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This is a PRE-ISBN edition. Kirjan päähenkilöön Robert Shannoniin Cronin on liittänyt piirteitä omasta itsestään, ja siksi tämä minä-muotoon kirjoitettu romaani on saanut erittäin lämpimän henkilökohtaisen sävyn. Robert on romaanin alkaessa kahdeksanvuotias ja on juuri menettänyt isänsä ja äitinsä. Äiti, skotlantilaiset pikkuvirkamiehen tytär, oli isänsä kauhuksi lähtenyt i This is a PRE-ISBN edition. Kirjan päähenkilöön Robert Shannoniin Cronin on liittänyt piirteitä omasta itsestään, ja siksi tämä minä-muotoon kirjoitettu romaani on saanut erittäin lämpimän henkilökohtaisen sävyn. Robert on romaanin alkaessa kahdeksanvuotias ja on juuri menettänyt isänsä ja äitinsä. Äiti, skotlantilaiset pikkuvirkamiehen tytär, oli isänsä kauhuksi lähtenyt irlantilaisen "seikkailijan" matkaan uhmaten täten kaikkia perheensä sovinnaisuusvaatimuksia. Isä on rikkonut välinsä tyttäreen, mutta tyttären kuoltua hän katsoo velvollisuudekseen huolehtia pienestä tyttärenpojastaan. Robert tuodaan ahtaaseen, ankaraan skotlantilaiseen pikkukaupunkiympäristöön, ja hänen elämänsä alkaa käydä perin vaikeaksi. Vähitellen hän kuitenkin pääsee eteenpäin, hän on sitkeä ja lahjakas, hän saa hyviä ystäviä, ja vaikka olosuhteet ovat kerta toisensa jälkeen hänet nujertaa, väistyvät vaikeudet lopulta, ja kirjan päättyessä lukija jättää 17-vuotiaan Robertin valoisan tulevaisuuden kynnykselle. Robertin rinnalla saamme seurata hänen lähiympäristönsä vaiheita; nuorten ja vanhojen elämänkohtaloita, ja niiden joukosta kohoaa mainioimpana esiin Robertin isoäidinisän muhkea hahmo, elämässä epäonnistunut, mutta lannistumaton ikuinen veijari. Ja kun kirjan tekijä on Cronin, tiedämme sanomattakin, että juoni on niin vilkas ja vaihteleva ja kerronta niin mukaansatempaavaa, että kirjaa on vaikea laskea kädestään, ennen kuin sen on loppuun päässyt.


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This is a PRE-ISBN edition. Kirjan päähenkilöön Robert Shannoniin Cronin on liittänyt piirteitä omasta itsestään, ja siksi tämä minä-muotoon kirjoitettu romaani on saanut erittäin lämpimän henkilökohtaisen sävyn. Robert on romaanin alkaessa kahdeksanvuotias ja on juuri menettänyt isänsä ja äitinsä. Äiti, skotlantilaiset pikkuvirkamiehen tytär, oli isänsä kauhuksi lähtenyt i This is a PRE-ISBN edition. Kirjan päähenkilöön Robert Shannoniin Cronin on liittänyt piirteitä omasta itsestään, ja siksi tämä minä-muotoon kirjoitettu romaani on saanut erittäin lämpimän henkilökohtaisen sävyn. Robert on romaanin alkaessa kahdeksanvuotias ja on juuri menettänyt isänsä ja äitinsä. Äiti, skotlantilaiset pikkuvirkamiehen tytär, oli isänsä kauhuksi lähtenyt irlantilaisen "seikkailijan" matkaan uhmaten täten kaikkia perheensä sovinnaisuusvaatimuksia. Isä on rikkonut välinsä tyttäreen, mutta tyttären kuoltua hän katsoo velvollisuudekseen huolehtia pienestä tyttärenpojastaan. Robert tuodaan ahtaaseen, ankaraan skotlantilaiseen pikkukaupunkiympäristöön, ja hänen elämänsä alkaa käydä perin vaikeaksi. Vähitellen hän kuitenkin pääsee eteenpäin, hän on sitkeä ja lahjakas, hän saa hyviä ystäviä, ja vaikka olosuhteet ovat kerta toisensa jälkeen hänet nujertaa, väistyvät vaikeudet lopulta, ja kirjan päättyessä lukija jättää 17-vuotiaan Robertin valoisan tulevaisuuden kynnykselle. Robertin rinnalla saamme seurata hänen lähiympäristönsä vaiheita; nuorten ja vanhojen elämänkohtaloita, ja niiden joukosta kohoaa mainioimpana esiin Robertin isoäidinisän muhkea hahmo, elämässä epäonnistunut, mutta lannistumaton ikuinen veijari. Ja kun kirjan tekijä on Cronin, tiedämme sanomattakin, että juoni on niin vilkas ja vaihteleva ja kerronta niin mukaansatempaavaa, että kirjaa on vaikea laskea kädestään, ennen kuin sen on loppuun päässyt.

