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  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books Inc (31 Dec. 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568490224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568490229
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patras on 28 Oct. 2010
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After years of watching and enjoying the simplicity of The Waltons, it was with great pleasure to finally find the original book, at a price that was affordable! Some copies were over £50.00!
It was strange to read the name 'Clay' and 'Clay Boy' instead of the well-known 'John' and especially 'John Boy'. However, the names soon become unimportant as the story, simple though it is, takes its hold.
One can't help imagining the TV characters' faces as one reads and this for me made the book so much more enjoyable.
It is an easy-read book; not demanding nor all absorbing like a thriller or mystery! It is American in its deleivery, and quite right that it should be. Read with that in mind and you will see the characters come to life before your eyes.
One to keep on the book shelves!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Christine Clarke on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you remember 'The Waltons' it takes a moment or two to forget all those names from the television series, the ones in the book are different, and much more mundane. The book itself appears to be an honest memory of life gone by, or perhaps what Earl Hamner wanted it to be. It is an easy, feel good factor read, which is what you would expect if you recall the programmes. It would be so much nicer if today life was still that uncomplicated and people friendly, although the colour prejudice was much more in evidence in the book than on the t.v. programme, but again probably more accurate for the period and year it was written. All in all a light pleasant read, not requiring any further effort than reading the words. At the end of a long day perhaps thats what we all need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Saunders on 4 Mar. 2010
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It was easy to read and interesting all the way through. Even though a lot of the details like names were different to the Waltons TV series, it was fun recognising the characters like the Baldwin sisters.

It covers a shorter timespan than the Waltons since it finishes when Clayboy (Johnboy) gets into college. I had thought it would sort of condense the complete Waltons into its pages but the fact it didn't hasn't spoiled the enjoyment.

I had wanted to read this book for the last 20 years but I had given up looking so I am glad I have finally come across it :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on 30 Jun. 2014
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I expected more from this book but I realise that as this was written long before The Walton's series was even thought of it is pointless comparing the two...this book and the TV series are quite different. This is not an autobiography and this is made evident by the disclaimer at the beginning 'Any resemblance between the characters herein and actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental' - so before you start be aware that the only familiar aspects to Walton's fans reading this book will be the mother's name, that they live near a mountain, come from huge families and they have loads and loads of kids. Clay-Boy wont remind you of John-Boy at all, the parents wont remind you of John and Olivia and the scenarios in the book lack the warmth and charm of those in the TV series. Earl Hamner Jr has clearly drawn on experiences from his youth in writing this; the boy's love for his father is well conveyed and rather than being a fond member of a close-knit brood the boy clearly resents the large number of siblings his parents produced and the demands made on him as the oldest child. The other characters have little depth; the uncles are a bunch of 'good 'ole boys' who drink and cuss and little else, the personalities of the boy's siblings receive very little attention so we don't get to know them. The story to me was flat, lacklustre and the characters one-dimensional. The warmth that should come through in an Earl Hamner Jr work just does not reach me from this book. People come and go in this story and we remain none the wiser about them although one impression I did get was that the women from the time and place written about seemed to live the lives of brood mares. I was disappointed with Spencer's Mountain and it wont be on my re-read list.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By blueeyedchick on 23 Mar. 2007
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He was told to write about what he knew and he did. Spencers mountain is a charming book about poor honest folk trying to survive the depression. Earl has the gift of bringing the reader into the story from the beginning. Superb descriptions of the small community within which he lived. Names are different from the series but this matters not one jot.

Accomplished writing, poetic in places - and all from one solitary light through a window facing a mountain.

Kathy Raynor Loughborough Leicestershire
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pianojan on 24 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed this book, but having seen the Walton's programmes, it seemed a bit lacklustre. Beautifully written, but although an autobiography, it seems as if the TV programmes were more believable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm G. H. Kay on 11 Jun. 2010
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What do you do when you want 'jon boy' but in book form? You go here and buy a brand new book! The recipient of this present was absolutely over the proverbial moon with this! Quick and easy transaction. And 'hard back'.
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I have always been a fan of The Waltons and tried for many years to obtain Earl Hamners book and then joy of joy finally obtained through kindle.
A brilliant read, my only criticism it seemed to end too soon, I could have read it forever.
A pure trip of nostalgia that surely touches a part of us all somehow ,sometime.
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