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The Saxophone Winter

The Saxophone Winter is an affecting novel set in northern British Columbia during the winter of 1938-39, when Christopher Waterton (14) and Emily Gordon (13) discover each other. It is a serious love story played out during that anxious time leading up to World War Two.

When the book was first published in 1988, Writer and Critic Harold Horwood wrote this about the book: "Not just another coming-of-age-story. The Saxophone Winter is a true novel in the classical sense, a cauldron of human emotions and interactions between memorable characters. Sensitive and perceptive, without being the least bit sentimental, it is a worthy successor to Harlow´s great masterpiece Scann." (Scann will be reprinted in 2003)

Josef Skvorecky, the fine Czech novelist, had this to say. "One of the great charms of fiction has always been its ability to recreate the world of the author´s youth as he shared it with his contemporaries, `etherealized by distance´ as Hawthorne put it so well. If successful, such recreations send a message to readers who weren´t there, either because of geography or time, of what it was like to be a human being in that particular place and in that particular time. The moving and poetic and beautifully realistic The Saxophone Winter by Robert Harlow does all that with an intensity achieved by the masters of that most humane of musical instruments in its title.

The Saxophone Winter reads like adventure while portraying two very young people trying to live rich fantasies, which don´t quite accord with life in small town Long River, where The Great Depression has lasted for a full ten years and the winters come down hard and dreams are difficult to make come true.

A book for people from twelve to three-score-and-ten.

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"The Saxophone Winter" by Robert Harlow

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