This book will make you laugh your socks off! The tale is about a little boy growing up in the South during the Great Depression. The boy is very intelligent. He lives on a large farm that falls slightly short of being able to call itself a plantation. He manages to outsmart, out-manipulate, out-lie and outdo just about every other character in the book. The result of each of his antics is a lifelong lesson. The novel begins in his preschool days and takes the reader through to the boys high school graduation. His main ambition has been to be the valedictorian. He achieves that goal and how he does it will amuse you. There are bitter sweet images of The South. The boy's daddy is a womanizer, a drunk and a member of the Klu Klux Klan. The boy's best friends are black share croppers. This novel will keep you smiling to the very end. At that point, it stops abruptly and you wonder why. It is the only part of the book I was disappointed in. It left unanswered questions and I wasn't satisfied with the closure. A very good book that you will enjoy reading!
Set in the deep south, the time of the great depression, Ferrol Sams brings alive the way life was back then. If you have any Southern upbringing in you, this is a must read. From the manners taught, to the family oddities, to the food they eat, you will relate to this book. I laughed my way through much of it. A truly wonderful book. The author is recently retired and still living in Fayetville, GA. He is a doctor. This first book of a trilogy is listed as fiction but I have always wondered if it might have been based on his life. A grand story.
I really enjoyed this book a very funny growing up novel in the south. There is a lot of bigotry in this book and you realize that this is how it was down south in the depression years. Unfortunate but true.
The funny bits made up for it though. I loved the discription of the match and the mule Pet, I laughed out loud through much of it. Strange ending though it sets it up for the second book which i thought was not as well written.
Sams writes in an easy to read style. This story is semi-autobiographic about growing up in Depression-era rural Georgia. It is both humorous and sensitive. It tells of growing up in a multi-generational home and of how he learns the lessons of life necessary to come of age. Wonderful book, leaves you want to know more, which he gives you in the follow-on book Whisper of the River. Hard to put down.