30 review for Vihreät vuodet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dorcas

    This is my second A J Cronin and it didn't disappoint. This is just the kind of story I like, true characterization (warts and all), a plot packed with everyday drama, tragedy mixed with triumph at the very last gasp, a novel some might call melodramatic and soap-opera-ish but whatever, it's a great read and I dare you to not get choked up at least twice. A young orphan boy is sent to live with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents in Scotland, where the head of the house, his p This is my second A J Cronin and it didn't disappoint. This is just the kind of story I like, true characterization (warts and all), a plot packed with everyday drama, tragedy mixed with triumph at the very last gasp, a novel some might call melodramatic and soap-opera-ish but whatever, it's a great read and I dare you to not get choked up at least twice. A young orphan boy is sent to live with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents in Scotland, where the head of the house, his pecuniary grandfather, rules the roost with austere frugality. Even with Shannon's bent for biology and his good chances of winning a scholarship, his studious passions meet a brick wall when he becomes of "wage age".   His one reprieve in life is his un-sunderable friendship with Gavin as they adventure together on school breaks in the fields and glens, hiking, fishing and collecting birds eggs and specimens. Then tragedy. And more tragedy. And more tragedy. *sigh* Some interesting characters here, including a red nosed eccentric grandfather with an eye for the ladies and a taste for strong drink, a retired barrel monkey with double pneumonia. A kindly school teacher with a scarred lip and ideas of socialism, a bowlegged suitor, and a young lady with a voice of angels. Recommended for those who enjoyed "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", Francis Brett Young's "The Young Physician", or Howard Spring's "My Son, My Son" CONTENT: Clean with minimal to no profanity

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    http://youtu.be/wbzT8JuevaA Jessica Tandy in here. Fab! A one-liner review somewhere on the net, forget where, states 'The conflict between Catholics & Presbyterians in Ireland', Nope, that is not what this is about at all. It is a semi-autobiographical account of the coming of age a budding young scientist who happened upon a microscope in a swap for a golden plover egg. Did I mention Grandpa? Well he is great-grandpa and he is wonderful. 5* Hatters Castle 5* The Citadel 4* The Green Years The abov http://youtu.be/wbzT8JuevaA Jessica Tandy in here. Fab! A one-liner review somewhere on the net, forget where, states 'The conflict between Catholics & Presbyterians in Ireland', Nope, that is not what this is about at all. It is a semi-autobiographical account of the coming of age a budding young scientist who happened upon a microscope in a swap for a golden plover egg. Did I mention Grandpa? Well he is great-grandpa and he is wonderful. 5* Hatters Castle 5* The Citadel 4* The Green Years The above three novels are so different in texture: Hatter's Castle is dark and gothic; The Citadel about the plight of The Pit Valleys of South Wales, and the working conditions therein The Green Years is an uplifting tale where the disadvantaged can realise dreams through hard work and sacrifice. There is a religious theme running through but nothing heavy, and medicine of course: A J Cronin had a few capital letters after his name. Ready for them?... MB, ChB, MD, DPH, MRCP

