Book Blog Tour: Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn (Review)

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About Back to Bataan

Back to Bataan

New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight…

Everything changes when Coco, Jack’s “fiancee,” throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack’s world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.

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My Review

I’m from the Philippines so when I saw the title, it immediately grabbed my attention. Bataan is a province here in the Philippines and is very famous for all the war stories and its importance in our history. Ever hear of the Death March? Yeap, Bataan. Besides being curious what this novel is all about, I signed up for this tour to know what role Bataan plays in this. And so here we are now, a review from yours truly. Let’s do this!

Apparently, this book was first published in 1993 and just got a new look aka a new cover and was re-released I guess. Judging by the cover, I thought it was a YA novel or even a new adult one but boy was I wrong. Sure, it’s YA but Jack is an eleven year-old boy! I though he’d be at least sixteen or fifteen. So that was surprising. I sure do hope they change the cover to something more appropriate. But that’s a minor gripe aside since what I want is a good story and not a good cover.

This is Jack’s coming-of-age story and even with the limited number of pages, Jerome Charyn has packed such a rich story you can’t put down. It’s more like a historical fiction YA novel than any other. I was awed by Jerome’s descriptive skills because wow, if this book ain’t rich with descriptions, I don’t know what it is anymore. I really enjoyed reading this as it was very compelling though it took me some time to actually get into it. This novel tackles a lot of issues and values such as bravery, love and what’s right and wrong. I recommend this to kids and even grown ups and I am pretty sure it will make you think about everything during and after reading this. Thank you to Tribute Books for the chance to review this!

About Jerome Charyn

Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”

Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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