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Ava's Man

de Rick Bragg

Séries: Rick Bragg (2)

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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.… (mais)
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This one did not make as powerful an impression on me as did "Shoutin" and "Most They Ever Had." His language is as lyrical as ever, I think it's just a matter of being literally farther (in time and in terms of my own family history) from the subject at hand. I am still looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
I wouldn't have picked this up if not for a much appreciated recommendation from one of my goodreads friends.

Rick Bragg wrote a loving tribute to his grandfather, a man he only knew through family stories. Bragg paints a vivid picture of what growing up poor and raising a large family in the south was like before and during the Depression. The book is moving and in parts surprisingly humorous, with many passages that beg to be read out loud.

I will definitely read more by this author. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
This is about more than the grandfather who Rick Bragg never met, Charlie Bundrum, husband of Bragg's grandmother Ava. It's about southern life, culture, tradition, some superstitions and the depression around the north Georgia-Alabama line in the first half of the last century.

Most of all, it's about family and the strength that family ties can bring to one life, and visa versa. ( )
  Hagelstein | Oct 11, 2022 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is the biography of the author's grandfather. It was very well written and I think a pretty honest portrayal of men of that era. A lovely since of time and place. It brought many memories of my own grandfather to my mind as they seemed very similar characters. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
Heart felt story. If I hadn't read "All's over but the Shoutin " first I probably would have given it a 5 star. "All's over but the Shoutin " is the better work.

It's difficult to reach back in time, recent times particularly - times almost remembered. My parents grew up in Alabama during the great depression. I was talking to my father not long before he died at 81. He spoke a little of the hardness, but he was overcome by misery by the memories of the boys - black boys - who were his friends. He started crying as he told me they were so hungry they were eating worms.

It would take thousands of such stories to tell the misery of the depression. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
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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.

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