The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer

The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth SummerThe book the beet fields is about a younger gary paulsen, when he was in high school and he talks about how his family was rough with him and how he ran away and had to hide from cops He jumped from job to job when where he would hitchhike all over the country just looking for work Then he gets a job harvesting beets where he learns what true hard work is, he works with Mexicans and can not keep up with them at all, they work harder and faster than him right in the beginning and his hands hurt all the time, But the mexicans accept him as one of their own and they feed him He talks about how much culture they had and how their food was amazing But that job ended and he had to get a new job so he went to the carnival and got a job as a carny where he meets this beutiful girl that is one of the carnivals dancers and they have a romantic relationship This book that Gary Paulsen wrote was great I could not put it down at all I hope everyone gets the chance to read this book. Good, butGreat read with a very abrupt ending I expectedand do not like being dropped like a hot potato Poor way to end a story. I ll say this upfront as a service to Gary Paulsen fans who don t know The Beet Fields Memories of a Sixteenth Summer is the same basic story as Tiltawhirl John, a novel by Paulsen published in 1977 Without mentioning Tiltawhirl John by name, Paulsen acknowledges in the Author s Note to The Beet Fields that portions of the narrative appeared decades earlier in afictionalized form, but years of honing his craft had given him finer tools to tell the story, and that s why he wrote The Beet Fields While the central timeline is similar, reflecting the autobiographical nature of the two novels, there sthan enough difference that readers can enjoy both The boy as in many of Gary Paulsen s works, the main character goes unnamed never had a nice home life, but with his father in the military and his mother getting so drunk that she starts making illicit advances on him, he runs away in search of his own future It s 1955 and the boy is sixteen, but he s ready to work hard for a living to escape his mess of a home If only he knew the path that would put him on Hoeing beets is brutal, boring work The boy is paid a pittance and gives most of it back to the farmer for room and board, but worse is that he s in this alone, as opposed to the Mexican beet hoers who operate as a team and have one another to lean on when the work gets too rough for any one of them to handle The boy longs for community like that, and only starts to come out ahead in his job when the Mexicans extend their hand in friendship They teach him tricks for efficient labor, and the money the boy earns piles up, though the daily grind still takes every bit of energy he has He spends the rest of beet season traveling from farm to farm with the Mexicans, until another offer gives him pause Beet season won t last forever, one farmer warns, and he could use a disciplined worker like the boy to help on his farm It s the presence of the farmer s teenage daughter, in truth, that convinces the boy to bid his Mexican friends farewell He fantasizes about getting close to Lynette, but there isn t time for flirtation on a farm at harvest season The boy adjusts to the new variety of backbreaking labor, and the money pours in This isn t a bad life, not like living with his parents, until a law officer gets wind that the farmer s boy might be a runaway, and hauls him in to find out Shortly thereafter the boy is a wanted fugitive, and life on the road begins From getting picked up as a hitchhiker by a Hungarian immigrant an aside that ends with jarring suddenness and violence , to helping a grieving old woman on a farm regain her sense of self, and then on to the carnies who offer the boy a lifestyle unlike anything he s known , the boy is on the sort of adventure a bestselling author would want to write about forty five years later The world is a rainbow of crazy, strong flavors and no one has a taste for them all, but the boy feels good about carny life, shilling for Bobby the Wild Man from Borneo , helping Taylor scam customers on the Tilt A Whirl, and luring hormonal men to ogle as Taylor s woman, Ruby, puts on a striptease Coming of age in literature happens in almost as many ways as there are novels, and the boy feels himself becoming a man in the garish glow and noise of the traveling carnival He s made a living in many ways, but the primal heat of being a carny is his favorite What a life The Beet Fields feels raw and immediate, and its insight into the beauty of Mexican immigrant culture is an asset, but in my opinion the book pales beside Tiltawhirl John That earlier novel featured confrontations that wereintense, notably the boy s dispute with the beet farmer who holds him practically as a slave and viciously beats him when the boy fights back, and the knife fight at the end between T John and an old enemy, a clash built up to with deep, visceral foreboding Tiltawhirl John is a superb commentary on the way anxiety can affect us like a toxin we can t rid our system of, damaging us even as we try to move on from it Tasting the thunder is a thrilling lifestyle, but not everyone can handle life on the edge, and Tiltawhirl John is an enlightening exploration of that truth and others Maybe The Beet Fields is closer to Gary Paulsen s own true story, but it isn t as exciting or substantive as Tiltawhirl John, and I m not sure there s much of a point to it Curiously, the two books share the fact that their titles describe only half the story Tiltawhirl John indicates the carny half and nothing about hoeing beets, whereas The Beet Fields mentions the farming aspect with no hint of the carny stuff Overall, I loved Tiltawhirl John and consider The Beet Fields an average book, though worth reading Gary Paulsen always is You might not be sure what you were supposed to get out of this book after you finish, but it ll leave you thinking, and I say that s a fair trade for a few hours investment. My first Gary Paulsen, chosen for taking place in my current home of North Dakota A nice, quick read with artful and easy rhythmic language Felt like a book old white guys would be intensely nostalgic about Enjoyable though. GARY PAULSEN CATEGORYThe authenticity of Paulsen s story which he has admitted to be at