Run With The Horsemen by Ferrol Sams, is the first of the Trilogy
chronicling the life of a boy from rural Georgia in an amusing and
The cover designs were inspired by the minimalist trends of the time in
which the stories are set (1930s and 1940s), and represent, with
overlapping shapes, the struggles and inner conflicts faced by the hero.
"In the beginning was the land. Shortly thereafter was the father."
These are opening sentences of the book, showing how grand was the role of
the father to young Porter Osborne. To the young and mischievous boy the
father seems greater than life, but he slowly and reluctantly has to accept
the father's imperfections, exemplified by his drinking problem.
The second book begins with a description of the church building in the
fictional Brewton County."It was a one room building, but should
anyone think it crude or spartan, let it be quickly known that this
was the House of the Living God."
As Porter gets older and goes to college, his relations with religion
begin to take a new form, one that is less blindly accepting, and more
open. His prankfulness, represented by the loud dinner bell he decides to
ring in the middle of the night, remains strong.
As Ferrol Sams puts it: "If you lose your sense of awe, or if you lose your
sense of the ridiculous, you've fallen into a terrible pit. The only thing
that's worse is never to have had either."
Now in Medical School, Porter's life is invaded by World War II.
Torn between fulfilling his dream and the need to serve his country,
Porter, despite his parents' and teachers' advice, decides
to fail school so he could be sent to the battle field.
After long bureaucratic delays, he finally makes it to Europe, where he
serves in the medical corps and still continues with his pranks whenever