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Sister of The Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha - as told to Dr. Ben Reitman (NABAT) Paperback – May 1, 2002
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know how it felt to be a hobo, a radical, a prostitute, a thief, a reformer,
a social worker and a revolutionist. Now, I knew."
With an ending like the above, you've gotta bet that the prior 200 pages are
a fun read.
This book is more-or-less the contemporary of that classic 1930's anti-drug
movie "Refer Madness". We encounter dope fiends, perverts, dreamers,
anarchists, abortionists and many others.
I do, so much, love reading about degenerate behavior!
Somewhere in the folds is a statement that Capitalism is evil. "Sure
society has a right to defind itself. Society has the right to send me to
jail if they get the goods on me. But I've got to eat and sleep and my
child has to have his. I don't justify myself. I know I'm wrong. I know my
example is bad. But I'm so short on funds, I have to".
So, I'm reading along. 100 pages. 200 pages. Thinking to myself, hmmm
.... this woman sure had a lot of adventures in her life.
Then ... incredible, annoying, foulness! An afterward is appended to the
text by the publisher.
"In this, the 4th time that Boxcar Bertha has been reissued, we feel obliged
for the first time to make it plain that this is in fact a work of fiction.
This takes nothing away from the book as far as we are concerned."
BALONEY! What the...?!?! I could understand if they'd let the title
stand (after all, we know that the "Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman" is a
novel) but why did they have to leave the binding classification as
I feel so violated. I wouldn't have invested the time if I'd know from the
start that it was fiction. This story is only good if it's true ...
there're a dozen places where I'd have thrown the book down because of
unbelievable-ness if I'd known it were fiction.
I keep trying to push through Boxcar Bertha because I feel like it will lend some sort of relevant insight into marginal life in the Depression, but I don't think I can do it.
Not to mention the dubious nature of the male author attempting to portray the voice of a radical woman. What's next, privileged whites writing in the voices of radical blacks? Will that pass as meaningful, authentic work with the publishers of the radical left as well? I hope not.
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The hobo's culture is a very interesting topic. I think is the background of movements like hippies and other countercultural movements in USA.Published 22 months ago by Maria Elena Girard Cuesy
this book is great! not only is it entertaining, it gives a glimpse into the life of an awesome woman!Published on January 20, 2013 by tasharae
This book is purported to be an autobiography, but is instead a fiction novel of radical propoganda written, not by a woman on the fringe of society, but a man writing from a... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by David Carey
While some may have problems with Bertha's politics and promiscuity, she lives and learns and loves life honestly any way she finds it, and the author must have been in love.Published on August 1, 2011 by Billy Lee Harman
This book was what I expected it to be, and it arrived promptly in time to be used as a birthday gift.Published on September 25, 2010 by sue
So let's see...a fake autobiography about a woman hobo concerned with women hobo issues...written by a man. Poorly written at that. Also... Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by A. Permann
While it is true that the book is fiction, it was written by Ben Reitman, and if anyone knows about his life, this could be considered the autobiography that he never wrote. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Hampton