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...moreThis 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 series about "The Crazy O'Malleys"; so much so that immediately after finishing it, I checked out and began reading the continuation novel "Younger Than Springtime." This was a very entertaining novel. Greeley develops his characters so well that you really feel as if you know them. I highly recommend it, especially for Greeley fans.
The third book in the most enjoyable series about the Crazy O'Malley's, starring the pint-sized West Side Chicago Irish redhead Charles Cronin 'Chucky...moreThe third book in the most enjoyable series about the Crazy O'Malley's, starring the pint-sized West Side Chicago Irish redhead Charles Cronin 'Chucky Ducky" O'Malley. The Christmas Wedding is, of course, that of Charles C. O'Malley and Rosemarie Helen "Clancy Lowered the Boom" Clancy. It takes them, through all their ups and downs, trials and tribulations from the early 1950's to the Camelot Years of the Kennedy Administration.
I have most thoroughly enjoyed every one of the novels I've read by Father Andrew M. Greeley, but the series on the Crazy O'Malleys and the Nuala McGrail series "Irish Gold, Irish Whiskey, Irish Mist, Irish Lace, etc." are my favorites. Greeley's books would not appeal to everyone. For those of you who give them a try, I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised. I do recommend them.
The adventures and misadventures of the Crazy O’Malleys continue in this second part of the six-part series, most prominently featuring their son Char...moreThe adventures and misadventures of the Crazy O’Malleys continue in this second part of the six-part series, most prominently featuring their son Charles Cronin “Chucky Ducky” O’Malley, who recently returned from his two years of post-World War II active duty as a part of the US Army of Occupation in the Constabulary Regiment in Bamberg, Germany. Chucky turns his attention to continuing his education at Notre Dame University and soon runs into unexpected trouble there. Before he realizes it, he has been dis-enrolled at Notre Dame and become a student at The University of Chicago, joining his “adoptive” (informally) sister Rosemarie Helen Clancy. All Chucky wants to be is a simple accountant, but Rosemarie, with whom Chucky finds himself falling in love, has different plans for him, i.e., as a supremely talented professional photographer. Chucky protests that he is merely a plain old "picture taker." Naturally, Rosemarie prevails.
This second volume is both humorous and heart-warming. Father Greeley is a wonderful storyteller who brings his characters alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and very much recommend it to others.
Our hero Charles Cronin "Chucky Ducky" O'Malley is either the only "sane" one of the Crazy O'Malleys or the craziest of them all as he once again star...moreOur hero Charles Cronin "Chucky Ducky" O'Malley is either the only "sane" one of the Crazy O'Malleys or the craziest of them all as he once again stars in this 4th of the 6-part series. His growing reputation and increasing influence with very powerful people earned him an appointment as the US Ambassador to Germany by President Kennedy shortly before the assassination. Against his better judgment, he initially remains there under President Johnson until he decides to resign in protest over Johnson's Vietnam War policy. Chucky's acclaim as a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer finds him in the midst of many hot spots, from his trip to Vietnam to many on the turbulent happenings of the 1960, such as the march at Selma, AL, the 1968 Democratic Presidential Convention in Chicago, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy. There is also turbulence within the family as Chucky & Rosemarie's oldest April Rosemary goes off to Harvard, becomes disillusioned with the world as it is, disowns her family, and heads out to "finds out whom she is" with the first stop being the Woodstock, NY Music Festival.
This was a wonderful continuation of e Crazy O'Malleys Family saga. Greeley weaves in many of the historic highlights of very turbulent 1960's. I enjoyed it a lot.(less)
I have been a very long-time fan of all of Father Andrew M. Greeley’s books. This is particularly true of his Nuala Anne McGrail series and most espec...moreI have been a very long-time fan of all of Father Andrew M. Greeley’s books. This is particularly true of his Nuala Anne McGrail series and most especially true of his books about the Crazy O’Malleys. Second Spring is the 5th in the 6-part series about Charles Cronin “Chucky-Ducky” O’Malley and his loveable family. This volume covers the period 1978-80 and finds Chucky approaching his 50th birthday with extreme dread. As a result of this “debilitating mid-life crisis,” he thinks he is not only “over the hill” but that he has achieved nothing worthwhile during his lifetime so far. This is regardless of the fact that he did indeed have numerous very notable accomplishments, including serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany and having become an internationally known and respected photographer. Chucky is not doomed to “swim these murky waters” alone. His bride of almost 30 years Rosemarie Helen Clancy O’Malley is at his side every step of the way providing all the guidance and direction he should need if he would only listen to her.
Second Spring is a delightful tale which I enjoyed immensely.