of writing quickly whisks you back 70-plus years and tells you -shows you - how it was. And it wasn't easy for Sam Hynes either, orphaned at an early age and moving from place to place, being farmed out and coping with a step-mother. But in spite of all this, you also get a sense of the fun of being a boy in the midwest during the depression. Kids don't always know when they're poor; they're too busy learning and experiencin [...]


    3. Lovely writing.This is Samuel Hynes's memoir about growing up during the Depression and coming of age in time for the WWII draft. It's one man's attempt to describe that country from which each of us comes as its only citizen: the world in which we grew up. He was born in 1924 and lost his mother at the age of five. He recounts his childhood without a lot of emotion; he's trying to give you as clear a picture as possible of the country where he grew up. The book was published in 2003, by which t [...]


    4. This is the book I wish my grandfather had written. I picked it up after noting some biographical similarities the author shared with him: born nearly the same year (thus the depression loomed over their childhoods), childhood in Minneapolis (St Paul in my grandfather's case), mother died young, and finally off to fly in WWII. There is little plot; just vignettes of his childhood from his earliest memories to the moment he is off to war. Some are big moments, such as a car accident in high schoo [...]


    5. Hynes, Samuel. The Growing SeasonsI’ve never visited Minneapolis, but Hynes gives me the feel of the city in this book. The cruel winters, the fog, the distance from the sea, the poverty of the Depression and above all the stoicism of those who endured strikes, hunger and the threat of war put me in the place of young Sam, cycling miles to deliver checks and ultimately finding release into the armed forces. This is a wonderfully eloquent story of growing up, of finding out by hints, speculatio [...]


    6. I picked this book up because my Dad was born in 1927. He died in 1995 and I never learned much about his everyday life or the the people he knew. This is a midwestern book and Dad grew up in Michigan so I see a lot of cultural similarities. Compared to my own boyhood years (I'm 55 this year), life and times hadn't changed too much, except that I had a lot more stuff than he probably did.The author knows how to take the reader down the streets of Minneapolis and the lanes of the country. His tre [...]


    7. If you live in Minnesota, grew up in Minnesota (Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota), if you are old enough to get senior discounts, "The Growing Seasons," might be made required reading. If you live somewhere else, "The Growing Seasons," is recommended reading. Samuel Hynes crafts tickling nostalgia, he recreates history from an enviable memory. He writes sparingly, beautifully. Just a wonderful volume.


    8. It was a very comforting book, describing life in a time much less complex than our own. I could compare it to eating meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It became less comfortable when WWII arrived with Pearl Harbor forcing the US into the war, and also meant that some of the idyllic memories of the author were shattered by deaths of boyhood friends. SHynes has a nice writing style, very straightforward, easy to read.


    9. Took me a long time to finish reading this, but because of the time it took me, I think I gained an increasingly better appreciation of Hynes' writing and voice. He very earnestly outlines what life was like before World War II in a modest Minnesota home, and the reader observes up close, almost in an anthropologic way, the most typical vestiges of an American coming-of-age story.


    10. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The places and incidents were familiar. The style of writing was clean, concise and descriptive. The family members and friends were similar to people I know. This was consistent with my perception of a memoir, unlike the last 2 memoirs I have read. I would recommend it.


    11. I was a little surprised that the 30's didn't seem a whole lot different than the 80's. Being set in familiar areas of Minneapolis I think I connected with this one more than if it had been somewhere else.


    12. I read John Gregory Dunne's review of this book in 03 and determined then that I'd someday read it. I agree with Dunne's evaluation: "This is a brilliant book." nybooks/articles/16171 I'll reread it again, I'm sure, someday.


    13. Three and one-half stars. This is a good, straightforward memoir, but not nearly as good as A World Lost and So Long, See You Tomorrow.




    14. A superb memoir of a boy's life in the 30's. Brilliant use of metaphor appropriate to the tone of the work.



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