Strike the Harp! is destined to become an American holiday classic. Acclaimed author Owen Parry celebrates the season with five deeply moving Yuletide tales that span a century of American life to reveal the eternal message and spirit of Christmas.Building on the success of Parry's beloved Our Simple Gifts, these diverse stories are rich with wonderfully human characters wStrike the Harp! is destined to become an American holiday classic. Acclaimed author Owen Parry celebrates the season with five deeply moving Yuletide tales that span a century of American life to reveal the eternal message and spirit of Christmas.Building on the success of Parry's beloved Our Simple Gifts, these diverse stories are rich with wonderfully human characters who lead us from sorrow to shining joy, against the background of a growing nation: * A nineteenth-century mining town -- On Christmas Eve an aging company policeman finds himself caught between powerful colliery lords and ragged strikers ... and between his lifelong beliefs and a changing world. * Occupied Germany, 1918 -- To lull the homesickness of his soldiers, an American colonel stages a holiday dinner for the war's forgotten victims in a story that echoes the family separations of our own time. * The Roaring Twenties -- Amid the excesses of the Prohibition era, a ne'er-do-well's hilarious night of chicanery and wild parties teaches him more than he planned to learn about the season's indestructible spirit. * The Great Depression -- A waitress at work on a bleak Christmas Eve receives a gift that changes her life forever. * Cold War America -- In an unforgettable family tale that re-creates an age already lost, a child of privilege learns of the sorrow behind a mountain of gifts.Changed by sudden kindness, generosity, and sacrifice, Owen Parry's characters bring the timeless spirit of Christmas to life for readers of all ages. Poignant and lyrical, these stunning tales will be cherished for countless holiday seasons to come....
|Title||:||Strike the Harp!: American Christmas Stories|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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Strike the Harp!: American Christmas Stories Reviews
Owen Parry has written a number of books, for instance there's a whole series about a transplanted Welshman serving in the Union army during the American Civil War who has a knack for solving mysteries. See my reviews of those books.By the way his real name is Ralph Peters - check out my reviews under his name. a This is a small book (it really is small, 7 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches) and contains five Christmas stories and five Christmas poems. The stories are all set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 1887, 1918, 1928, 1933 and 1960.My favorite is "How Jimmy Mulvaney Astonished the World for Christmas". 1928 - roaring twenties - what a ride - the characters are wonderful - Jimmy is a scream. It had me laughing out loud.The author is a master wordsmith - - it's an excellent read any time of the year.
I don't know why I chose this book to begin with. I hate short stories. They never give me enough detail on the endings. I feel like I've read the first 30 pages of 5 different books, and I don't know how any of them ended. Most of the stories took place around the Pennsylvania area so that would be the only people I would suggest this to as there are quite a few historic tid-bits that might be interesting if you are from the area.
Old fashioned Christmas stories.