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Very funny—and so true!
By Connecticut Reader
from Stratford, CT
Richard Kennedy figured out how to speak for all of us who have stories to tell of our teenage years and that first job. His English humor may be subtle, but he had me laughing out loud, esp. the part about the falling shelf. The illustrations are terrific—so much detail, and love that pullout poster. His name may not be a household word in the U.S., but it should be. This is too good a book to keep a secret.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A Jewel of a Book, A Rare Fine
By Loving it in Saint Augustine, FL
from Saint Augustine, FL
Richard Kennedy's writing is guileless, fascinating and unclutered, creating a cinema for the mind's-eye. to say: "his words leapt off the page" would be entirely inadequate. Indeed, they made you see what he was living through, as he experienced those moments,What struck me was his honest descriptiom of the people in his daily life. Whether he liked them or not, they all got the same attention to detail in his feeling for them. He dind't seem to be prejudiced, just a good observer. For instance, he says that he wasn't a good student while at school. He didn't even try to make himself look good. Realizing that he was writing this for his own purposes, you might think that he'd build himself up. He didn't. This made me like his writing all the more.To be able to get a real glimpse of history, life as it was "in the day and time of..." is a rare treat. This book truly kept me spellbound. The recount of the ice skating day with his boss, the dog, and the clothes they wore, made itself look like a Currier and Ives drawing.Then there is the unfailing description of the "basement office" in which he worked. And the negotiations the staff had to endujre to get just "clean towel service", in lieu of using "proofs". This kind of information is rarely offered today, and while it's totally foreign to many of us, it's a bit of history worth knowing.The first thing I thought when I finished reading this lovely book, was "Oh no! I want to read more."I can only hope that Editor Mim Harrison and Levenger Press will again collaborate and give us another book, hoping there are more of Richard Kennedey's note to be found.This is a jewel of a book, a rare find to be sure, and rich in content. Read it; you'll be glad you did.
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