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Quigley

    Just this year I "discovered" A. J. Cronin and have read 4 of his books. THE GREEN YEARS is obviously the autobiographical account of Cronin's coming of age in Scotland in the early 20th Century. The supurb, honest characterization of his various family members coupled with Cronin's eye for detail, skill in plot construction, and depth of focus make this an excellent read. This book, like his others I have read, looks squarely at life and death, at joy and anguish. It is both humorous and seriou Just this year I "discovered" A. J. Cronin and have read 4 of his books. THE GREEN YEARS is obviously the autobiographical account of Cronin's coming of age in Scotland in the early 20th Century. The supurb, honest characterization of his various family members coupled with Cronin's eye for detail, skill in plot construction, and depth of focus make this an excellent read. This book, like his others I have read, looks squarely at life and death, at joy and anguish. It is both humorous and serious as it follows a young orphan from his entrance into a new extended family through his eighteenth year. If I had not already read the second half of his life in ADVENTURES IN TWO WORLDS, I would begin it immediately. I can say with assurrance that I would be in for a treat. Since I am a reader who enjoys learning new words, likes figurative language and description, loves strong characterization, and prefers the single point of view, this book is perfect for my taste.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I stayed up late one night and watched an old 1937 movie made from this book. I enjoyed it very much and decided to read the book. Generally, I like books better than movies, and I have to say that reading the book after watching the movie took some of the fun out of the book, but I loved the characters in this book. They were very well defined and true to life. How can you not love Grandfather, who suffers from too much drink, but has one of the kindest hearts. The main character has a series o I stayed up late one night and watched an old 1937 movie made from this book. I enjoyed it very much and decided to read the book. Generally, I like books better than movies, and I have to say that reading the book after watching the movie took some of the fun out of the book, but I loved the characters in this book. They were very well defined and true to life. How can you not love Grandfather, who suffers from too much drink, but has one of the kindest hearts. The main character has a series of life altering set-backs and the story shows how he struggled with them. I really liked this book which exemplifies the spirit of man.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This author is a gem who receives little attention nowadays. The Green Years was recommended by a co-worker. Originally published in the 1930s, it is a charming story of a young boy growing up with his grandparents in Scotland before WWI. AJ Cronin has a real literary talent, making the reader feel as though the trials and tribulations of Robert Shannon, the main character, are the reader's own. The only disappointment was the end - which to me, seemed a little anti-climatic, although I can't pu This author is a gem who receives little attention nowadays. The Green Years was recommended by a co-worker. Originally published in the 1930s, it is a charming story of a young boy growing up with his grandparents in Scotland before WWI. AJ Cronin has a real literary talent, making the reader feel as though the trials and tribulations of Robert Shannon, the main character, are the reader's own. The only disappointment was the end - which to me, seemed a little anti-climatic, although I can't put my finger on why.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne Murphy

    I read this. 53 years ago. I love this lonely story. I was 12 then and I will read again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leaflet

    I begin to detect a pattern in Cronin’s books. The protagonist’s dreams are thwarted and met with one setback after another; that is, until the very end when fortune takes a sudden and unexpected turn for the better- a eucatastrophe (to borrow from Tolkien) - and all ends happily and triumphantly for our poor, harassed Job.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy DeValve

    Though this book was written in 1944, it takes place in the early 1900's. Robert Shannon is the son of an Irish Catholic father and a Scottish mother, both of whom die of tuberculosis, leaving him an orphan. His penny-pinching, beyond frugal grandparents take him in. Still living at home are Robie's aunt and uncle, as well as his great-grandparents (his grandmother's dad and his grandfather's mom). The "green years" becomes symbolic ... green for Ireland and his Catholic faith; green for growing Though this book was written in 1944, it takes place in the early 1900's. Robert Shannon is the son of an Irish Catholic father and a Scottish mother, both of whom die of tuberculosis, leaving him an orphan. His penny-pinching, beyond frugal grandparents take him in. Still living at home are Robie's aunt and uncle, as well as his great-grandparents (his grandmother's dad and his grandfather's mom). The "green years" becomes symbolic ... green for Ireland and his Catholic faith; green for growing up and naivete, green for his love for nature and scientific studies, and most unforgettable, the horrible green suit his great-grandmother made for him. The book is somewhat depressing, but Robie struggles with depression and that is felt in the book. It is also a masterfully-told story with superb character development.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nguyên Lê

