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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 3, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679736956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679736950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stuart R. Donald on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
If Langston Huges is the poet laureate of Jazz, then Albert Murray is its scribe. Murray's indelible style continues in this wonderful trip down South. Murray grew up in Mobile, Alabama, after high school he went to Tuskegee Institute then on to the military where he was the first black to become an officer in US Air Force history. After retiring from the Air Force Murray settled in New York City where he lives today. A number of years ago Murray's publisher suggested that he go home and write about the differences in Mobile before WWII and Mobile now. Murray takes the reader along with him on his trip through his own personal history with remarkable rhythm. There are any number of notable sequences including the first paragraph which is destined to join the ranks of "Call me Ishmael" and "It was the best of times it was the worst of times..." Another striking point in the novel is when Murray checks into a celebrated hotel in his hometown and his bags are carried by a young white boy who calls him sir and mister. It is contrast against Murray's memories of this same hotel that he was not allowed to enter when he was a boy because he was black. The book also includes plenty of the rhythmic writing that has made Murray one of America's most cherished authors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cinemaphile on February 14, 2013
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Albert Murray jolted my mind again and again in this book with his keen and incisive dismissal of the rife sentimentality and blind spots of most Southern authors, though credit is due to Flannery O'Connor for her unflinching stories. This is the freshest and smartest take on Southern culture that I have ever read or heard, and Murray's jazz-inspired style is as original and delightful as Faulkner's stream-of-consciousness challenge. This book is a joy to read.
I know more about my own Southern cultural roots and life experience now that I have read Murray's perspective in South to a Very Old Place. This book would be well-advised reading in any Southern Literature course, and essential to the libraries of all who are interested in broader knowledge of the Southern experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart R. Donald on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If Langston Huges is the poet laureate of Jazz, then Albert Murray is its scribe. Murray's indelible style continues in this wonderful trip down South. Murray grew up in Mobile, Alabama, after high school he went to Tuskegee Institute then on to the military where he was the first black to become an officer in US Air Force history. After retiring from the Air Force Murray settled in New York City where he lives today. A number of years ago Murray's publisher suggested that he go home and write about the differences in Mobile before WWII and Mobile now. Murray takes the reader along with him on his trip through his own personal history with remarkable rhythm. There are any number of notable sequences including the first paragraph which destined to join the ranks of "Call me Ishmael" and "It was the best of times it was the worst of times..." Another striking point in the novel is when Murray checks into a celebrated hotel in his hometown and his bags are carried by a young white boy who calls him sir and mister. It is contrast against Murray's memories of this same hotel that he was not allowed to enter when he was a boy because he was black. The book also includes plenty of the rhythmic writing that has made Murray one of America's most cherished authors.
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By darla bretz on November 21, 2013
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Too, too many run-on sentences, hard to follow his point. You have to know lots about the history and politics and names of days gone by to know who and what he is talking about. I tried and tried but just couldn't get with this book. Rats.
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