Book: Second Age - A Recall of Things Gone By and a Bit of Now by Carl A. Fransoncategories: Book, Mississippi, Shantyboat, Far East, Lake Johanna, Wing Dam, River Ice, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Phillipines, Southern Cross, President Coolidge, Memoir
Carl A. Fransonabout this book: Second Age visits the author's life and adventures when he was a young man, in the early 1930's. He wrote about his life when he was in his late 80's, and he remembered, saw, tasted, felt these times just as he'd felt them over 70 years before.
The author enjoyed people and nature, and he recounts those days as though he were seeing them for the first time, with all the wonder and adventure that he experienced. You are right there with him, in good times, in sad times, in danger, in hard times – and there were enough of those, but overall the joy of life is abundant, and the book is charming, describing good and decent people and simpler times.
These particular memoirs are about his journey with a friend down the Mississippi on what they called a "floating house", that they built on an iced-over Lake Johanna, Minnesota, while in college, to save on rent. The early 1930's were hard times, during the Great Depression.
The next leg of his journeys took him to San Francisco and then while working on the President Coolidge, to the Far East. He was full of wonder and appreciation.
Original photos are interspersed here and there and bring a flavor of "how it really was".
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