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An Hour Before Daylight: Memories Of A Rural Boyhood (Original 2001; 2001. Auflage)

von Jimmy Carter

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In an American story of enduring importance, Jimmy Carter re-creates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm, before the civil rights movement that changed it and the country. In what is sure to become a classic, the bestselling author of Living Faith and Sources of Strength writes about the powerful rhythms of countryside and community in a sharecropping economy. Along the way, he offers an unforgettable portrait of his father, a brilliant farmer and strict segregationist who treated black workers with his own brand of "separate" respect and fairness, and his strong-willed and well-read mother, a nurse who cared for all in need -- regardless of their position in the community. Carter describes the five other people who shaped his early life, only two of them white: his eccentric relatives who sometimes caused the boy to examine his heritage with dismay; the boyhood friends with whom he hunted with slingshots and boomerangs and worked the farm, but who could not attend the same school; and the eminent black bishop who refused to come to the Carters' back door but who would stand near his Cadillac in the front yard discussing crops and politics with Jimmy's father. Carter's clean and eloquent prose evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple and the rules were heartbreaking and complex. In his singular voice and with a novelist's gift for detail, Jimmy Carter creates a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation. An Hour Before Daylight is destined to stand with other timeless works of American literature.… (mehr)
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Titel:An Hour Before Daylight: Memories Of A Rural Boyhood
Autoren:Jimmy Carter
Info:Simon & Schuster (2001), Edition: Large Print, Hardcover, 464 pages
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An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood von Jimmy Carter (2001)

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Great book describing Carter's childhood. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
In the first Election of a United States President that I remember, Jimmy Carter was the clear winner. Though I haven’t always agreed with his political decisions and opinions, I have long admired the man as.a Christian, as a statesman, and as a humanitarian. In this book, he writes of his rural boyhood, and the people and events that shaped him. He provides thought-provoking insight into the history and norms of the Southern community that affected his views on race, on poverty, on the law, and on faith. It is equally a wealth of the daily experiences of rural life from a man of my father’s generation.
  dandelionsmith | Oct 7, 2018 |
Pleasant, well-written memoir of rural life on a Georgia farm. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
President Carter describes his childhood growing up in Plains, Ga. He talks about how life was on a farm with a hardworking father and mother. The Carters owned several working farms that were tilled by sharecroppers. He talks about growing up during the depression (he was born in 1924) and how blacks influenced his life. In fact, he says after his parents, blacks were the biggest positive influence. During the days of segregation, it was normal for Jimmy and his black friend, A.D. to go to a movie together, entering the theater at different doors and A.D. sitting with other blacks in the balcony while Jimmy sat on the main floor. A very interesting book about what the South was like in those days. Very good! ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 21, 2017 |
I saw Mr. Carter discussing his book in a TV interview, and bought the book on the basis of that discussion. It is an intriguing read; I learned a good many things, but not necessarily what I expected to learn. The Carter family was fairly well off--owned land, businesses, etc., but still had no running water in the house. Mr. Carter claims that some of the policies of the New Deal harmed the poor farmers they were intended to assist. He lost his father, brother and both sisters to pancreatic cancer. His mother ied of cancer too, although she lived to be quite old. He attributes all these deaths to smoking. Carter emerges as a real person with ordinary human failings, but no corruption or hypocrisy. His writing style is a bit dull at times; he talks much more easily. 3 1/2 stars

Reviewed January 15, 2001 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 6, 2017 |
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In an American story of enduring importance, Jimmy Carter re-creates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm, before the civil rights movement that changed it and the country. In what is sure to become a classic, the bestselling author of Living Faith and Sources of Strength writes about the powerful rhythms of countryside and community in a sharecropping economy. Along the way, he offers an unforgettable portrait of his father, a brilliant farmer and strict segregationist who treated black workers with his own brand of "separate" respect and fairness, and his strong-willed and well-read mother, a nurse who cared for all in need -- regardless of their position in the community. Carter describes the five other people who shaped his early life, only two of them white: his eccentric relatives who sometimes caused the boy to examine his heritage with dismay; the boyhood friends with whom he hunted with slingshots and boomerangs and worked the farm, but who could not attend the same school; and the eminent black bishop who refused to come to the Carters' back door but who would stand near his Cadillac in the front yard discussing crops and politics with Jimmy's father. Carter's clean and eloquent prose evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple and the rules were heartbreaking and complex. In his singular voice and with a novelist's gift for detail, Jimmy Carter creates a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation. An Hour Before Daylight is destined to stand with other timeless works of American literature.

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