- File Size: 1593 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Publisher: JAI (February 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ILCA56I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Leaves from a Farm Boy's Diary Kindle Edition
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I assume the title is meant to alert the reader that this memoir is an informal one - not in chronological order, but stories told by an elderly man as he dips into memories of his childhood. Like all good writers, he tells his stories simply without trying to dramatize them or show off his literary skills. He lets the stories "tell themselves" and the results are very effective and readable.
I was particularly amused by his account of Prohibition, which these folks clearly regarded as a bad joke. Everyone including the Lutheran minister "brewed" and there were some genuine bootleggers who produced more potent liquids. In a class by himself was the town barber who went on periodic lemon extract toots, leaving anyone needing a shave or haircut temporarily out of luck.
Some of the sections are of more interest than others. I did a bit of skimming through the descriptions of how the farm equipment operated, although some readers might find this fascinating. However, there is some great stuff in here. Schodt writes about a way of life that has long since disappeared, but his themes (family, economic ups and downs, and the oddities of human nature) are universal and timeless. I saw my own family's history in this book and I suspect that many other readers will, too.
P.S. if you liked this, you might want to check out "HE CALLED HER HAT" Myron McDonald's wonderful memories of growing up in rural Michigan with his tiny, strong-minded grandmother and her handsome young second husband. It's set in the same time period and also deals with how Americans handled the "Noble Experiment" called Prohibition.
A first rate read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice read. We need more men and women to be just like him. Really enjoyed the book and my husband is going to read it tooPublished 10 months ago by Kristin
I plowed through to the end, but I was bored. Maybe I'm too old to appreciate it. I didn't think he was very observant. Read morePublished 16 months ago by patricia33