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Totch: A Life in the Everglades Paperback – September 20, 1993
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- Susan Hamburger, Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
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I am making a special trip to Florida in January of 2008 just to visit this place with my two young boys!
It's considered a memoir, but spares us the personal details of an author's favorite crystal doorknob (Mia Farrow) and other indulgences by self-involved people like Tanya Tucker or Cybill Shepperd. It was really hard to like any of those three after reading their books.
Totch, however, instantly inspired respect and admiration. Like most of the old crackers, he doesn't whine or over-explain, he just tells it like it was. I'm from the region he writes about, and it brought back a lot of memories. Yes, there were illegal activities mentioned in the book. In south Florida? Really?
A reviewer wrote a stinging diatribe about Totch's gator hunting, claiming it was done for meanness or sport. Hunting gators for fun? It's not like playing golf, sport. It's dirty and dangerous work, especially back then. I had friends who caught wild hogs fifty years ago in palmetto scrubs, and believe me, it was nothing like today's reality show where the star wears eighty pounds of Mary Kay make-up and designer jeans.
I would place this book with Patrick Smith's "A Land Remembered" for plain-spoken writing about a resourceful family living in a world now swallowed up by condos and development. At least someone documented what it was like for future generations.
Totch: A Life In the Everglades is an autobiography written by Loren G. Brown, known as “Totch”. Totch was born in 1920 on Chokoloskee Island (three years after my father). He was one of five children born to J.J Brown and Alice Jane McKinney. There isn’t a page in this book that doesn’t connect with a person, location or event in one of the other books I have mentioned, or to places I have been on my paddling trips in the area. Yet this account is not historical fiction or researched non-fiction as the other books are. This is a first person account of life in the Everglades seen through the eyes and experiences of one man, that bridges the generations between Ed Watson’s time and the time of Collier, Flagler and the other important figures of the 19th and 20th centuries.
For example, the Daniels family is prominent in Killing Mister Watson, manly because two Daniels sisters served as Watson’s live in housekeepers at Chatham Bend after his first wife died and another became ill and had to move to Fort Meyers. He had a daughter named Minnie with the older sister, Josie, and two children, Pearl and an infant son who died in the 1910 hurricane, with Netta, the younger Daniels sister.Read more ›
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Good book. I had a hardcover that got lost. This was for a friend. Nothing like firshand account. A+Published 25 days ago by wayne Duszczak
Finished the book in two enjoyable sittings. Enormously entertaining, especially with the original photos. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Will
Great book about life in the everglades. If you like Florida history this is required reading.Published 6 months ago by flashBgordon
Interesting story, keeps you wanting to continue reading. Will be giving this book as gifts in the future.Published 7 months ago by Denise LeBlanc
FANTASTIC real Florida narrative and highly recommended to anyone, especially native-born Floridians.Published 9 months ago by Linda B
The entertaining life story of a south Florida legend. As a third generation Floridian, it kind of made me wish I was here in the times of my Grandfather! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fuzzy Bruce
Good early Florida history for those who enjoy Flamingo, everglades-city, and back county fishing. You will recognize many of the rivers and places. Done from a Pioneers eyes.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very informative tale of life before my time. I really enjoyed it, so I passed it along for my father to read...Published 15 months ago by MBusch