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Southern Ladies & Gentlemen Paperback – July 15, 1993
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“The funniest book I've read in years.” ―Cosmopolitan
“She is witty, charming, infuriating, pretentious, naive, shrewd, saucy, innocent, and outrageous. Sometimes her mind works like an Ole Miss cheerleader who jis loves to twirl her li'l skirt; sometimes she is as analyticall cool as the most insightful ethnologist...Her prose sparkles like bubbles in champagne.” ―New Orleans States-Item
“Though the book is terribly funny--viciously, lovingly, outrageously funny--it is also a remarkable piece of popular anthropology...This book is to Southern manners and morals what Trollope's and Austen's novels were to English life in previous centuries.” ―Journal of American Folklore
“A polished sophisticated dissection. Only a Southerner could have written it.” ―Greenville [South Carolina] News
“This is the best book ever written abou the South...And on top of that it's delectably funny.” ―Chattanooga Times
Top Customer Reviews
When I moved to the South to attend graduate school, I dutifully read _The Mind of the South_, to ready myself. I was utterly unprepared nevertheless. I simply had never met people who talked about their ancestors, or didn't know the price of a movie ticket because: "Mah escort always buys the tickets!"
Then, a kind soul told me to read _Southern Ladies and Gentleman_. After reading it, nothing Southern surprised me. Thanks to Miss King, I knew about the tombstone twitch, i.e. geneaologists who desperately wanted to prove they had royal blood, self-rejuvenating virgins, why you never, ever cross
a Dowager, Rock or a Dear Old Thing--three varieties of southern old ladies, and the Pert Plague, that is the tendency of some southern women to shriek loudly and at length about the strangest things. This behavior will greatly puzzle anyone who is a stranger to the south. If you read _Southern Ladies and Gentlemen_, gentle reader, you will UNDERSTAND.
So, if you are about to spend substantial amounts of time south of the Mason-Dixon line, spare yourself much anxiety, and read this book. I predict that once you have read this title, you will immediately want to read everything Miss King has written.
It's a comical examination of the south, written with a stilleto rather than a pen. And yet, that stilleto is an elegant instrument. Florence King is a wonderful writer.
Miss King, I beg of you, write another book, please. Soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not an explanation of Southern life as I was expecting. Written too much like a scholastic book.Published 2 days ago by John C. Padgett
How am I only now discovering this wicked funny learned lady? Thru Rhonda Rich's column noting King's pSsing. Now I wAnt to read everything she wrotePublished 22 days ago by Caroline D. Banks
Either you like Florence King or you don't - I do, and she's a classic conservative in feminist's clothing. Love her.Published 1 month ago by Diana Clark
I enjoyed this book. I had read it years ago and put it back in the bookcase for later. Since it was so long since I had read it was like reading a new book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara A. Russell
Hilarious and well written, an understatement. Forget your sociology class, gain true understanding of southern culture, contradictions
foibles, norms: Read this book.
I am buying this book for a dear friend - an avid reader like myself. It is without question one of the funniest books I have ever read - and I'm from Jackson, MS, before spending... Read morePublished 7 months ago by AbitaBB
As a transplant to the south this writing made me laugh out loud. Several times. It is a book that will be kept on the shelf and reread.
Aged southern wit at it's best. Read more