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Book Title: The Old Man and the Boy|
The author of the book: Robert Ruark
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 911 KB
Edition: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Date of issue: January 1st 1957
ISBN 13: 9780030279102
Read full description of the books The Old Man and the Boy:I've mentioned before that I'm a huge fan of Robert Ruark's writing, at least his "outdoor writing". For many years Mr. Ruark wrote a column in Field and Stream Magazine...The Old Man and the Boy, Mr. Ruark himself being the boy. This is a collection these.
I suppose I love this for the same reason(s) that I love some other books, movies etc. It reflects an idyllic and idealized situation that I find myself very envious of. I grew up in the country and wandered the fields and the creeks. My dad and granddad taught me to shoot, but we were never close, not like it's pictured here. Were Ruark and his grandfather really as close as we see here? Did "the old man" share the wisdom of the years that we see here? or is it idealized?
I don't know. I assume that it has to be largely true because of the stories related. But whether it's an every word true blow by blow account or if it's embroidered it's still wonderful and brings tears to my eyes.
It may be that the book is a bit dated and may appeal to older readers more, I don't really know. I do know that if you didn't grow up in a time or place where you had the freedom to hunt, fish and just be free you can get a taste here. Reading this could be a nostalgic experience and bring back memory or it may be simply a taste of what you missed, but whichever it's something that ought not be missed.
And it's something that ought not be forgotten.
This one, the volume I read is a library book...Five Stars and I plan to buy the book.
Read information about the authorRobert Ruark was an author and syndicated columnist.
Born Robert Chester Ruark, Jr., to Charlotte A. Ruark and Robert C. Ruark, a bookkeeper for a wholesale grocery, young Ruark attended local schools and graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from high school at age 12 and entered the University of North Carolina at age 15. The Ruark family was deeply affected by the Depression, but despite his families' financial travails, he earned a journalism degree from the University of North 'Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During World War II Ruark was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. Ruark served ten months as a gunnery officer on Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys.After the war Ruark joined the Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance. As the New York Times said, Ruark was "sometimes glad, sometimes sad, and often mad--but almost always provocative." Some of his columns were eventually collected into two books, I Didn't Know It Was Loaded (1948) and One for the Road (1949).As he grew in notoriety, Ruark began to write fiction; first for literary magazines, and then his first novel, Grenadine Etching in 1947.
After he began to gain success as a writer, Ruark decided that it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream to go on safari to Africa. Ruark took an entire year off and began a love affair with Africa.As a result of his first safari, Ruark wrote Horn of the Hunter, in which he detailed his hunt.
In 1953, Ruark began writing a column for Field & Stream magazine entitled ''The Old Man and the Boy''. Considered largely autobiographical (although technically fiction), this heartwarming series ran until late 1961.
Ruark's first bestselling novel was published in 1955. It was entitled Something of Value and was about the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya.
Sometimes belittled as “the poor man’s Hemingway,” Ruark has nevertheless retained a loyal following among fans of nature writing. Bland Simpson wrote that he produced “some of the best ‘portraiture in words’ of hunting, fishing and life in the field that we have.”
Ruark died in London on July 1, 1965 most likely as a result of alcoholism.
Robert Ruark is buried in Palamos, Spain.
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