This is a pampered younger child who never knew the flash of a father's anger fueled by white lightening bootlegged whiskey. Frankly, I have no answers, except to say that Bragg speaks my language. Inspired by Rick Bragg's love for his stepson, The Prince of Frogtown also chronicle The final volume of Rick Bragg's bestselling and beloved American saga documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick's youth, to Jacksonville's one-hundred-year-old mill and to Rick's father, the troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow. Yes, but only after his other books. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the southern way of life.
He gave a touching portrayal of a doomed man and of family relationships -- how you can love someone, hate him, pity him and admire him all at once. Yes, this is a very good book. This highlights his exploration of his father as a child and young adult, his attempt to understand a man who became an abusive alcoholic father. Hecuts loose with wonderful flowering descriptive floods. But it's not all he was, and I wanted to find people who would say something good about him.
Interspersed are funny and poignant interchapters chronicling Bragg's own experience with fatherhood, and the light tone eases the pain of the intense chapter's about his father. Then, hopping around on one foot, he waved the bills in his brother's face. People tithed in Mercury dimes and buffalo nickels, and pews filled with old men who wore ancient black suit coats over overalls, and young men in short-sleeved dress shirts and clip-on ties. He preached then of the end of the world, and it was beautiful. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Rich sense of time and place as Bragg alternates between passages about his father and passages about his stepson. Rick Bragg is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of best-selling and critically acclaimed books on the people of the foothills of the Appalachians, , , and. They began to speak in tongues. How do you relate to what is completely foreign? This book explores the boys growing into men in the author's family. I have read that alcohol ism is perhaps inherited; it comes with our genes.
His style seems as natural as Rembrandt crafting Few can write like this Pulitzer Prize winner! The good times and the bad. She would fry eggs by the platterful and pour black coffee, and be glad they were not in a smoking hulk wrapped around a tree, or at the mercy of the police. His portrait of his dad is more nuanced here, but the outcome of course does not change and you hurt all over again for his beloved mother. All of us can find something to honor in this book. I am told she loved without condition, loved my mother and loved us boys.
There are moments when you think Bragg will tell you that despite everything he loved his father, but he never does say it quite. Bragg is showing us a place we have not seen before, not quite like this. Bragg is a wonderful storyteller, although sometimes I felt he went so far off track as to lose the thread. After reading and absolutely loving Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shoutin' and Ava's Man, I have been almost afraid to read The Prince of Frogtown for fear that it wouldn't stand up to the other two. Advertisement In the aftermath, she cooked a five-pound block of meat loaf, a mountain of fried potatoes, a cauldron of pinto beans, and dishpans of squash and okra — nothing special, just the usual supper for the kin that, every Sunday, trickled in to eat. In the week he cruised slow and easy, but on Friday nights, when drinkers hit the roads, the dispatcher's voice crackled with possibility. A family that so routinely pulled knives on each other was not one you engaged without at least weighing the consequences.
I know you probably get tired of my saying how Rick Bragg is the most brilliant, gifted writer. In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with All Over but the Shoutin' and continued with Ava's Man, Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his 10-year-old stepson. He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. My father, smaller than his brothers, was knocked down and almost out. In the end, he came to realize that he was more than just a worthless drunk. I guess this started with Mark Twain for me and I just keep looking for those great stories about boys and the stuff that they do. But why is it that one person can break the bad cycle of generations of drinkers and fighters and womanizers, and another cannot? Every day was a gift.
By the end I understood. For me, this one just didn't have the emotion the other two evoked. Rick Bragg will surely go down as one of America's great southern writers. I lived a long time after that believing you could hide any sin in the Bible if you had a big enough brown paper bag. Well, I did it again.
Yup, this one is as good as the author's , about his maternal grandfather and grandmother. I've now devoted enough time examining Rick Bragg's childhood. However, the use of random incidents to explain the destructive behavior that ensued is the only false note in the nar This is a wonderful portrait of an Alabama family living in rural poverty during the 40s and 50s juxtaposed against a tale of a man and his stepson getting to know each other in the current century. I never gave her a reason. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age.