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The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw Paperback – May 15, 1990
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I was introduced to McManus’s work by my father, almost twenty years ago. Everyone in my family likes to read, and for a while my father put us to bed by reading to us from various books. I remember how we all groaned the first time he pulled out a Patrick McManus book. By the end of the first story we were hooked.
Don’t worry if you aren’t an outdoorsy type person. The humor in these books will appeal to anyone. In fact, several of the stories are written from the perspective of an old hand giving a newcomer to the outdoor life some sage advice – like Gunkholing, A Brief History of Boats and Marriage, How to Get Started in Bass Fishing, and At Loose Ends.
Quite a lot of the collection actually focuses on stories about young Patrick’s life on the farm, and his adventures with his dog Strange and his best friends Crazy Eddie and Retch Sweeney. This includes Kid Brothers and Their Practical Application, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, Scritch’s Creek, The Tin Horn, Cupidity, Draw Thy Bow, and Never Cry ‘Arp!’
The title story, featuring Crazy Eddie’s grandmother Goombaw, never fails to cheer me up. Even to this day, I laugh at loud at this story… actually, even re-reading this for the umpteenth time, I still laughed at loud several times.