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In this appealing collection of fourteen interrelated stories, twelve-year-old William Stroup recounts the ludicrous predicaments and often self-imposed hardships his family endures. Playing on the tension between Martha, his hardworking, sensible mother, and Morris, his disarmingly likable but shiftless and philandering father, William tells of Pa's flirtation with a wido In this appealing collection of fourteen interrelated stories, twelve-year-old William Stroup recounts the ludicrous predicaments and often self-imposed hardships his family endures. Playing on the tension between Martha, his hardworking, sensible mother, and Morris, his disarmingly likable but shiftless and philandering father, William tells of Pa's flirtation with a widow, his swapping match with a band of gypsies, his battle of wits with a traveling silk-tie saleswoman, and his get-rich-quick schemes based on selling Ma's old love letters and collecting scrap iron.Often caught in the middle of the Stroups' bungles is Handsome Brown, their yard hand, as well as a number of animals with all-too-human qualities: Ida, the mule; Pretty Sooky, the runaway calf; College Boy, the fighting cock; a small flock of woodpeckers that favor Handsome's head over a tree; and goats who commandeer the roof of the Stroups' house. Georgia Boy was a special book to Caldwell, and its humor is less in the service of social criticism than in other works in which he dealt with poor white southerners. Beneath Georgia Boy's folksy lightheartedness, however, lie the problems of indigence, racism, and apathy that Caldwell confronted again and again in his fiction.


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In this appealing collection of fourteen interrelated stories, twelve-year-old William Stroup recounts the ludicrous predicaments and often self-imposed hardships his family endures. Playing on the tension between Martha, his hardworking, sensible mother, and Morris, his disarmingly likable but shiftless and philandering father, William tells of Pa's flirtation with a wido In this appealing collection of fourteen interrelated stories, twelve-year-old William Stroup recounts the ludicrous predicaments and often self-imposed hardships his family endures. Playing on the tension between Martha, his hardworking, sensible mother, and Morris, his disarmingly likable but shiftless and philandering father, William tells of Pa's flirtation with a widow, his swapping match with a band of gypsies, his battle of wits with a traveling silk-tie saleswoman, and his get-rich-quick schemes based on selling Ma's old love letters and collecting scrap iron.Often caught in the middle of the Stroups' bungles is Handsome Brown, their yard hand, as well as a number of animals with all-too-human qualities: Ida, the mule; Pretty Sooky, the runaway calf; College Boy, the fighting cock; a small flock of woodpeckers that favor Handsome's head over a tree; and goats who commandeer the roof of the Stroups' house. Georgia Boy was a special book to Caldwell, and its humor is less in the service of social criticism than in other works in which he dealt with poor white southerners. Beneath Georgia Boy's folksy lightheartedness, however, lie the problems of indigence, racism, and apathy that Caldwell confronted again and again in his fiction.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Short Stories, Erskine Preston ‎Caldwell Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 – April 11, 1987) was an American novelist and short story writer. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native Southern United States, in novels such as Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه ژوئن سال 1994 میلادی عنوان: قصه های بابام؛ نخستین چاپ گوتنبرگ سال 1338 هجری خورشیدی عنوان: قصه های بابام؛ ارسکین کالدول؛ مترجم: احمد ش Short Stories, Erskine Preston ‎Caldwell Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 – April 11, 1987) was an American novelist and short story writer. