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Leaves from a Farm Boy's Diary Kindle Edition

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  • 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
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The author was born and raised on a grain farm in North Dakota, the son of Danish immigrants and the 7th of their eight children. He was the first born in the U.S. and the first to go to college. Trained as a teacher and then as a historian, he served in WWII, then went on to a long career in the State Department.

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.
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I enjoyed the book very much, but then much of what was written reflected my own childhood. There was some repetition but it didn't take away from the story.
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A very nice walk with an early 20th century farmboy. I'll want to read these with my kids. Stories of boyhood, well-told.
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There is something pure and simple about Eddie's writing that I really enjoyed. He made me actually live those times with him.
A first rate read.
Sam Ogle
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