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jul. 6, 2007, 7:46 am

Just joined this group. I love southern lit. and one of my favorite southern authors is Ferrol Sams. Have any of you read his trilogy - Run With the Horsemen, Whisper of the River and When All the World Was Young? I love these books and reread them every couple of years. Dr. Sams is a (still practicing) ninety-something year old rural Georgia doctor who wrote these (semi-autobiographical) novels in the eighties. I laughed and cried through each novel from his time as a young boy to WWII to med school. He just released a new book, Down Town, but I have not read it yet.

jul. 19, 2007, 3:28 pm

I have not read Sams, but my step-daughter is cursing The Whisper of the River maybe as I type.
It is required reading which will turn into an essay as her first college assignment. Her older sister went through this assignment two years ago and wasn't traumatized. At least we didn't have to buy a second copy.

jul. 19, 2007, 6:57 pm

I read Run with the Horsemen and Whisper of the River years ago, right after they came out. What I remember is they were both well written and full of self-congratulatory stories about how many speaking, spelling, debating, and so on prizes Sams won as a young boy and as a young man. I think he may have been a prodigy. Not being one myself, it irritated me. It may be this is why I remember what I remember. But, as I said, they were quite well written and entertaining.