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Book Title: Bear Season|
The author of the book: Bernie Hafeli
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Reader ratings: 5.9
Edition: Broken Bird Press
Date of issue: January 14th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780982595657
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 781 KB
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In 1951, eleven-year-old Czeslaw, mostly known as Chester, is picked on for not having a father. He, of course, DID have a father - he’d died in the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II. Chester lives in Detroit with his mother and Uncle Izzy. Chester's mother is a chemist and manages to keep the family afloat. That's good, because Izzy has trouble getting and keeping a job. Though he possesses no physical scars from the war, he is tormented by memories that only alcohol can chase away.
Chester and Izzy like to escape to the roof of their apartment building where Izzy regales the young boy with tales of a mystical bear called Wojtek. Found as a cub by members of Izzy's unit, the bear grew fond of his soldier companions, (and alcohol!), and served as mascot of the Second Company.
While many people considered Izzy's stories as little more than drunken ramblings, Chester is enthralled by the tales. Besides being highly entertaining, he sees them as a link to his father who also served in Second Company.
It takes some doing, but Chester finally manages to convince his mother to allow him to accompany Izzy on a trip to a magical place called...Cleveland. Once there, their discoveries will lead to even further adventures, including a long voyage to visit an old friend. The duo is determined to see this thing through, even if it means incurring the wrath of MOM.
This was a wonderful story that has an autobiographical feel to it. I hate to use the word "heartwarming," but it was, it was. Funny, sweet, touching...yeah, I was blubbering by the end.
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Read information about the authorBernie Hafeli graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972. In 2006 he received his MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. In between he wrote advertising, so you might say he’s been creating fiction all his life. In addition to Bear Season (Broken Bird Press, 2013), he’s published eight short stories and one poem in literary journals. “What stands out for me—both in how I became a writer and in how I became published writer—is how a seemingly bad experience (losing a job, having a novel rejected, losing an agent) paved the way for an extremely good experience. I’m sure this happens all the time, but in my life before fiction writing I rarely, if ever, noticed it. Now I’m on the lookout all the time. To paraphrase Henry James, ‘A writer should be someone on whom nothing is lost.’”
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