All Over But the Shoutin’ has ratings and reviews. Cheri said: Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his o. A common condition of being poor white trash, explains New York Times correspondent Bragg on learning he won a Pulitzer Prize last year, is that you are . Read free book excerpt from All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg, page 1 of 7 .
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All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg – Reading Guide – : Books
I can relate to that observation with the echo that this book is so much and yet still could have been so much more. May 11, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: I guess he should go out more often, but more likely, he was just trying for a good ending. He describes in horrible detail the carnage and extreme poverty during his two trips to Haiti and gives his unique Southern perspective on Harvard and the New York Times. This is one of those cases; Bragg makes me wish I knew his mother.
That may well be his natural way of speaking, but I wonder if his own family reads this and thinks, yes, that sounds just like Rick, or if they, tne me, think it’s distracting to pack QUITE so much down home flavor into EVERY sentence. I acquired this book free, via BookMooch!
Bragg is forthcoming about his own failed relationships and the demons his father passed down to one of his brothers. What is the unholy attraction shkutin one-line paragraphs?
He has covered some interesting stories, and it’s interesting to hear him retell them in the book. What could they mean? An unadulterated look at historical life in the poor South for which, sadly, not much has changed. I think I was filling their white trash quota. An eloquent writer, the stories he writes about are vivid and show raw and genuine emotions.
I love the cadence and melody of a southerner’s storytelling. As much as I love Southern literature, I hated this one. Grice rated it rjck it Shelves: This is the one I choose for our read.
ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN’ by Rick Bragg | Kirkus Reviews
Are certain elements of the life he describes enviable? He and his two brothers grew up dirt poor in Alabama with a long suffering mother and a ne’er do well father. I realized ghe there are a lot of times where he talks about her more like you would talk about your love for a really simple but loyal farm dog.
When he left the Times, he reportedly had a million dollar advance from a publisher for his next book. He often describes his visits home and how little people were impressed by his accomplishments, which he didn’t mind.
The author seems to say, “Hey, look at me, how much better I am than anyone!!! Perhaps if he had spent less time talking about the great things he’s done and quoting himself, ugh it might have been a better book.
For good or bad, I am kind of unusual for a Times man. Or is he what he does more for his own sake than hers? Claiming to understand Susan Smith’s urge to make herself appealing to a rich man to escape her poor millworker family background is “emotionally generous” all right, given that she killed her children to do it.
All Over But the Shoutin’
To be afraid was shameful. I actually thought about using the pages as toilet paper, but alas, I used it for kindling instead. It takes us to Haiti, to the transvestite hookers in the Village, to death row in Angola, Louisiana.
Aug 17, Rachael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Times and then as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. There were nights at the table when he sat with a baby on his lap and spoon-fed him, and laughed when one of us daubed food in his face. I am trapped there still. Due to a bdagg in town, Bragg and other poor, black or mentally handicapped boys in town were rounded up as suspects simply because of their race and class.
They never bothered to teach him to read very well; he learned that on his own.