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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
So Much Older Then: Coming of Age When the World is Coming Apart is a work of non-fiction in the memoir genre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Paul Kuehnert. The book tells the story of the author’s experiences of growing up in the Midwest during the Vietnam War. Traumatized early on by the sudden and violent death of a childhood friend, the author tells of the impact on his life of coming to terms with the loss and deciding to take direct non-cooperation action to protest against the war being fought. He impresses on the reader throughout the parallels between his direct action against war with the need for direct action in the modern world.
Author Paul Kuehnert delivers a powerful and insightful memoir of his life growing up during the Vietnam War. Kuehnert does a masterful job of balancing the darker and grittier parts of the memoir with an overall message of hope. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the author's attention to detail and their ability to create vivid imagery, although at times this made it more harrowing to read; the message hit all the harder for it. So Much Older Then tells a story of bravery, standing up for what you believe and the challenges and results that come with this. This memoir will send you on an emotional journey alongside Kuehnert, one that will leave you feeling respect for the actions he took to stand up for what he felt was right, and empathy for him as he lives through current times. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of memoirs, and those who are interested in emotive and thought-provoking stories.