- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Southeast Missouri State University (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890551139
- ISBN-13: 978-1890551131
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,377,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothing? Paperback – April 1, 2009
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This is a compilation of stories of life in middle America told from a boy's point of view. Gene has done a very good job of allowing the reader to view life in the 40s and 50s from an innocent unbiased viewpoint. Essentially, it's the story of his early years, but in telling the story the reader follows the challenges and changes that occured in Amercia. Gene views political and racial issues from a neutral perspective. His skill at causing the reader to wonder as he wanders is superb. This book is a good read and would make an excellent gift for anyone 50 or older.
Gene's memory and mine vary slightly on a few matters, but even if I am correct it takes nothing away from the reading. For example, the WWI Memorial Fountain and Louie Mitchell's filling station were to the southeast of the Scott County Court House, not to the southwest. Gene in fact lived to the southwest of the court house, as did I and John Brussman. Dick Harrison lived yet a block further west. Also, St. Mary's High School in Cape became integrated in 1949, several years before Gene's Cape Central High School. Cairo, Illinois, is more like 25 miles from Cape rather than 12. His recollection of the WWII years, Dick Harrison, and John Brussman are spot on, as is Camp Lewallen. One opinion variance, I did not and do not think of Benton as analogous to a third world country.
I enjoyed the book and it will stay with me.
just like revisiting my home town. Gene Munger learned a lot from living in Cape Girardeau, Mo. A great look at times in a gentler small
town in the 1940 era. I highly recommend this for a good read.