    A heartfelt story. This is the first book that almost made me cry. Robert Shannon, who was an orphan, was raised up by his grandparents and great-grandparents. The way the book struck me was the climax and the twist are not as dramatic as some other novels. There were trouble of the youth such as discrimination and alienation due to different religions or regions. As fate would have it, Robert grew up developing his personalities from his family members, and eventually befriended Gavin, who, I th A heartfelt story. This is the first book that almost made me cry. Robert Shannon, who was an orphan, was raised up by his grandparents and great-grandparents. The way the book struck me was the climax and the twist are not as dramatic as some other novels. There were trouble of the youth such as discrimination and alienation due to different religions or regions. As fate would have it, Robert grew up developing his personalities from his family members, and eventually befriended Gavin, who, I think, does not deserve the tragedy like that. Those two children became the definition of true friends and real bromance: always got each other's back, close to each other as they're lovers but they're not. It seems bad luck always surrounds Robert even when he grew up. Some parts of the story I sympathized was the cram for the great exam, which I'm sure Asian students would have experienced. This is a story of personal struggle, of friendship, of dreams, of compassion and of affection. I do wanted Robert and Gavin to be together, but yeah, nothing lasts forever. It hurts, but it's true.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Robert Shannon is a young orphan who is skirted off to Scotland from his Irish homeland after losing both his parents in an accident. He has never met these relatives before and is quickly assigned to the room of an elderly grandfather. Grandpa enjoys his pints too much, if you know what I mean and likes to engage with pretty young women. He can be quite the scoundrel but he has a good heart and genuinely cares for young Robbie. Robbie grows up in this household with various family members and Robert Shannon is a young orphan who is skirted off to Scotland from his Irish homeland after losing both his parents in an accident. He has never met these relatives before and is quickly assigned to the room of an elderly grandfather. Grandpa enjoys his pints too much, if you know what I mean and likes to engage with pretty young women. He can be quite the scoundrel but he has a good heart and genuinely cares for young Robbie. Robbie grows up in this household with various family members and they are all interesting characters indeed. You will feel the elation of they boy's victories and the anguish of his defeats. After my father died, I learned that this was his favorite author, The Citadel being his favorite book. So I have slowly been reading all of AJ Cronin's books and thoroughly enjoying reading each and every one of them!

  11. 5 out of 5

    David

    A Tale of a Boy Becoming a Man A young lad in the early 20th century growing up in a small Scottish town surrounded by hills and the wonder of nature, enjoys his young life discovering new things enjoying new experiences. He begins to realise the trap he is in, an intelligent boy being raised in a poor family where education is not a right nor desirable as his grasping father expects him to work in the local steel mill. A Roman Catholic he also has to deal with the small town prejudices of the ma A Tale of a Boy Becoming a Man A young lad in the early 20th century growing up in a small Scottish town surrounded by hills and the wonder of nature, enjoys his young life discovering new things enjoying new experiences. He begins to realise the trap he is in, an intelligent boy being raised in a poor family where education is not a right nor desirable as his grasping father expects him to work in the local steel mill. A Roman Catholic he also has to deal with the small town prejudices of the majority Protestant population. Heavy? Perhaps but intricately and cleverly woven into an intriguing and moving tale of science, religion, education and love where to succeed means the stars, to fail unthinkable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Padma Arvind

    I read this book long ago, read it again today. paragraphs like this in the book make me think and enjoy the book even more. 'Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us” I read this book long ago, read it again today. paragraphs like this in the book make me think and enjoy the book even more. 'Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abdou Oubachir

    This was the first A.J Cronin Book I've read (in french) and it was an amazing book about the struggle of a young boy who liked science but raised christian, and the hard time he had to keep faith in his beliefs and go forward with science. the characters and the story are present and enjoyable. This was the first A.J Cronin Book I've read (in french) and it was an amazing book about the struggle of a young boy who liked science but raised christian, and the hard time he had to keep faith in his beliefs and go forward with science. the characters and the story are present and enjoyable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Popova

