By Herman Raucher
“SUMMER OF ‘42 is an enthralling and smooth novel…The total impression is considered one of excessive hilarity. Raucher is a comic-artist who's in a position to show the fears and joys…of the boy and whilst provide older readers a wrench within the center. ” ―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A vintage coming-of-age tale and overseas bestseller.
Captivating and evocative, Herman Raucher’s semi-autobiographical story has been made right into a record-breaking Academy Award nominated hit motion picture, tailored for the level, and enchanted readers for generations.
In the summer time of 1942, Hermie is fifteen. he's wildly passionate about intercourse, and passionately in love with an "older girl" of 22, whose husband is abroad and at conflict. Ambling via Nantucket Island together with his neighbors, Hermie’s indelible narration chronicles his frantic efforts to develop into a guy, in particular one valuable of the beautiful Dorothy, in addition to his excellent and heartbreaking initiation into intercourse.
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It came. " There would be a third utterance fairly soon. It would be a question. Questions were deadly in that they called for a response. For a direct statement you could be in Poughkeepsie. But for a question you'd better be in the house. Hermie sat down on the top step and waited for the question. From there he could observe Oscy and Benjie acting out the Fall of Rome. He could also determine whether or not there was any life in the two corpses that the two families up the street had dropped on his lawn.
If only the coach could see. His stride was perfection, his arms pumping well, his breath firing in proper bursts. " He was out there alone, lapping the runner from James Madison, now shooting past the befuddled contestant from Manual Training. Midwood fell. Fort Hamilton quit. New Utrecht never knew what happened. They came at him swiftly, like birds of prey, Jap silent, Jap quick. Oscy hit him low with a fine rolling body block. Benjie would have hit him high were it not for the 57 herman raucher fact that Oscy had already cut him down.
And all this lovely landscape Hermie could see with one eye, from ground level, thirty yards away. Ted Williams never had better vision. Oscy's voice. " Benjie's voice. " Hermie didn't bother with either remark. Very likely he hadn't heard anything beyond the sounds of angels. He pushed his shirt aside so that the other eye could come into play and tell him if it was really true, really her. For a moment, as the second eye focused, there were three of her. Then four. Then a dozen, spinning kaleidoscopically.