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The Seven League Boots Paperback – February 4, 1997
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The title choice could also be a nod to Richard Halliburton's book published in 1935 detailing his swashbuckling adventures all over the globe. Back in Scooter's childhood, detailed in the first book, "Train Whistle Guitar," Scooter and his best friend Buddy Marshal explored the canebrakes, woods and rivers of Gasoline Point imagining themselves to be "explorers and discoverers and Indian scouts as well as sea pirates and cowboys and African spear fighters not to mention the two schemingest gamblers and back alley ramblers this side of Philmayork.Read more ›
It is difficult for a non-professional reviewer to do justice to the brilliance of Mr. Murray's acheivement in those few pages. Not only is the writing as near to perfection as human frailty can manage, but the themes are of such seriousness and profundity as to ennoble what is already brilliant prose.
Then one comes to part two, which I found to be cliche-ridden and trite in subject although still expressed in excellent and readable prose. In addition, I must register a strong disagreement with Mr. Murray, on no less important point than that of "Worthy Use of Spare Time", which he would appear to think is mainly, if not solely, an attribute or practice of wealthy, charming, beautiful people. He should have known better. His story is set in the early part of the 20thC, after WWI, and before WWII. In those decades, American culture and Americans had not yet been corrupted by the stupidities of mass culture, and the country was crawling with rockhounds, birdwatchers, fossil collectors, amateur naturalists and astronomers, avid gardeners, amateur historians and archivists, and I could go on. So, no, Worthy Use of Spare Time, was not and is not only to be found among the beautiful people.
As for the charge of racism, mentioned above, I saw no such thing. Certainly, there is none of that coy so and so who happens to be such and such, which regretably infects the work of far too many African-American women writers.
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A well written piece of fiction, further exploring Murray's racist version of the history of jazz.Published on September 28, 2003
This is a mythical, mystical journey that deserves to be read and re-read for all time. A brilliant piece of genius which will bring many smiles, almost every paragraph demands... Read morePublished on July 28, 2001