    ."Upon a fiction, heavy tears I'll weep" Sometimes it happens so that a book comes to you at such a moment that it extremely resonates with the strings of your own soul, and then every barely noticeable hint in the text evokes a storm of emotions and tears are about to splash ... It is exactly like “Upon a fiction, heavy tears I'll weep ", as Alexander Puhkin said in his poem "Elegy" (1830)... Reading this largely autobiographical novel by Cronin, I involuntarily recalled many other works of world ."Upon a fiction, heavy tears I'll weep" Sometimes it happens so that a book comes to you at such a moment that it extremely resonates with the strings of your own soul, and then every barely noticeable hint in the text evokes a storm of emotions and tears are about to splash ... It is exactly like “Upon a fiction, heavy tears I'll weep ", as Alexander Puhkin said in his poem "Elegy" (1830)... Reading this largely autobiographical novel by Cronin, I involuntarily recalled many other works of world literature about childhood. In general, it is always especially interesting for me to read the diary notes of a generation, refracted in the writer's mind, telling about the youth that took place at the beginning of the 20th century ... For example, the study by two friends of the fauna of the Wynton Hills, described by Cronin, reminded me of Marcel Pagnol's childhood trilogy. La gloire de mon pèrehttps://www.goodreads.com/series/7340... In his presentation of events, the author tries to be objective and to place accents accurately, at the same time striving both with a grain of irony to imagine how the hero looked from the outside, and not to miss the whole stream of thoughts and emotions that rushed through his head, while he was answering to his interlocutors with his meager restrained remarks. Perhaps I will make this review rather personal since I'd like to describe my amazement when I was captured by emotions about the episode in which the "grandmother", with the best intentions, sews a school suit for Robert instead of the worn one, using the fabric of the green lining of her skirt, and all the troubles that awaited the main character after that. And when a caring "mother" suggested that he put on his aunt's women's sharp-toed shoes in case his own ones would suddenly break off at the moment of perhaps the most responsible exam in his life ... “The poor are not given the right to choose, my boy,” says his “dad” with some hypocrisy, the main feature of which was stinginess ... In this book, stinginess is perhaps brought to the point of absurdity, but perhaps this is somehow familiar to many readers in some form, and this is especially true of the older generation in our country - Russia, accustomed to try to save extremely - even if sometimes they could well afford something more. There is, of course, a national flavor in the book, and it is described especially vividly due to the fact that the main character was born in Dublin into a Catholic family, but then he was forced to live in a small Scottish town inhabited by Protestants - by the way, through the prism of the perception of the little hero we we learn a lot about the way of life and manners of this very town. Summing up, I will note that we have an example of such kind of book, in which, perhaps, there are no such action events as in a thriller or in an action movie, but, nevertheless, thanks to the correctly placed accents and interesting cognitive aspect of the text, the level of the reader's response to which far surpasses many books of sharp genres.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jan Ruth

    Robert Shannon is orphaned and sent from Ireland to live with his mother’s estranged family in Scotland, where a frugal existence in a dour town looks set to be his world. His maternal great-grandpa becomes an important character in his life despite grandpa’s disdain of Catholicism, and Robert’s paternal great-grandma’s active encouragement of it. Through his childhood amidst the prejudice and fear of religion, and the forming of fierce friendships and future hopes, Grandpa is not only there to Robert Shannon is orphaned and sent from Ireland to live with his mother’s estranged family in Scotland, where a frugal existence in a dour town looks set to be his world. His maternal great-grandpa becomes an important character in his life despite grandpa’s disdain of Catholicism, and Robert’s paternal great-grandma’s active encouragement of it. Through his childhood amidst the prejudice and fear of religion, and the forming of fierce friendships and future hopes, Grandpa is not only there to advise, but often to rescue. As the years advance this relationship is often turned on its head – much to the exasperation of Robert. But Grandpa has the last say, in a moving and deeply satisfying denouement. This was an incredibly absorbing, insightful read. A tender coming-of-age novel which highlights the strong oppositions between Catholics and Presbyterians, and how – often with gentle humour – this impacts on young Robert trying to find his way in life and make sense of historical, often puzzling beliefs. But Robert discovers he has a scientific mind, and as he matures his ambition to be a doctor leads him along a difficult and often disappointing path, fraught with obstacles. The depth and variety of character and rural scene-setting, brings this period of Edwardian history to life and makes perfect sense of the title.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was almost as enjoyable as The Citadel, and kept me reading hour after hour. I got very caught up in the narrating main character’s life, difficult though it was. I found the descriptions of the friendships between Robert and Gavin, Robert and Angelo a bit strange, as Robert described himself to be in love with each of them. However, as homosexuality was a still a crime when this book was written, perhaps I was reading a modern perspective into an old story. My other issue with the story wa This was almost as enjoyable as The Citadel, and kept me reading hour after hour. I got very caught up in the narrating main character’s life, difficult though it was. I found the descriptions of the friendships between Robert and Gavin, Robert and Angelo a bit strange, as Robert described himself to be in love with each of them. However, as homosexuality was a still a crime when this book was written, perhaps I was reading a modern perspective into an old story. My other issue with the story was that Robert’s extreme sadness/anger/ depression carried on for so long, chapter after chapter after chapter. I was so ready for it to be resolved. The outcome was predictable but the author took too long to get there, in my opinion. However, i still thought this was a great read, and an interesting museum-like look into life in early 20the century Scotland.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Pederson

