Red Sky at Morning: A Novel

Red Sky at Morning: A Novel

by Richard Bradford

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Red Sky at Morning is a minor marvel: it is a novel of paradox, of identity, of an overwhelming YES to life that embraces with wonder what we are pleased to call the human condition. In short, a work of art.” — Harper Lee

“A sort of Catcher in the Rye out West." --Washington Post Book World

The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.

In the summer of 1944, Frank Arnold, a wealthy shipbuilder in Mobile, Alabama, receives his volunteer commission in the U.S. Navy and moves his wife, Ann, and seventeen-year-old son, Josh, to the family’s summer home in the village of Corazon Sagrado, high in the New Mexico mountains.  A true daughter of the Confederacy, Mrs. Arnold finds it impossible to cope with the quality of life in the largely Hispanic village  and, in the company of Jimbob Buel—an insufferable, South-proud, professional houseguest— takes to bridge and sherry.  Josh, on the other hand, becomes an integral member of the Sagrado community, forging friendships with his new classmates, with the town’s disreputable resident artist, and with Amadeo and Excilda Montoya, the couple hired by his father to care for their house. 

Josh narrates the story of his fateful year in Sagrado and, with deadpan, irreverent humor, reveals the events and people who influence his progress to maturity. Unhindered by his mother's disdain for these "tacky, dusty little Westerners," Josh comes into his own and into a young man's finely formed understanding of duty, responsibility, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062345493
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 24,297
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
File size: 523 KB

About the Author

Richard Bradford was an American novelist, best known for his 1968 novel Red Sky at Morning, a film version of which was released in 1971. He also wrote a second novel, So Far From Heaven. He died in 2002, in Santa Fe, NM.

