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Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales Paperback – November 1, 1976
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Green is director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute.
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All regionalisms aside, I truly did enjoy this book. It starts a bit slow, but once the old-fashioned nature is understood and appreciated, the country boy jokes about bodily functions and not-so-veiled references to intercourse keep the laughs coming. Replete with colloquialisms such as "twitchet" for female sexual anatomy and "tallywhacker" for the male organ, the stories should elicit a sense of nostalgia from anyone who's heard a good campfire joke told by someone from The Great Generation.
Most of the time the stories revolve around a preacher, a traveling salesman, clever country folks tricking dumb city folks, or the ubiquitous farmer with a young naïve daughter about to be deflowered. The language used throughout is interesting to say the least, with improper verb conjugation and pronoun usage sentences like, "That's just what Bobby Ray done, too!" are not uncommon.
My favorite part of each story was the ending. Each ending is supposed to confirm the veracity of the story, but only adds doubt. It's like hearing someone end every story with, "For real!" They come across like a story from your Grandpa, creating a positive, enjoyable vibe that amplifies the innocence past. Without what would be considered vulgarity by today's standards, "Pissing in the Snow" proves there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to humor. There may be times when readers from the big city will dismiss this as boring or unintelligent, but I reckon if you-uns read this here collection of stories you'll think differently, because Amazon readers is smarter than that, anyhow.
This is a compilation of the stories they couldn't print. I have always loved short stories, and these are as short as you can get.
Very nice to purchase books at such great prices.
Unfortunately a neighbor saw me right after I took it out of the mailbox. He thought I picked it up from a stack of books in the lounge. He looked at it, put it in his pocket and left.
The author spent 40 years collecting the folklore of the Ozark mountains (near where my husband grew up in Missouri, which explains their original appeal). While Randolph was generally regarded as a "distinguished collector of folk tales," he had a set of "bawdy" stories that universities would frown upon in the five books published in the 50s.
...And thus this book. Because by "folklore," I mean, "101 dirty jokes that you could no longer getting away with telling in public." As the prologue explains, "Obscenity in folklore was, in fact, an issue that most early folklorists avoided. Many either refused to collect such materials (when informants offered them in the course of singing ALL the ballads in their repertoire) or refused to deal with them once they had been collected." But Randolph felt that "obscene elements occupy a prominent place in American folklore, and should be accorded proportional representation in the literature."
You can take the book for the scholarly collection it is (really it IS), or enjoy it as a set of jokes you most certainly cannot tell at work.
Need a sample? Of course you do. The folktale of the title:
One time, there was two farmers that lived out on the road to Carico. They was always good friends, and Bill's oldest boy had been a-sparking one of Sam's daughters. Everything was going fine till the morning they met down by the creek, and Sam was pretty god-dam mad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm disappointed in this book. It was a waste of money. I threw it in the garbage. I thought the book would contain "folktales". Read morePublished 6 months ago by BKaye
Very disappointed. Was looking for a collection of humorous tales of Ozark fiction that I could possibly use as openers in presentations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Schinkus
This is a book of dirty stories. Some of us can remember when this sort of thing attracted attention. Probably few things are more boring now. Read morePublished 12 months ago by bukhtan
If you like dirty jokes from the hills, you need this book. Not for the faint of heart.Published 13 months ago by Thomas Jefferson
Randolph is a scholar of smut. I thought this book would have some folk wisdom or historical accounts. I was wrong. All of his books are full of 'dirty old men' talk. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy A. Warren
purchasedv this book as my old book has seen better daysPublished 22 months ago by Cassandra Collins
I was going to use the word unusual. Colloquial is better and truthful. This material is part of Vance Randolph's collection of Americana specifically from the Ozarks. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by william newmoon