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Portofino by Frank Schaeffer
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Dec 19, 2008

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Recommended for: Someone who grew up as a fundmentalist Christian

Having been raised by strong fundamentalists, I had a hard time putting this book down. The language of the prayers, the choruses, the "winessing", the embarrassment of not feeling normal is probably universal among children who grew up in the same boat. I liked the subplot with Jennifer, a British girl whom he sees every year that the family takes their vacation in Italy. The flaws of the parents are so glaring. Yet, young Calvin, the protagonist, manages to have lots of beach friends. I would like to read more books in the trilogy. I read this after hearing Frank Schaeffer interviewed on NPR about Crazy for God. This fiction parallels his real life of growing up with an Evangelist with a volatile temper. My, how I admired his father, Francis Schaeffer growing up, and tried to read all of his books.

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