Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue Yonder Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers eh said First Sergeant Wilford H Buford That yer real name or one you picked up out there in fairyland Cally forny Wild Blue Yonder is the coming of age story of Nathaniel

  • Title: Wild Blue Yonder
  • Author: Jack B. Rochester
  • ISBN: 9781456588892
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, eh said First Sergeant Wilford H Buford That yer real name or one you picked up out there in fairyland Cally forny Wild Blue Yonder is the coming of age story of Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, a smart but sheltered boy from suburban Chicago whose beloved father suddenly dies, resulting in his flunking out of college It s the 1960s, so Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, eh said First Sergeant Wilford H Buford That yer real name or one you picked up out there in fairyland Cally forny Wild Blue Yonder is the coming of age story of Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, a smart but sheltered boy from suburban Chicago whose beloved father suddenly dies, resulting in his flunking out of college It s the 1960s, so he gets a draft notice but joins the Air Force to avoid going to Vietnam Nate s adventure takes off as he tries to understand the military mindset and the massive social disruption going on in America His journey takes a Kafka esque turn when he is sent to Germany to become a military newspaper correspondent whose stories will never see print Existential, psychedelic, fun filled and laced with the rock n roll of the times, Wild Blue Yonder is the story of Nate finding his personal and spiritual values as he discovers the love of a girl and the meaning of family and friendships.

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    1. Wild Blue Yonder by Jack B. Rochester describes the coming of age of Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, Nate to his friends, who joins the military in the mid-1960s after he drops out of university, loses his job, and his mother wants him out of the house. He joins the Air Force on the promise of a recruiter that he’ll fly jet aircraft, only to learn, too late, that he’ll be relegated to ground airman duty since he lacks a college degree. Subsequently a paperwork snafu in the military bureaucracy [...]

    2. Wild Blue Yonder is one of the most interesting, thought-provoking, extraordinarily well-written books I've read. A coming-of-age story set in the 1960's, Wild Blue Yonder offers what finding yourself really means set against the turmoil of a time, place, and culture so different and similar to today.I found this novel to be especially interesting because it exposed me to an entirely different America, one where love, rock n' roll, and pot were truly a part of the youth experience. It highlights [...]

    3. When Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers boards the bus to Air Force Basic Training, recalling the phrase "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here," we know we are in for one hell of a journey. Wild Blue Yonder does not disappoint. Nate and his band of misfit troops alternately grumble about the restrictions and frustrations of military life and celebrate their newfound friendship, forged by drugs, music and adventure. Nowhere is the latter more true than on their group excursion to Socrates Island off the c [...]

    4. Wild Blue Yonder takes your hand and guides you through a very special time period: the 1960s. There are beautiful moments in Nathaniel Flowers' journey in the military during the Vietnam War. It's not your typical war story of sorrow and violence , but one of self enlightenment, peace and hope. Through the fresh eyes of a young man, we as readers get to enjoy the vision of the 1960s movement in all its glory. Vietnam isn't the setting of this story, although the fear and symbolism it represents [...]

    5. Wild Blue Yonder reads like a memoir. It's not plotted or contrived in any way. It simply follows the life experiences of protagonist Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers (Nate) as he enlists in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. He avoids the war (a reason behind his enlisting in the Air Force to begin with, to bypass the Army and the draft)and instead gets stationed in Germany. What follows is an honest narrative about life in the military, the 1960s, the counter-culture generation, and, literal [...]

    6. Wild Blue Yonder reads like a memoir. It's not plotted or contrived in any way. It simply follows the life experiences of protagonist Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers (Nate) as he enlists in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. He avoids the war (a reason behind his enlisting in the Air Force to begin with, to bypass the Army and the draft)and instead gets stationed in Germany. What follows is an honest narrative about life in the military, the 1960s, the counter-culture generation, and, literal [...]

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