Always the Rivers Flow Author:Jesse Earle Bowden In Always the Rivers Flow Author J. Earle Bowden has captured the essence of a boy growing into young manhood in Florida's Panhandle. — He has brought to life in a series of vignettes that tight society which in the Depression Thirties centered about the village store where the purchase of a can of beans or a loaf of bread offered the day's oppor... more »tunity-sometimes the only one-to swap opinions on crops and often too on neighbors who were not present.
Bowden has invoked a remembrance of those days, particularly in West Florida, when time was measured not by hours or days but by the seasons; when excitement was a boy's naked splash into a cold river for a swim; when romance blossomed in the touch of a girl's hand on a walk home from a school play or a church social.
He has given to the readers his own haunting heritage of a South whose sons were gallant in battle and defiant in defeat: stout men who, after death, yet touched and shaped for generations the lives of those that came after them.
Bowden loves the woods, the streams, the hamlets and the beaches of his own Nortwest Florida. He is steeped in the colorful history of Pensacola, an ancient but ageless mistress to the masters of five flags. But first and last he is a newspaperman with a newspaperman's enthusiasm for places and people, for facts and events. And he has the journalist's appreciation for the well-spun story, always spiced with a liberal potion of humor.
In his easy and flowing style he has produced a book that entertains and beyond that arouses a nostalgia for a way of Panhandle life in the days that were but will not be again.« less