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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447243757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447243755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Cardross, Scotland, A J Cronin studied at the University of Glasgow. In 1916 he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteers Reserve, and at the war's end he completed his medical studies and practiced in South Wales. He was later appointed to the Ministry of Mines, studying the medical problems of the mining industry. He later moved to London and built up a successful practice in the West End. In 1931 he published his first book, Hatter's Castle, which was compared with the work of Dickens, Hardy and Balzac, winning him critical acclaim. Other books by AJ Cronin include: The Citadel, Three Loves, The Green Years, Beyond This Place, The Keys of the Kingdom.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful reader on 14 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I can't believe that I am the first to review this book! Maybe that's a function of its age, having been first published in 1944. Anyway, it's an oldie but a goodie and here's why.

The narrative is well-paced, holding my attention at every moment. The turn of phrase is poetic at times and demonstrates a fine sensibility to the nuances of daily life and Nature. Each character is fully developed and what is unusual in many novels, each character evolves over the years of the life of the protagonist, Robie. The end is a "deus ex machina" which works very well but is unfortunately given away by the blurb on the back cover of my copy.

As someone who grew up in Yorkshire as a baby boomer, I was surprised to discover how many of our dialectal phrases were shared with people living in Scotland. Of course, many phrases came back from India with the soldiers after the Second World War, but apparently many phrases were endemic to the North of England and Scotland. For me it was a delight to revisit this language which reminds me of my childhood.

With regard to the mood of the novel -- which reads more like a memoir -- the dogged resistance of Robie to all the disappointments that his childhood and teenage years bring to him is an inspiring example to all. The underlying "message" seems to be that goodness brings its own rewards. It is interesting how the author treats religion in a gentle but unrelentingly critical manner, leaving free-thinkers room to feel justified in their rejection of the fantasy of belief.

I loved this work of literature and my old and battered version of "The Green Years" which I found by accident has earned its place in my personal library.
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By PVM on 27 Feb. 2014
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A good story of an orphaned boy being looked after by family members and growing into manhood, with a fairly hard life, with happy and sad times and a lovely relationship with his grandfather, beautifully written as always by Cronin.
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By Edward M. Sedgwick on 30 July 2013
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I preferred this book to the more famous The Citadel. It is set in a small Clydeside town pre world war I and charts a young orphan boy growing up into his teen years with a family of relatives. There are some old-fashioned words used and some Scottish words that you may have to look up in the dictionary. The book has a freshness and simplicity. It explores family relationships, religion, education, town life and the poverty of working class existence. It deals well with the awkwardness of a young boy and the angst of the early teens of an intelligent lad who would like to go to university, does he make it? How could he do it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tel49 on 22 Nov. 2014
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Brilliant story. A. J. Cronin is a much underrated writer. Tel49
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By kathleen cannon on 20 July 2014
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A real and intense understanding of a child's dreams, hopes and aspirations. Cronin writes with such incredible power taking the reader through the boy's inner turmoil, disillusionment and despair. The final chapter is moving in its successful ending. A must read.
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