    I've been reading quite a few books written in the late 40's early 50's lately, always having to remind myself that of course they would be male-centric and the roles and expectations of males and females were vastly different than they are today. So, while I enjoyed the writing and the story, I found the sometimes over-the-top histrionic whining, self pity and crushing description of Robert's love and joys to not ring true for the era. Actually, I found Robert to be quite irritating. But the re I've been reading quite a few books written in the late 40's early 50's lately, always having to remind myself that of course they would be male-centric and the roles and expectations of males and females were vastly different than they are today. So, while I enjoyed the writing and the story, I found the sometimes over-the-top histrionic whining, self pity and crushing description of Robert's love and joys to not ring true for the era. Actually, I found Robert to be quite irritating. But the rest of the family was well characterized (dastardly Adam! lovely and supportive Grandpa).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Gibson

    A wonderful, sentimental story of a young Irish orphan growing up with relatives on the west coast of Scotland. The book is so well written and the characters so beautifully drawn, I shared young Robert’s journey with a smile on my face. The incorrigible grandfather is the star of the tale and I laughed out loud at times. I won’t continue; I don’t want to provide any spoilers, but you must buy this book! I’m working my way through Cronin’s books; written many years ago but not dated in any way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeana

    An obscure but highly recommended book, The Green Years got off to a slow start but by the middle, I was completely absorbed in it. Robie doesn’t have an easy time of it, becoming an orphan and being sent to live with his grand—and great-grandparents. But he works hard and perseveres through his challenges. It felt to be a very authentic coming-of-age story for an Irish Boy in Scotland.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was not my thing. Beautiful description, but it's basically a Victorian boy trying on every popular philosophy and religion you could encounter in Scotland during that time. Tragedy makes him reject everything and act like a jerk toward everyone, and end with a sort of condescending attitude toward religious people. So, like I said, not my thing. This was not my thing. Beautiful description, but it's basically a Victorian boy trying on every popular philosophy and religion you could encounter in Scotland during that time. Tragedy makes him reject everything and act like a jerk toward everyone, and end with a sort of condescending attitude toward religious people. So, like I said, not my thing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maurita Kling

    For a book as old as this one, this is still a very enjoyable read. I have always liked reading about the Past & how different things were, so this was just up my alley! Good story with colorful characters & backround in a rural Scottish setting!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oona

    it's a fucking depressing one it's a fucking depressing one

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The boy and the events in his upbringing come over very clearly and expressively as you'd expect from Cronin. I'm sure if I were a teenager I'd give it a five. The boy and the events in his upbringing come over very clearly and expressively as you'd expect from Cronin. I'm sure if I were a teenager I'd give it a five.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    1902-1912 Scotland about a boy growing up with his grandparents, mostly his relationship with his grandpa. Read in 1 day, couldn't put it down 1902-1912 Scotland about a boy growing up with his grandparents, mostly his relationship with his grandpa. Read in 1 day, couldn't put it down

