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ISBN: 0375724443
Author: Rick Bragg
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (August 13, 2002)
Pages: 259
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 207
Size Fb2: 1116 kb
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Rick Bragg (born July 26, 1959) is an American journalist and writer known for non-fiction books, especially those about his family in Alabama. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work at The New York Times

Rick Bragg (born July 26, 1959) is an American journalist and writer known for non-fiction books, especially those about his family in Alabama. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work at The New York Times. Bragg was born in the small city of Piedmont in northeastern Alabama and grew up in the small community of Possum Trot near Jacksonville.

Электронная книга "Ava's Man", Rick Bragg In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies.

Электронная книга "Ava's Man", Rick Bragg. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Ava's Man" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.

Ava's Man. Rick Bragg.

Also by Rick Bragg All Over but the Shoutin’ Somebody Told Me To Ava and Charlie and the children James, William, Edna, Juanita, Margaret, Jo, Sue, and Little Emma Mae An. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22. Also by Rick Bragg. All Over but the Shoutin’. Somebody Told Me. To Ava and Charlie.

It even sounds like a sin. Charlie could swing his hammer all day and not make a ten-dollar bill, but he could run off a gallon of white whiskey and make five dollars a jug.

and Ralph Crow, merchants and druggists and other respected men, because his product was clean, because it was pure, and because it was safe as Kool-Aid. Other people may have run it off from rusted truck radiators, their hooch laced with lead salts, invisible, deadly. No one ever found a dead possum floating in Charlie’s mash. He never sold a sip-not one sip-that he did not test.

Ava was Bragg’s grandmother, his grandfather Charlie whom he never met as his grandfather’s death preceded Rick Bragg’s birth, and although he knew some details about his grandfather Last August I read Rick Bragg’s All Over But the Shoutin’ and was swept away by the poetry of his story, his family’s story, a story born of pain and. Ava's Man.

About Ava’s Man. With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South.

With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm. In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.

Comments:

Dark_Sun
This is a wonderful story of the author's maternal grandfather, and one that I would love to recommend to any and all readers of all ages. It's a story about life during the great Depression in the southern Appalachian foothills of Alabama and Georgia, a region hit hard during that period of history. Not a lot has been written about this location during the Depression, but this story gives an excellent glimpse into that time period. The author does not, however, focus on the misery and wrenching poverty so much as the heroism of one man who did every single thing he could to care for and support his family. There are references to revenuers and moonshiners, family life, birth and death, and the determined grit of a family to survive it all, led by a truly great man of his time. The author has a wonderful way of writing a story, in true Southern fashion, savoring words whether spoken or written, like a picnic on the grounds. You can feel the poverty, but you can also feel the victory. Give this book a read and you will feel the American experience of Southerners from the foothills - a hardy people with a long history flavored with struggle and a drive to overcome it all.
Water
Ava's Man is a wonderful read for a person whose youth was spent during the Depression Decade (my title for the years 1930-40). Rick Bragg is an excellent story teller, and captures the abject poverty of the Depression, reminiscent of Steinbeck and Grapes of Wrath. Of course, Bragg's setting is in a different part of the country from Steinbeck's, but the conditions are not that varied. Bragg's characterizations are outstanding. Charlie Bundrum is a finely etched character whose weaknesses, in some convoluted way, seem to enhance his inherent strengths.

The reader who was born 1940 or after may find it hard to believe the conditions of the 1930's, as Bragg describes them. Charlie, Ava and the many children they begat, had it comparatively well, in that Charlie generally managed to find work as a carpenter and roofer, as well as a market for his moonshine, and Ava contributed to the meager income, in spite of birthing a rather full manger of young'uns.

Ava's Man is first, instructive and an important nugget of truth too easily dismissed in the history of this country. Second, it is entertaining. Bragg takes us into the crowded and sometimes primitive conditions of the era and illustrates with lingua franca of the locale how survival often depended on the resourcefulness of those trapped in the circumstances of dire poverty.

Ava's Man on a bumper sticker: Be Entertained with the Truth of History
Connorise
I, like so many others I suppose, was drawn to Bragg's book due to my own family.
I'm a first-generation Hoosier, raised by folks who emigrated from southeast Kentucky in the 1940's. As a matter of fact, that seems to be the only difference between his family and mine....mine left the south for reasons that I am currently researching and are too lengthy to document here.
And Charlie could have been my Papaw, my great Uncles (one of several), a second cousin. Hell, i knew folks just like him. Papaw Charlie is no stranger to me.
There were very few "things" Bragg referenced that were unfamiliar to me.
The whole damn thing reminded me of when we all would gather at Mamaw and Papaw's for Sunday dinner and makes me wonder why we don't do that anymore.
Unh
to fully appreciate this story. As I read, it seemed that every page elicited a "Yep, I remember that!" I was born in 1957, as Charlie's era was fading away, but enough of it remained to make an impression on me. I grew up in Georgia and Alabama, and recognize Charlie's world. Most of my relatives worked in the mills. I knew folks who had actually picked cotton. I've spent nights fishing on the river, throwing an old tire on the fire to keep the skeeters at bay. Sadly, those times are gone. Subdivisions fill the fields where we once shot doves. A strip mall has replaced the old cotton gin. The children and grandchildren of old friends no longer let us hunt the few remaining places where we hunted for years.
Reading this story created an aching inside, a longing for those times and the people who lived them. Rick Bragg has done a remarkable job of capturing the essence of the era and the folks who just lived life as it came to them. People nowadays spend too much time thinking about living- what effect will this have, should I let my child do that, what about his self-esteem. Back then, you just dealt with life as it came to you, good or bad.
Thank you, Rick Bragg, for conjuring up the ghosts of harder but simpler times.
Usanner
Rick Bragg is one of those writers who oozes all things South when reading his books. I was first introduced to him after he received the Pulitzer, and have stuck with him reading his stuff as fast as they came off the printing press. Loved "Ave's Man". When reading it, felt like I was there buried in the freshly cut grass that gave off it uniqueness sweet smell. Bragg sure know how to wring out the South in his own words.
Jieylau
This is the first of Rick Bragg's books I've ever read. It is a fantastic read about his grandfather. Mr. Bragg received a Pulitzer prize for his writing and boy, does he ever deserve it. I eventually want to collect all his books. I've also read "All Over but the Shoutin". Another excellent book by Mr. Bragg. As long as he keeps writing, I'll keep reading!

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