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Fires of Spring Hardcover – 16 Oct 1972

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  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; New edition edition (16 Oct. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436279592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436279591
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,493,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters."--"The Atlantic"
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"Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer."--"The New York Times"
"Michener is a gifted storyteller."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Brilliantly done."--"Library Journal"

A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters. "The Atlantic"
Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer. "The New York Times"
Michener is a gifted storyteller. "Kirkus Reviews"
Brilliantly done. "Library Journal"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters."
David Harper was an orphan, loney and impoverished. But his longing to embrace the world that abandoned him was stronger than the harsh realities. And even though he's a con man and petty thief at a carnival, he still dreams. For it was there that David learned about love and about women--all of whom taught him the riches of himself.
Here is a rich segment of American life--a magic blend of longing and wisdom, saltiness, simplicity, and compassion. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This could almost be autobiographical, but when reading the official autobiography, one discovers differently. ~Very good and thought-provoking, typical Michener, who said he wasn't a novelist, but a reporter, then proved himself to be both.
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HASH(0xa3479150) out of 5 stars A Rare Find 8 Mar. 2000
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I have long been a fan of Michener's, particularly the way he brings an area to life. I picked up Fires of Spring almost as an after-thought and was completely mesmerized. It really brought home the locale (I am from the area) and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the entire book. I could visualize exactly the life and atmosphere even though I was born much later. My copy is much dog-eared as it is one of the few books interesting enough to hold my interest again and again.
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HASH(0xa347c42c) out of 5 stars Michener at his best 3 May 1999
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"The Fires of Spring" tells the story of a boy growing up in Pennsylvania in the early part of the century. An early Michener effort, it is a very moving and deep story about love, friendship, enemies and life in general. It's not Michener's usual, and will be an interesting comparative read for anyone familiar with his later work.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bed900) out of 5 stars A classic among classics 25 Dec. 2002
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One of the finest books ever written. I would like for all readers to know about this book, because this book has the kind of depth that readers long for and cannot find amid the formulaic installment writers of this era. What is amazing is how this novel remains so vibrant 50 plus years after its release. The human interest aspect is still so poignant. The cast of characters are among the most interesting ever created and Mr. Michener does such a great job of bringing the time and place alive that you can smell it. I can't see how this was never made into a movie. From the poorhouse where he was raised by his aunt that ran the place to the funhouse where he meets a tragic prostitute that he falls in love with, David's story is a wonderful odyssey. The scene where the indigent members of the of the poorhouse pool their pennies to buy David clothing remains one of the classic moments in literature. I wish that today's writers would pick this book up before they pick up a pen and learn how to create this kind of chemistry in their books rather than just applying their formula. The only knock I have on this book, is that it lured me to read other Michener works that I found boring and longwinded. But I treasure this novel and so will you..
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa347f8ac) out of 5 stars One of Michener's earliest works stands the test of time. 4 Nov. 1997
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In THE FIRES OF SPRING, published in 1949, James A. Michener relates the story of an orphan in America during the first thirty years of the twentieth century. Part autobiography, the late author avoids the Dickensian trap of the abusive orphanage and presents instead a group of interesting characters. Although THE FIRES OF SPRING is chock full of sexual relationships, it never sullies itself with page after page of graphic detail. The realism holds up even after almost a half century. My first fear was that having been written in the mid-1940s, THE FIRES OF SPRING would read stale at best, laughable at worst. But to my delight, the narration is fresh and the story entertaining. I have read most of Michener's work and stumbled across The Fires of Spring by accident recently. I'm glad I overcame my initial reluctance to tackle an "older" volume. I later read his book THE NOVEL, and found it to be vastly inferior in terms of plot development and organization. I recommend THE FIRES OF SPRING to anyone, Michener fan or not.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa347f4e0) out of 5 stars Revealing Glimpses of an Earlier, Inner Michener... 8 Jan. 2007
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Published in 1949 when Michener (who only began writing at age 40)was 42, "The Fires of Spring" is one of those epochal novels that all early writers seem compelled to write. It tells the story of David Harper (Michener, presumably)as he grows up in a Pennsylvania poorhouse, takes odd jobs as a teenager, goes to college and discovers literature and writing, and finally winds up as a struggling author in New York City. Along the way, he meets a wide variety of men and women who significantly help change his life. For those of you who are only familiar with Michener's later historical fiction epics, this book gives you a new awareness of Michener's earliest passions, his painful strivings and motivations as a young man, and his often lonely artistic aspirations and observations. Prepare to be deeply moved, surprised, and richly rewarded!
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