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This is one of my all time favorite books and I reread it every few years Michael Strelow s debut novel hits it out of the ballpark in many ways His characters are quirky and memorable, and his scenarios while seeming unlikely at first become easily believable because of his gift of descriptive prose I can visualize the scene and it s like watching one of those half waking, off the wall dreams that I have when I take an afternoon nap It doesn t all make sense, at first, yet it still se This is one of my all time favorite books and I reread it every few years Michael Strelow s debut novel hits it out of the ballpark in many ways His characters are quirky and memorable, and his scenarios while seeming unlikely at first become easily believable because of his gift of descriptive prose I can visualize the scene and it s like watching one of those half waking, off the wall dreams that I have when I take an afternoon nap It doesn t all make sense, at first, yet it still seems very real Ben and Andrew s trip down a river to conduct espionage on the chemical company they are sure is dumping toxins, for instance what makes it so quirky and fun is how Ben built the raft they used Another great quirky adventure story that is also local to Oregon is the book The Greening of Ben Brown by Michael Strelow After an industrial accident as a utility lineman Ben Brown turns green from the tips of his toes to the crown of his head He now finds himself living in a small cabin out in East Leven, Oregon In the small town the Green Man is infamous, whispered about in hushed tones that quietly dissappate Ben soon befriends Andrew a young man from East Leven who bridges the divide a Another great quirky adventure story that is also local to Oregon is the book The Greening of Ben Brown by Michael Strelow After an industrial accident as a utility lineman Ben Brown turns green from the tips of his toes to the crown of his head He now finds himself living in a small cabin out in East Leven, Oregon In the small town the Green Man is infamous, whispered about in hushed tones that quietly dissappate Ben soon befriends Andrew a young man from East Leven who bridges the divide and they soon embark on a quest to expose the dark secrets of East Leven that will have the town stewing over a lotthan the decision of planting non native trees Also posted to www.shelftalk.spl.org A thoughtful book about a protagonist s experience in my home town Also the most boring novel I ve encountered in a while Sorry, Mr Strelow I might be willing to give this one another shot, being that I wasn t in the best mood while trying to slog through it, but I just couldn t get into this one. ( Download Pdf ) ⚔ The Greening of Ben Brown: A Novel ⚇ Michael Strelow weaves the story of a town and its mysteries in his debut novel, The Greening of Ben Brown, an Oregon Book Award Finalist for fictionBen Brown, the protagonist, becomes a citizen of East Leven, Oregon, after he recovers from an electrocution that has not left him dead but has turned him green He befriendsyear old Andrew James and together they unearth a chemical spill cover up that forces the town to confront its demons and its citizens to choose sides Strelow s lyrical prose and his talent for storytelling come together in this poetic and important first work that looks at how a town and the natural environment are inextricably linked The Greening of Ben Brown will find itself in good company on the shelves between Winesburg, Ohio and To Kill a Mockingbird and readers of both will have a new story to cherish The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education The Greening of Ben Brown Revenge of the Wannabes an Oregon Book Award Finalist for fictionBen Brown The Jewish Comix Anthology the protagonist Digital Yesterdays becomes a citizen of East Leven Slither Oregon Building A Practical Backyard Cob Hut: Building a Simple Dwelling with Cob. Fully Photographed With Techniques Explained. after he recovers from an electrocution that has not left him dead but has turned him green He befriendsyear old Andrew James and together they unearth a chemical spill cover up that forces the town to confront its demons and its citizens to choose sides Strelow s lyrical prose and his talent for storytelling come together in this poetic and important first work that looks at how a town and the natural environment are inextricably linked The Greening of Ben Brown will find itself in good company on the shelves between Winesburg Hochzeit mit Hindernissen Ohio and To Kill a Mockingbird and readers of both will have a new story to cherish