- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; Subsequent edition (September 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572330201
- ISBN-13: 978-1572330207
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From My Highest Hill: Carolina Mountain Folks Paperback – September 30, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, long story short (no pun intended), according to my grandmother, the stories are based upon real events and the lives of the folks that lived there. And, unless you lived up in the rural Appalachians during the early 20th Century, I don't think you can dispute her claim.
Now, the one thing that her and I will grant you is that Dargan's attempt to write in the local dialect was a really bad idea and DID offend a number of folks (believe it or not, most southerners don't think they have an accent!) So, while most of my family would say that she got the content and "spirit" of the stories correct in the book, the attempt at scribing the 'dialect' was a really bad idea.
Personally, I don't feel comfortable commenting on much since my time in the area where Dargan lived when she wrote the book (Almond, NC) was only 1974-1992 (my childhood.) However, based upon stories that *I* heard from my family members, my interactions with older people as a kid, and my extensive genealogy research, I think that the book is a lot more "real" than you realize.
Finally, I do want to be clear that the stories are, in essence, fiction. However, all characters and the stories themselves were based upon REAL people.Read more ›