Cold Sassy Tree starts out fine. The two main characters Rucker Blakeslee and his new bride, Love Simpson, are very entertaining. Some of the other characters are a bit unlikeable. In the middle, the book seems to wander without direction. If you can make it to about page 325, the story takes some interesting turns and has a satisfying end.
Well-written, touching story that reads fast at times, not-so-fast at others. Explores an excellent relationship between grandfather and grandchild - much deeper than I thought it would. Good, solid Southern fiction.
An excellent book about small town life in the South, and the "coming of age" of a 15 year old boy. Funny, poignant, you will feel you know this family by the end of the book, and miss them after you finish.
The reader was able to do voices so well it seemed more like listening to a play than just one reader.
rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is so much to love about this book. The characters are vibrant, the language is rich and there are good life's lessons throughout--but it's not preachy. This is a story told with lots of humor although it does have it's tear-jerker moments. Young Will Tweedy is 14 at the turn of the century and is living in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. His grandfather causes an uproar in this sleepy little town by eloping with the beautiful young employee in his store. That's bad enough but what really sets the tongues to wagging is that Grandpa's first wife just passed three weeks ago and is barely cold in the grave. The events subsequent to this scandalous event changes Will's outlook on life forever. He has an "old" grandpa who is made young again by the pretty young wife and he himself begins to grow up as he romanticizes about women, kisses someone for the first time, and drives around town in his grandfather's new automobile. Thumbs both up!
This is an exceptional book. Not a run-of-the-mill churned out cute little story for women. I don't think the review given when you click on the cover does it justice. It IS a tearjerker, however. Its a love story between an old widower and a young woman, told through the eyes of the man's grandson. All the characters are well written. It's also about small town life and family relationships.
I loved this book so much! It was the book that got me back into reading for enjoyment after finishing grad school many years ago. Believe it or not, I bought it because I liked the cover! A wonderful story with endearing characters. Highly recommended!
I read mostly classics, but this has now joined my favorite 20 of all time. A sweet funny story, full of nostalgia. I bought 5 (used) copies to hand out to friends. They all loved it too. Didn't like the sequel though.
Once you get into this book you will literally start to think in a dialect and accent. I found it charming and heartwarming. The characters each had personalities and weaknesses I think everyone can relate to in one way or another. I found this book a long time past when it had been on my list of required reading for a class (no...i didn't read it then!) and was so glad I did. I have begged friends to read it just to make sure I wasn't crazy, and they assured me that,although my faculties are still in question, it is a great book. The sequal did not measure up, sadly Ms Burns passed away before finishing and though dissapointed that I could not get more of those characters and the setting, it is still a book I enjoy picking up and re-reading.
Laughed out loud at this one! You can't help but fall in love with the characters. I was disappointed when I had to turn the last page. I wanted to know what happened next! A lovely, lovely book, particularly if you have a soft spot for the south.
I loved "Cold Sassy Tree." It ranks with the literary giants. The writing skill is excellent and the story is fascinating from chapter to chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an enjoyable journey through the foibles of humankind.
Not my cup of tea. The thick southern colloquialisms ground my reading speed to an annoyingly slow, southern pace. At one point I thought there would be a pivotal event making it a worthwhile read, but it never happened. I know many people loved this book, it just wasn't for me. I never finished the book, life is too short for bad reading!!
Unlike some reviewers, I loved the southern dialect...savored it even. Some phrases I'd have to read out loud (startling the dog) to get the sound right in my head. Besides that, it was an excellent, very interesting story with a surprising bit of religious thought and unconventional doctrine thrown in...quite thought-provoking. I wish that it hadn't just ended so suddenly...kind of like the author poured her all into it and then got kind of tired at the end and wound it up.
The lives of residents of a small Georgia town. When the prominent store owner marries his store clerk 3 weeks after his wife dies the town people are shocked. This is a great adventure story of life in a small town where everyone knows everyones business.I couldnt put it down and hated to come to the end. Great Book!!!!
I think this is one of my favorite books of all time. It reminds me of "Fried Green Tomatoes" , another one of my favorites. I liked the main character and the others in the story reminded me of relatives. It's a book you could re-read through the years.
One of the best books about the small town South I have ever read. I spent a number of years in a very small town in Florida and cherish the friends and time I spent there. Olive Burns has so accurately captured the language used by the "Crackers" I knew and loved that I found myself reading the book out loud to myself just so I could enjoy hearing the words and the expressions I heard back in the 30's as a child. It is a true shame that Ms. Burns did not live long enough to give us more of her wonderful stories. A wonderful book. A treasure about small town life. Genny Sikes
A beautifully written book full of rich substance. I give it 5 stars. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter when Grandpa Blakeslee announces to his family, only 3 weeks after the death of his wife, that he plans to marry 33 year old Miss Love Simpson. Is it for love, sex, convenience, cooking & cleaning, &/or companionship?
Burns makes these characters, who live in a small, religious, southern town in the early 1900s, come alive. It tells the story of the Georgia town Cold Sassy Tree, its inhabitants, and one particular family. The story centers around the transformation of 59 year old Grandpa Blakeslee and his 14 year old grandson Will Tweedy. It examines coming of age, love & death, spirituality and religious ideas and prejudices, morals and mores, and modernization.
I really do love this book. It is warm and caring and explores relationships as time changes the characters. Here you will find a memorable story of "family" and challenges to be overcome with grace. Fun along the way adds to the whole atmosphere. I have listened to Cold Sassy Tree several times in the audio form which is read by Richard Thomas. He made all the pages come alive. :)
I LOVED this book. The characters were fun and real. I felt as if I just stepped into this book and became one of the bystanders in the setting. There were times when the main character reminded me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and, to me, that is always a good thing! I was saddened to hear Olive Ann Burns passed away before she finished the sequel to this book, because I wanted to read MANY more books by her. Her writing style is very comfortable and familiar, just the kind of book to curl up with on a rainy day.
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Told through the eyes of a young boy this was a very enjoyable book about a family in Cold Sassy, Georgia. The stories reminded me so much of stories I'm heard my parents tell about growing up in the south and these stories were apparently based on stories told my the author's father. Everyone won't like it because of the southern language (we do have a way with words) but I thought it was delightful. :)
A wonderful classic with lots of twist and turns.
It takes place in a small southern town in 1906. A widower of 3 weeks marries a woman half his age and the family and the rest of the town search for a way to deal with it....or not!
Excellent story, I read it aloud to my husband who so enjoyed hearing the young Will Tweedy's voice narrate this country tale of down right, down home happenings just at the time of change in USA, the advent of the motor car etc. and the changes brought to a small town.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! A beautifully written book. Burns makes these characters, who live in a small southern town around the turn of the century 1900, come alive. It examines modernization, love and death, spirituality and religious ideas and prejudices, morals, and mores. There is a scandal. There is sadness. There is joy and love. There is a coming of age of a young boy. It is beautifully written. I didn't want it to end.
Cold Sassy, Georgia, had never been a whirlpool of excitement. If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies could make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson--a woman half his age and worse yet, a Yankee! On that day Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachable pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.
Cold Sassy, Georgia, had never been a whirlpool of excitement. If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies could make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson-a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.
The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.
If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson - a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen year old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.
If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906 things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson--a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen year old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciusly irreverent town came to life.
If the precher's wife'f petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson - a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began adn unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.