Customer Reviews

Red Sky at Morning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since I first read it back in the 70's. I have to pull it off the shelf and re-read it every few years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a quiet little wonderful book. Mr. Bradford possessed a wicked humor that personified the coming-of-age writers, post WWII. This is a 'character' book and Bradford understood the feelings of the newly liberated from the traditional generations of the 20's and 30's. The relationship between Josh and his father is understated and very fine. (Dad had an unusual gifted way of breaking the sound barrier between parent and child.) This will be one of those few once-a-year reads for this writer, like 'Lonesome Dove' and 'The Power of One'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could I not love Red Sky Morning? My love of fishing goes back to my childhood. The fact that my experiences are in farm ponds did not stop me from enjoying Andrew Rafkin¿s adventures. He was seventeen-years-old when he took the summer job of working on his father¿s commercial fishing boat. I will never look at ¿StarKist¿ again without thinking of Rafkin¿s experience. He tells of facing a storm at sea. Commercial fishing is extremely dangerous. ¿You could lose your boat by staying out too long, ignoring weather reports, or catching more than the capacity of his boat. A captain may violate all three of these risks, which could result in a disaster.¿ Red Sky Morning is a fascinating peek inside the life of a commercial angler. Andrew Rafkin has a talent for narrating a story and bringing it to life. Unfortunately, this book still needs some editing. Rafkin is the author of Creating Madness, a fictional account of a terrorist attack along the U.S. coast. This gripping tale is a must read for sportsmen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It's one of those books, like Catcher on the Rye, that will always be with me. I love the characters and the way the author wrote it. He doesn't drag on. It's a really fast read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many readers who left reviews, I too read Red Sky at Morning every few years. It's funny, smart, poignant, and real. Whether you are 15 or 65, it's a beautifully written story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, this is much better than Catcher in the Rye! This books is clever and genuinely funny - one of the funniest I've read since the second Harry Potter! A MUST read by every age group from 15 or 16 up to the older generation! Unfortunately, I can't find anything else by this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Red Sky at Morning when I was 14, and immediately bonded with the teen age narrator, fatherless in a strange new world. The wry humor, sarcastic wit and evocation of a vanished, war time New Mexico all combine for a wonderful read. I've reread it with great pleasure several times since (32 years and counting) and ordered a new copy for my 16 year old son. He read it and passed it along to his sister which I choose to interpret as an act of kindness, rather than the usual bantering siblings display. A fine book.
AMQS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine has been recommending this classic coming-of-age story to me for years. There is a lot going on in this book -- a Mobile, Alabama family uproots during WWII as the father enlists in the navy, and the mother and 17-year-old son are sent to their summer home in Corazon Sagrado, New Mexico. Josh, the son, fits right in once he adjusts to the altitude, and navigates his way through high school with an irreverent, deadpan sense of humor. His mother, a sheltered and delicate southern belle founders in middle-of-nowhere New Mexico, with little to do but drink her way through cases of sherry, suffer though bad bridge, and complain about the disorder of racial and class boundaries. Bradford draws some unforgettable characters, though I felt the kids were a little too self-possessed to be fully credible. Josh's father is a model of wit and decency, and his interactions with his son both in person and in letters made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed it.
speedy74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written in a witty and sarcastic tone, Red Sky at Morning is a novel about a young man who comes of age during his father's absence fighting on a ship during WW II. The author's writing style is unique and at times a bit unclear. Bradford communicates meaning as much by what he leaves unsaid as by what he says. While the book's focus isn't WW II, the plot revolves around the way that people handle challenges and the stress that results from these challenges. Overall, the novel includes interesting characters and settings. This is a good novel for the study of style.
tdfangirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm having some trouble coming up with a review of this book. See, I liked it quite a bit, but at the same time, I felt like there wasn't really a major plot thread to it. The book is basically a snapshot of a year in the life of Joshua Arnold, a seventeen year old from Mobile, Alabama, who moves to his family's summer home in New Mexico when his father leaves to fight in WWII. The narration and dialogue are incredibly witty and fun, and I've never seen a more unreliable narrator than Josh. I was really fascinated by that, knowing that I couldn't trust what he was reporting. The book deals with alcoholism, violence, and other dark subjects, but the sarcastic tone seemed to mellow down the darkness.I really enjoyed it, even if I did read it wondering when a major plot was going to pop up.
mysterymax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually own two different editions of this book. It is one of my all time favorites. It was the standard audio book for all our car vacations, and I deeply regret the fact that it does not appear to be available on cd. Funny, touching, it's everything a coming-of-age book should be.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, brief coming of age novel set in rural New Mexico during WWII. The hero is a 17 year old boy Mobile, AL transplant and his mother. Funny, sometimes zany with a fine sense of place and believable characters. Not quite a "Catcher In The Rye" out west, but close. Read it and you won't be disappointed.
