Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Back to Bataan By Jerome Charyn Blog Tour Stop
Back to Bataan Summary
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.
5 OF 5 STARS
I would like to Thank Tribute Books for allowing me to be on this tour. I have to say I am a history buff and I love historical books. The way Jerome describes the era had me sitting right there like I was living it. WWII was a rough time for people because soldiers were dying left and right. Plus there was a shortage of food and money. Things were looking very bleak and the only thing a man could do was go to war and fight for his country.
Jack Dalton was one who wanted to be off fighting in the war to defend his country. No matter where he was he just wanted to defend his country. This becomes more important to him after his Fiance Coco dumps him for another school mate. Jack has had enough and he does something drastic and finds himself running away in order to stay out of trouble.
But then Jack finds himself living with a group of vagrants and he is soon caught up in there everyday dealings. Jack will have to prove himself to this group in order to stay at the top. What will Jack do? Will he succumb to the vagrants leader or will he walk away and go back home? When there is nothing left what do you do? This is such a compelling story it had me on the edge of my seat wanting to read faster so I could see what was going to happen next!
Jerome Charyn's Bio: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.
Release: July 1, 2012
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