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A Midwinter's Tale (Family Saga #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the chaotic aftermath of WWII, pint-sized Charles "Chucky" Cronin O'Malley can't seem to keep himself out of harm's way. Whether it be with black marketeers, border patrols, or even his commanding officer, Chucky always seems to land in impossible scrapes, relying on a quick wit and blind luck (or is it Heavenly intervention?) to save his ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Forge Books (first published 1998)
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Jul 16, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
The first book in teh O'Malley series (as I think of it) is like an introduction to all the characters. It covers the first 20 years of 'Chucky' O'Malley's life and the comedy of errors that sets him up for life. There's lots of history involved as well as some just good general fiction.

As usual, the characters in Greeley's book are not without flaws but have a wonderful cast of family and friends around to support them. In this case, Charles does a lot of supporting of others himself. Relation
Jan 28, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
This is a wartime tale of a young Chicagoan boy who is sent to Germany in the immediate post war era. He has all the charm and wit that is sterotypically Chicago Irish and the tale follows his involvement with a german girl wanted by the Russians because her family were Nazis and his friendship with another German Frau who waits every day at the railway station in the hope that her husband will return from the Russian front. Add to this the black market that is thriving under american occupation ...more
This is the rollicking tale of Charles Cronin "Chuckie Duckie" O'Malley as he transitions from his high school adventures and misadventures to more of the same after he joins Army and contends with his assignments as a member U.S. Constabulary Corps in post-World War II Germany.

I first read this book about 14 years ago. When I saw the CD version, I thought I might enjoy it again. I had forgotten how VERY MUCH I like the novels of Andrew M. Greeley. I REALLY liked this first in the four-part ser
May 20, 2014 Suz rated it it was amazing
This was one of the few Andrew Greeley books I never read. As usual, his stories of growing up in Chicago, Irish families and Catholicism are intertwined with Greeley's sense of humor. I also enjoyed the story line of the main character's childhood during the Depression and his coming of age in Germany, post WWII.
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Feb 03, 2014 Jane B rated it liked it
Greeley always does a great job with his character development, but I felt as though this book could have used more work on a central plot. Enjoyed the WWII background....
Jan 15, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
I was fascinated that this was written by a Catholic priest. It is written from a young man's point of view (mostly about his time in the military), and describes the funny and awkward situations he encounters. It was fast-paced and I really enjoyed it. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it weren't for some of the language and several sex scenes. The plot was great.
Jul 24, 2010 Cliff rated it liked it
This book brought back many memories. Also the main character, Charles and myself had many things in common.
Red hair "Red"
Same age
Packard auto, Philco radio, WGN, South Shore train
Army overseas
Rank Sgt
Company Clerk
Study accounting
Released Fort sheridan

I enjoyed the book; however, the plot got a bit unbelievable.

Dec 16, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
I was able to identify with this book more than the average reader because I grew up Irish Catholic in Chicago. Although the times in the book were of an earlier period it was nice to read about the parishes that still exist in Chicago...and of course reading about the good April who reminds me of my mother and grandmother.
Pat Baratta
Dec 06, 2009 Pat Baratta rated it it was amazing
First book in The O'Malley family story. I love generation books and this series was excellent. You do not have to be Irish to enjoy it, but it helps.
Jan 03, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
Slow starting but just before half way through it grabbed hold of me and I couldn't put it down! This is a tremendously uplifting story!
Jun 20, 2013 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story Of Chucky Ducky .. and the O'Malley clan ...
Jan 30, 2010 Pbwritr marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dramatic-fiction
Tried to read during chemo; wasn't up to it.
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Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.

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