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Across Five April's by Irene Hunt

Across Five April's (original 1964; edition 1980)

by Irene Hunt

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Title:Across Five April's
Authors:Irene Hunt
Info:Ace Books (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964)


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I've waited forever to read this book. I've had various copies over the years and picked it up at different times and just never could finish it. I'm glad I finally did, but I'm disappointed. It wasn't nearly as great as everyone made it out to be. Still a great book, just not my cup of tea. ( )
  teeney | Mar 14, 2014 |
The narrator is superb, the Southern Illinois accent true to the way the people I know from there speak. The story is compelling.

My DH walked in right at the end and I was sitting on the couch crying. He asked what the matter was, and I said, "They've killed the President." He knows me fairly well, so he asked which President. I allowed as to how it was Lincoln. He left me in peace for the remainder of the book.

It's a masterpiece, plain and simple. Told through letters and seen through the eyes of Jethro who is 9 when the war begins, it's got a homespun tone and a piercing insight. Highly recommended. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
This was not a book that was easy to continue in Audio form. It's almost too leisurely. But I'm glad I stayed with it. The range and complexity of opinions about war matters is especially well done. Lots to think about here. It would be a good discussion starter about wars in general. ( )
  2wonderY | Feb 2, 2013 |
"Across Five Aprils" is a coming-of-age story of a young man during the five years of the Civil War. However, it is more than that: it delves into the thoughts of his family and their small southern Illinois community. We see those who are torn by their beliefs of what is 'right' or fair, and those who'd rather vilify and condemn.

I've read one other book by the author, Irene Hunt, which I also could not put down: her characters are three dimensional, real, people you have known or know of, and she never writes down to her audience.

I highly recommend this book, not just for the story, nor the glimpses of the War Between the States, but for the illumination of people, just like you or me, struggling with the day to day and year to year trials that we all face at one time or another in our lives. ( )
1 vote fuzzi | Sep 12, 2012 |
Newbery Honor. RGG: Beautifully written accounting of the Civil War from the perspective of the youngest son of an Illinois family. To really understand requires a deep knowledge of the Civil War's major battles and military figures.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 3, 2012 |
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Bregy, TerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ellen Creighton and her nine-year-old son, Jethro, were planting potatoes in the half-acre just south of their cabin that morning in mid-April, 1861; they were out in the field as soon as breakfast was over, and southern Illinois at that hour was pink with sunrise and swelling redbud and clusters of bloom over the apple orchard across the road.
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Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

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