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Pure Spring by Brian Doyle

Pure Spring

by Brian Doyle

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It begins with a lie. Martin O'Boy, anxious to get a job with the Pure Spring soft-drink company, tells his prospective employer, kindly Mr. Mirsky, that he's 16 when, in fact, he's a year younger. He gets the job, but his lie leads to his being blackmailed by his immediate boss, who forces the boy to assist in a scheme to rob their customers. Set in the early 1950s in Ottawa, this historical novel is a sequel of sorts to Doyle's Boy O'Boy (2004) but can be read independently. Like the first, it's invested with a sense of innocence, is rich in period detail, and is redolent of Doyle's nostalgia for the good old days. Its introduction of the Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko lends the story the air of a Saturday morning movie serial. Although this will have more appeal to adults than to teens, Martin and his grandpa Rip are engaging characters, and Doyle fans will welcome his latest effort. Reminds me of Richard PEeck's books!
  jsjohnso | Nov 5, 2007 |
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In this eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning Boy O'Boy, it’s spring in post-World War II Ottawa and Martin O’Boy has finally found a true home with Grampa Rip. Martin’s also found a job, working for the Pure Spring soft drink company. Best of all, he's in love with beautiful Gerty McDowell. But everything’s not perfect. Martin lied to kindly Mr. Mirsky, Pure Spring’s owner, to get the job. Grampa Rip’s brain increasingly goes missing. There’s that mysterious, yet oddly familiar, man in the park. Too, there are Martin’s memories; the sudden appearance of famed Soviet defector Igor Gouzensko; and Martin’s shady boss Randy. And worst of all, Gerty's grandfather is being robbed by Randy, with Martin forced to act as his accomplice. Martin’s happiness, his sense of duty, and his love for Gerty collide. Can he find his way through these dire developments? Brian Doyle’s fast-paced plot and vivid characterizations, along with the lively colloquial dialogue and period detail, create a rich historical portrait that confirms the author’s place as a master of the genre.

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It's spring in post-World War II Ottawa and Matin has found a true home. He's also working even though he had to lie about his age to get the job. Martin is also in love, but his boss is robbing the family of the one he loves.

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