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Tydings

    So, this book was recommended to me by my dad because he remembered it fondly from his childhood. On my own, I doubt I would have even read the back of it. I found it in a little thrift store and it looked like my dad, but he wanted me to read it. He actually irritated me into reading it, otherwise it would still be on my shelf, waiting to be read. The book is about a young Irish boy who goes to live with his Scottish family when his mother dies. He is forced to grow up among his odd, poor famil So, this book was recommended to me by my dad because he remembered it fondly from his childhood. On my own, I doubt I would have even read the back of it. I found it in a little thrift store and it looked like my dad, but he wanted me to read it. He actually irritated me into reading it, otherwise it would still be on my shelf, waiting to be read. The book is about a young Irish boy who goes to live with his Scottish family when his mother dies. He is forced to grow up among his odd, poor family in a small village. As the years go by, Roger faces the difficulties that come with life along with brutal tragedies that will attempt to break his spirit. This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite. It takes a while to get into the story, so those just starting it need to persevere! As Roger grows older, his problems get more complex which is something I really loved about this book. A reader grows older with him and, being in the first person, you get a direct view of his thought process and his feelings. You watch as he changes from the bright, curious boy to the wary, cynical man as life beats him down. I also loved how this book didn't just have the story of a boy that has the most perfect life because that just isn't real. A book isn't interesting without having some form of conflict, and this one had just that in abundance. I also enjoyed how the book was split up into separate books within the one. Each book has a specific set of years, just like the evolution to adulthood. I have to admit that the great-grandpa (grandpa), was my favorite character. He was really dynamic, but you didn't know what he was thinking or the reasons behind his actions. He did things that were really random and out there, but he was sweet and he truly cared for his grandson. No one else liked him and he wasn't an attractive man or character, but he was very important to the development of Roger's personality. Overall, this book was very well written, but it wasn't my type of book. If you are a fan of classical type books, I would recommend this book because it doesn't have the old English, but it does have that kind of realistic story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Kinnee

    Just finished this book. I loved it. Somehow reminded me of the T.V. series "The Wonder Years". I could hear the voice of the narrator of the wonder years as I read this book. The book is about an orphan boy of 11 who goes to live with the eclectic family of his grandparents in the early 20 century, in Scotland. He's from Ireland so the plot thickens. Delightful! Just finished this book. I loved it. Somehow reminded me of the T.V. series "The Wonder Years". I could hear the voice of the narrator of the wonder years as I read this book. The book is about an orphan boy of 11 who goes to live with the eclectic family of his grandparents in the early 20 century, in Scotland. He's from Ireland so the plot thickens. Delightful!

  27. 5 out of 5

    J V Woods

    The Shannon Saga. Readers of A J Cronin's books who have read about Robert Shannon when he was a Doctor but missed the Green Years will enjoy this tale about his childhood. Published in 1960 one feels it could have been written 50 years earlier. A vivid picture of Edwardian Britain. I The Shannon Saga. Readers of A J Cronin's books who have read about Robert Shannon when he was a Doctor but missed the Green Years will enjoy this tale about his childhood. Published in 1960 one feels it could have been written 50 years earlier. A vivid picture of Edwardian Britain. I

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

    Visit the young and adolescent years of a boy's life who grows up to be a heroic medical researcher. Said to be one of the best-loved stories written by Cronin this is an excellent read that is heart warming and stirring. I enjoyed it. Visit the young and adolescent years of a boy's life who grows up to be a heroic medical researcher. Said to be one of the best-loved stories written by Cronin this is an excellent read that is heart warming and stirring. I enjoyed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ria Ali

    I dont know why but i simply love reading about the kids of the 20th century!! robert is a very good guy- i seem to be falling in love... thanks cronin for such an emotional book. my sis has a lesson of a.j in her literature class. cant wait to read his other books... tee hee!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Very nice book. I never heard of this author before, but I would now like to read more of their books. Set in the early 1900's in Scotland, it tells of the simple life of a young boy and his family. A very good read. Very nice book. I never heard of this author before, but I would now like to read more of their books. Set in the early 1900's in Scotland, it tells of the simple life of a young boy and his family. A very good read.

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