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Totch: A Life in the Everglades Paperback – September 20, 1993
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- Susan Hamburger, Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am making a special trip to Florida in January of 2008 just to visit this place with my two young boys!
It's considered a memoir, but spares us the personal details of an author's favorite crystal doorknob (Mia Farrow) and other indulgences by self-involved people like Tanya Tucker or Cybill Shepperd. It was really hard to like any of those three after reading their books.
Totch, however, instantly inspired respect and admiration. Like most of the old crackers, he doesn't whine or over-explain, he just tells it like it was. I'm from the region he writes about, and it brought back a lot of memories. Yes, there were illegal activities mentioned in the book. In south Florida? Really?
A reviewer wrote a stinging diatribe about Totch's gator hunting, claiming it was done for meanness or sport. Hunting gators for fun? It's not like playing golf, sport. It's dirty and dangerous work, especially back then. I had friends who caught wild hogs fifty years ago in palmetto scrubs, and believe me, it was nothing like today's reality show where the star wears eighty pounds of Mary Kay make-up and designer jeans.
I would place this book with Patrick Smith's "A Land Remembered" for plain-spoken writing about a resourceful family living in a world now swallowed up by condos and development. At least someone documented what it was like for future generations.
I totally related and understood most of his situations with nature, mosquitoes, and the weather. Yes, he did some illegal things but you would have to have been raised in the area or at least know the area and the people to really understand.
Highly recommend for anyone who has explored the area and for those interested in the history and how life was in the area.
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Great book about life in the everglades. If you like Florida history this is required reading.Published 23 days ago by flashBgordon
Interesting story, keeps you wanting to continue reading. Will be giving this book as gifts in the future.Published 1 month ago by Denise LeBlanc
FANTASTIC real Florida narrative and highly recommended to anyone, especially native-born Floridians.Published 4 months ago by Linda B
The entertaining life story of a south Florida legend. As a third generation Floridian, it kind of made me wish I was here in the times of my Grandfather! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fuzzy Bruce
Good early Florida history for those who enjoy Flamingo, everglades-city, and back county fishing. You will recognize many of the rivers and places. Done from a Pioneers eyes.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very informative tale of life before my time. I really enjoyed it, so I passed it along for my father to read...Published 10 months ago by MBusch
My husband has brought many of these books to pass out for gifts he enjoyed it immenselyPublished 10 months ago by sharon burg