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They came like swallows

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Published by Modern Library in New York .
Written in English



  • Illinois


  • Family -- Illinois -- Fiction,
  • Mothers -- Death -- Fiction

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementWilliam Maxwell.
LC ClassificationsPS3525.A9464 T44 1997b
The Physical Object
Paginationxix, 191 p. ;
Number of Pages191
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL664390M
ISBN 10067960247X
LC Control Number97009955

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Feb 01,  · They Came Like Swallows William Maxwell (Harvill, £) There are novels that grab the attention by wearing comedy outfits, or serious suits, or the gowns of academe. About They Came Like Swallows To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of is ravaging their small Midwestern town. Nov 11,  · They Came Like Swallows (Vintage International) - Kindle edition by William Maxwell. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading They Came Like Swallows (Vintage International).4/5(36). The book's title and epigraph come from W. B. Yeats's poem, "Coole Park, ": "They came like swallows and like swallows went, / And yet a woman's powerful .

The sense of time and place, of a small town in Illinois in , the year of the horrific Spanish influenza epidemic, is so real you can lose yourself as if the ensuing seventy-plus years had never happened. Like Maxwell's other book I have reviewed here, The Folded Leaf, this book - They Came Like Swallows - is simply beautiful. A masterpiece/5. Beautifully observed, deftly rendering the civilities and constraints of a vanished era, They Came Like Swallows measures the subterranean currents of love and need that run through all our lives. The result confirms Maxwell's reputation as one of the finest writers we have. Mar 01,  · Buy a cheap copy of They Came Like Swallows book by William Maxwell. In the Morison house the important goes unsaid and indirection is the operative mode--conversation stops where it should start and key terms such as fear, pain, Free shipping over $Cited by: 3. Editions for They Came Like Swallows: (Paperback published in ), (Paperback published in ), X (Paperback published in ), Cited by: 3.

First published in , They Came Like Swallows was William Maxwell's second novel. It tells of an ordinary American family overtaken by the devastating epidemic of the Spanish influenza of The book begins on the day before the armistice in a small midwestern town, and the events are seen from the perspective, in turn, of eight-year-old Peter Morison--called Bunny; of his older brother 4/5(5). Jul 22,  · The Saturday Review said,"They Came LIKE Swallows is one of those rare tales in which child-hood is reflected in the simplicity and intensity of its own experience."The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. They Came Like Swallows () by Maxwell, William and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices.4/5(K). Jan 21,  · They Came Like Swallows is American author William Maxwell's second novel. Maxwell was famous as an author and editor. He helped shape the careers of writers like Eudora Welty, John Cheever, John Updike, John O'Hara and many others. I read and reviewed one of his later novels, So Long, See You Tomorrow in the early.