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A well-told tale of young Spenser

  • Aug 20, 2010
Spenser is dead now because his creator Robert B. Parker died on January 18, 2010, unless some imitator tries to continue the series. "Tries" is the operative word, because there is no one as good as Parker. And so it is a good time to reflect on Spenser's youth, as this volume does.

We read how Spenser was raised by his father and his mother's two brothers, three tall, strong, self assured men, all four living in the same house, after his mother died during his birth. He was an only child. His three parents raised him as a fourth man in the house, taught him how to care for himself, how to box, how to cook. We read about several of his experiences as a teen ager, all of them adventures. How he stood up to a snarling drunk black bear, how he saved a girl from her drunken father, how he killed a man, how he protected a Mexican boy, and how he stood up to twelve bullies who intended to hurt him, and more. The descriptions of how his father and two uncles treated him are a delight to read, as is the entire book.

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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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Grade 7 Up—Robert B. Parker, author of scores of books featuring his popular character Spenser, explores the fictional detective's formative years in this first title (Philomel, 2009) in a series intended for teens. Told in a series of vignettes related by an adult Spenser to his wife, events in his teen years illustrate how he developed a strong moral code. Living with his father and two uncles, Spenser becomes a man with a fierce sense of right and wrong. Facing down a drunken bear in the woods and inadvertently allowing a friend's father to die so that he would not be able to abuse her, Spenser slowly figures out how to act as a man would, making his own decisions and standing by what he believes. Daniel Parker's well-paced narration matches the meandering remembrances that reveal Spenser's character. Purchasers should be aware that there is a blatant use of the word "ass," as well as some heavy fighting, drinking, and sexual discussion. This title may appeal more to Parker's adult fans than to teens.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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ISBN-10: 0142415731
ISBN-13: 978-0142415733
Author: Robert Andrew Parker
Publisher: Speak

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