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Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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“The naked truth is much better than the best-dressed lie.”
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Mr. Robertson's book was a real treat and reminded me of the late nights I spent growing up listening to my uncles (who were raised in similar circumstances) swapping stories. The stories of his childhood and adolescence were funny and endearing. The interjections of interesting facts and bad jokes woven into the stories only added the the entertainment factor. I particularly loved his stories about Vietnam. Despite the fact that it was obviously a difficult time in his life, Mr. Robertson's positive and cheerfully silly narrative was refreshing and inspiring. He doesn't pretend the war was sunshine and rainbows but he shares the interesting things that he experienced and is honest about his flaws without being depressingly down. My favorite part of the book, though, was when he wrote about his wife and his children and his faith. The warmth and tenderness of his love for his family is heartwarming. Far from the lazy, selfish, crazy Uncle Si character, Mr. Robertson thoroughly proves himself to be a hard-working, intelligent, and all-round grade A guy. His book is absolutely enjoyable from cover to cover and I'm a happier person for having read it.
So I learned that Uncle Si is a funny guy who tells good stories, which, apparently, why he is so popular on the show. Would his life story merit publication, were it not for a reality show about a family business which makes duck calls? Not likely. He tells some entertaining tales from his childhood and his time in Vietnam, and he has plenty of pithy sayings and throw away lines. I enjoyed his good-old-boy tone, and was amused by his take on the truthfulness of the tall-sounding tales he tells: "At my age, a few of the details are cloudy, but I'll recollect the coming stories as best I can. Hey, just remember it isn't a lie if you think it's true!"
Duck Dynasty fans will want to read Uncle Si's wit and wisdom in Si-Cology 1. But general readers will want to take this book for what it is: a celebrity book published to capitalize on a TV show's incredible success. I will say this: if I ever find myself, for whatever reason, stuck in a duck blind, it would be much more enjoyable with Uncle Si along.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
As an honorably discharged veteran myself... I find it kind of funny... that the dizzily undisciplined Si wound up becoming a military "lifer"... it almost seems like an oxymoron. And as Si himself would say: "That's a fact Jack!"
For about eight years of my life... Louisiana was almost a second home to my son and I... and to this day the greatest fishing adventures we ever had were in Louisiana... and there is no second place. And whenever I talk to anyone about those days... I always start off by saying: "There's a reason it says **SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE** on their license plates!
And with that in mind... along with stories of Si's human family... the rest of the book is filled with stories about... fish... squirrels... rabbits... blackbirds... chickens... foxes... dogs... pigeons... bullfrogs... snakes... deer... alligators... wolves... coyotes... wild pigs... bumblebees... skunks...
In fact... I don't know what Si hated or feared more... school.... (To quote Si: "some of the most educated idiots I've ever met have a master's degree or PhD. They couldn't pour urine out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel!") ... or snakes!
Though this a "wildly" enjoyable read... the closing pages of the book are letters of love from his wife... daughter... and son.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Uncle si is crazy so automatically expect funny reading. Great bookPublished 10 hours ago by Nikki Walton
Ok, so if you enjoy Duck Dynasty and enjoy Uncle Si, you will enjoy this book. It starts with Si as a kid and moves through out his life. Read morePublished 3 days ago by MBaran
I bought this for my son who is doing a project on Si for school. He says 5 stars. It's funny he says and it talks about Vietnam. So it's a win.Published 1 month ago by grizgal