least in part auto biographical makes it endearing and compensates somewhat for its simplistic nature The Beet Fields is a story about a 16 year old boy who has run away from home Unfortunately, the nobility of some of the characters and even the protagonist is mitigated somewhat by the novel s obsession with sex The take home message of the book seems to be that just when you think guys are deep, complex individuals, you find out you re wrong and they re really just the same predictable, one dimensional horndogs you always imagined them to be Most hero journeys follow the hero as he overcomes some great societal or personal obstacle and achieves a greater good In Paulsen s novel, that greater good is nothingthan bedding an attractive woman, and when the protagonist has done that, the book triumphantly concludes. This novel follows the story of the boy as he works during his first summer on his own He runs away from home when he is 16 and finds a job thinning beats He learns a lot from the migrant workers that he works with as they take care of eachother and he finds a family of sorts As a group they move from farm to farm until he finally leaves them for a tractor job After working on this farm for a while he is taken in by the local police for being a runaway After stealing all of his money the deputy leaves him alone to discover that the jail isn t locked The boy escapes the law and finds his way to an old run down farm where a lonely mother living in the past dwells When they go to the local carnival the boy stays and becomes a carny He soon adopts their hard carny ways until he meets Ruby the wife of his employer who dances for the local farmers The boy loses his virginity with Ruby and then the man lies about his age to enlist in the army I wouldn t recommend this book to very many people, maybe very mature teenagers. The Beet Fields The Beet Fields is a good book about a sixteen year old boy who is on his own, and spending his summer working hard laboring work and learning new things on his way The main character in this book is the young migrant worker, being cheated out of his pay, working many hours and trying to make enough to live off of Later on, the boy is introduced to the carnival and learns carny scams The boy came a long way in work coming from the beet fields where his pay in cancelled from the use of the owners hoe and the price of meals My favorite character is the Boy because he is a very hard working man and is just doing what he can to survive I can relate to the boy in many ways I come from a family of hard working farmers and spent most of my childhood working on and around the farm As long as i can remember, i was milking cows, driving tractors, and helping on the farm without pay For most of the time i wasn t really worried about pay because i was young and did not have any bills to pay but as time went on, i wanted to be able to buy my own stuff, make a little money but it was nearly impossible considering it was a family farm I have worked hours on end in extreme heat just like the boy in the beet fields I really enjoyed this book by Gary Paulsen I liked how i could relate to the boy and know how he feels My favorite part was the part when he joins the carnival and is introduced to the carnival stripper The author did a very good job relating this book to its time period and conditions There was very good descriptions of the characters, and was full of fun I dont think he could have done a better job I would recommend this book to anyone The book pulls you in fast and keeps you interested It was an amazing book and i encourage you to read it The Beet Fields by Gary Paulsen, is about a boy who runs away from home and tries to make a life by himself The boys reason for running away from home is that his parents are alcoholics and when they re drunk they kick, hit and hurt him The boy can t stand being afraid of his own parents any so he decides to run He runs a couple miles out of town to a Beet Field He lands a job on that Beet Field hoeing the beets along with twenty mexican workers, some men and some women He works for months hoeing beets with the mexicans going from beet field to beet field Eventually a police officer finds the boy and takes him into headquarters The police officers robs the boy of his well earned and hard worked money Once the officer leaves the boy runs again and hitch hikes from North Dakota to Oregon He lands a new job as a carni Carnival employee He travels the nation with the carnival and knows nothing except for the carni life.I thought this book was very realistic I also related to the book in someway The boy worked very hard for his money and gets nothing given to him This book goes in my top 3 best books i ve ever read.I can easily visualise what s happening in the book and i didnt wanna stop to take a break at anypoint The story that this book told was very true and i loved it If i could change anything it would be where the boy ended up after the carnival and weather or not the boy ever met his parents again.I d recommend this book to people who like an easy read and like a good true realistic non fiction book If you ve liked other books of Gary Paulsen you ll definitely want to read this book as well. The end is totally inappropriate It wrecked the book for me For AYear Old Boy Out In The World Alone For The First Time, Every Day S An Education In The Hard Work And Boredom Of Migrant Labor Every Day Teaches Him Something About Friendship, Or Hunger, Or Profanity, Or Lust Always Lust He Learns How A Poker Game, Or Hitching A Ride, Can Turn Deadly He Discovers The Secret Sadness And Generosity To Be Found On A Lonely Farm In The Middle Of Nowhere Then He Joins Up With A Carnival And Becomes A Grunt, Running A Ride And Shilling For The Geek Show He S Living The Hard Carny Life And Beginning To See The World Through Carny Eyes He S Tough Cynical By The End Of The Summer He S Pretty Sure He Knows It All Until He Meets Ruby From The Hardcover Edition

Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age After a librarian gave him a book to read along with his own library card he was hooked He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve

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  • 160 pages
  • The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer
  • Gary Paulsen
  • English
  • 06 December 2018
  • 9780375873058

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