dustuck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An authentic narrataive voice catches the spirit of 1940's in a story that transplants a teenager to an isolated hamlet in New Mexico with his despondent mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh too bad. Oh I love that story and it is still awesomesauce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kay im fine with that and great dtory btw! But dewkit just spoils everything. Hmph (lol no he doesnt he makes it BETTER LOLOLOOL)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Moonstone, I had planned for Risingkit to be Lightfeather's apprintence so your cat will be finishing up his med cat apprintenceship. Hope you are ok with that!) <p> Morningkit gasped, feeling a wind swirl through her pelt. She felt amazed until a gruff voice broke her thoughts. "Don't try to sneak out of camp kit!" Morningkit whipped around in shock. A spiky sandy furred tom looked at her. He had peircing green eyes, a notched ear, and a faint scar across his cheek, small. "Well?" He mewed impatiantly. <p> Morningkit couldn't move, but she could hear Windkit's whispering voice in her ear. "That's Nettlefur. He's respectable but can be grumpy. Don't mind him." Windkit spoke more loudly. "Yes Nettlefur." He, and the rest, darted away. <p> They arrived back at the nursery, giggling and smiling. Morningkit looked for Risingkit then realized she must be in the medicence den. "C'mon!" Windkit mewed. "Let's pay mossball before-" A whine filled the air. "They wake up." Windkit finished. "Who?" Morningkit asked. "Dewkit and Weedkit. They are spoiled rotten. They are no fun to play with. Hazeleyes and Breezepelt are their parents. They had a nice sister, Brightkit, but she died of greencough. Their parents started spoiling them after that." <p> "Mom! I don't want to get up!" Came a scream. "Stop it!" Snapped a voice. A gentle soothing one filled the air. "Get up Dewykins and you get extra prey." Morningkit wrinkled her nose in disgust. A white shecat with light green eyes followed by a tom with darker eyes, pranced out. Dewkit took on look at them, gave a hmph and started to laugh. "You must be the poor causes with the clown of a sister!" Morningkit didn't say anything, glad Risingkit was not with them at the moment. "We're playing mossball and-" Dewkit called out, "I go first!" That was how the day went. That night, Risingkit went on and on about Lightfeather and her apprintence. Morningkit smiled as she went to sleep. <p> Late at night, Morningkit heard pawsteps. He father crept into the den and picked up Risingkit. He darted out of the den. Morningkit was alarmed. Where was her father taking Risingkit? Sleep overtook her soon enough, and she drifted off. <p> (Hope you guys enjoyed!) <p> ~ Morning
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a humorous story but I must also remember that is surrounding events during World War II. The story has a much deeper level that involves race relations, social status, snobbery, and an underlying realization that end the end, color, location, ethnic background or other is not what truly defines a person; it's what's in our hearts and souls that truly says who we are.
AlexanderL More than 1 year ago
In the book &ldquo;Red sky at Morning&rdquo;, Mr. Frank Arnold has to go to the U.S. Navy because he volunteered. Mr. Arnold&rsquo;s wife Ann and his son Josh have to leave Mobile, Alabama and move to Corazon, Sagrado in New Mexico. Josh tries to fit in with the Hispanics in Sagrado and Ann isn&rsquo;t able to stabilize in Sagrado because she isn&rsquo;t use to the climate and she doesn&rsquo;t understand Spanish. On Josh&rsquo;s first day of school, he gets bullied by this boy who is called, &ldquo;Chango&rdquo; which means monkey in Spanish because he has huge arms. Amadeo and Excilda is a couple who have been hired by Mr. Arnold to take care of the house and to feed Josh and Ann while he is in the navy. In the book Josh meets new friends and is becoming a responsible man. Josh has to learn to take care of himself and of his mom because his mother gets drunk, so she can forget about her stress. When I first started to read this book I didn&rsquo;t really get the feel for it. I decided to give this book a shot and I continued to read it. As I began to read further and further, I started to enjoy it and I could not put this book down, I had to know what was going to happen next. This was my first time reading a book that his comical and I thought it was going to be a bad book experience but I was wrong. This book had teenage romance, funny things in the book, adventure, and teenage mischief. The plot in the book was good because of Josh&rsquo;s mother getting drunk on sherry. Josh is a teenage boy who moves to Sagrado and is trying to fit in and learn Spanish while he is there. On Josh&rsquo;s first day of school, he gets cursed by a boy name Chango because he thought Josh was looking at his sister. Chango is a bully throughout the book and he hangs out with kids who are tough. The suspenseful part was when Chango and his friends were chasing Josh because he had pushed Chango. While they were chasing Josh, they lost him and Chango&rsquo;s friend Tarzan asked him if he knew where Josh was at and Chango said no and Tarzan was mad that he decided to stab Chango in the stomach. Once Chango recovered from his injury, he has changed to a different person and has become nice to people and is a man of God. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend this book to boys because the book is told by a Josh&rsquo;s point of view, but girls could also read it too. If you&rsquo;re the type of person who likes a book that has comedy, adventure, romance, and more, I would recommend you to read this book. What are you waiting for, go to your nearest library and check out this astounding book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a go to book when you are feeling sad. The scene where they play chicken with the dead horse makes me laugh just thinking about it. I first read it in junior high and had to buy a new copy as an adult since I had worn out the binding on the original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard about this book a lot and how great it was supposed to be... but i was rather dissapointed. I thought it was boring and I don't think the story line was all that great. It had its moments i suppose but it just was that good a book for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was not worth reading I though that it should not even be compared with Catcher In The Rye the book explained things in adults words but only a teenager would understand the point of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is horrible. I would not recommend this book to anyone because there were a lot of GAY SEX scenes in it. Also I could not focus on this book. I think it sucked.