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native Southern United States, in novels such as Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه ژوئن سال 1994 میلادی عنوان: قصه های بابام؛ نخستین چاپ گوتنبرگ سال 1338 هجری خورشیدی عنوان: قصه های بابام؛ ارسکین کالدول؛ مترجم: احمد شاملو؛ تهران، تندر، 1364؛ در 208 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، زمانه، نگاه، 1372، در 205 ص، مصور؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م کتاب «قصه‌ های بابام»، اثر: ارسکین کالدول، چهارده داستان به هم پیوسته است، و داستان‌های آن، از زبان یک نوجوان روایت می‌شود، و شامل حکایت‌هایی است، که بر وی و پدر ندانم‌ کارش می‌گذرد. در داستان‌های کتاب: قصه‌ های بابام، پدر، که نمونه ی یک آمریکایی شهرستانی، اوایل سده ی بیستم میلادی ست، با زرنگ‌ بازی‌ها، و دوز و کلک‌هایش، کوشش می‌کند، از راه میان‌بر، زودتر به پول و پله برسد، اما در پایان رسوا می‌شود، و دردسری تازه به وجود می‌آورد. نقل از متن: «مامانم عادت داشت در هر فصل سال، یکى دو بار برود به ده، پیش خواهرش بماند: خودش معتقد بود که این روزها، تنها روزهاى آسایش و خوشىِ اوست، و مى‌گفت اگر دلش براى خانه شور نمى‌زد، و یقین داشت که در غیابش آب از آب تکان نخواهد خورد خیلى بیش از این‌ها به ده مى‌رفت، و از مزایاى استراحت در ده استفاده مى‌کرد. اما حیف! بابام گفت: هیچ‌ چى بهتر از تنهایى نیست، حتا اگه همش یک روز باشه! واقع چه خوش‌ب ختىی بزرگیه که زن دور و بر آدم نباشه! پایان نقل. فهرست کتاب: «1 - چگونه باباجانم ماشین فشار خرید؟»؛ «2 - ناقوس عروسى»؛ «3 - بزها روى بام»؛ «4 - زن بى‌کس و کار»؛ «5 - چکمه‌ ها»؛ «6 - دارکوب‌ها»؛ «7 - ملکه قافله کولى‌ها»؛ «8 - ماجراى بانجو»؛ «9 - گوساله کوچولو»؛ «10 - چگونه کاکاى ما از مزایاى قانونى مرخصى استفاده کرد!»؛ «11 - چگونه باباجانم وارد مشاغل سیاسى شد؟»؛ «12 - مهمان شبانه»؛ «13 - عموجانم ند»؛ «14 - قصه خروس بابام». ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mahdie

    بیستم آذر بود بعد از سال ها آرزو به خانه ی احمد شاملو رفتیم.من و دوستم.آیدای باوقار پر از آرامش بود و آه.در کنارش نشستیم.با صمیمتی عجیب هم صحبت ما شد.درد و دل میکردیم و او هم با دقتی عجیب گوش میکرد.وسواسی که نسبت به آثار شاملو داشت و حساسیتش به درست ادا شدن تک تک کلمات اشعارش برایم عجیب بود.تیزبینی از بانویی به سن و سال او.خودش میگفت بعد از احمد به خاطر دین اش به آثار او زنده مانده است..مدام از من با علاقه ای عجیب راجع به آثاری که از شاملو خوانده ام میپرسید.راجع به تک تک جمله های شاملو علاقه ای بیستم آذر بود بعد از سال ها آرزو به خانه ی احمد شاملو رفتیم.من و دوستم.آیدای باوقار پر از آرامش بود و آه.در کنارش نشستیم.با صمیمتی عجیب هم صحبت ما شد.درد و دل میکردیم و او هم با دقتی عجیب گوش میکرد.وسواسی که نسبت به آثار شاملو داشت و حساسیتش به درست ادا شدن تک تک کلمات اشعارش برایم عجیب بود.تیزبینی از بانویی به سن و سال او.خودش میگفت بعد از احمد به خاطر دین اش به آثار او زنده مانده است..مدام از من با علاقه ای عجیب راجع به آثاری که از شاملو خوانده ام میپرسید.راجع به تک تک جمله های شاملو علاقه ای سرشار از خودش نشان میداد. از آیدا پرسیدم که چه کتاب های دیگری را پیشنهاد میکند که از استاد بخوانم و گفت شما هنوز خیلی جوانید و تازه زندگی و چیزهایی که باید بخوانید شروع شده ولی مرگ گاو باز و قصه های بابام را بخوان.میگفت ما از تهران تا کرج نوار های لورکا را گوش میکردیم و هرچه بیشتر گوش میکردیم داغان تر میشدیم و میگفت هر لذتی بهایی دارد گاهی بهای سنگینی میپردازیم و چهره اش پر از غم شد.از درد سانسور میگفت. هرچه از تاثیرش بر آثار شاملو حرف زدم و تحسین اش کردم سرش را به مخالفت تکان داد و گفت من کاری نکرده ام.هرچه بوده هنر خود احمد بوده است. از کتاب قصه های بابام گفت و گفت بسیار رندانه نوشته شده. آیدا بانویی است که تنهایی اش را با غذا دادن به گربه های بی پناه دهکده که خانه اش را از بر بودند پر میکرد و چشمهایش برای کامل کردن کتاب های کوچه کم سو میشوند. باران عجیبی گرفت. از آیدا خداحافظی کردیم و نگاهش و رفتارش همچنان در قلب من نقش بسته. حس غم عجیبی به من دست میدهد هر بار که به آیدا فکر میکنم.به تنهاییش.به دردهایی که کشیده.آیدا میگفت شعر کیستی که من این گونه به اعتماد را احمد برایم نوشته و من هم برای احمد خوانده ام.چه قدر این عشق زییا و دلگیر است. ده روز بعد شب یلدا بود.دوستم با کتابی به دیدنم آمد.قصه های بابام را برایم خریده بود. هر قصه اش را که میخواندم هر شبم را به یلدایی دوباره تبدیل میکردم و حس گنگی از سرخوشی خواندن قصه های کودکانه،دلگیری،نگاه عمیق آیدا،مرگ شاملو و بی رحمی روزگار به من چیره میشد. تازه بعدا فهمیدم که دوستم که علت دوست شدنم باهاش همین احمد شاملو بوده در دوران کودکیش این کتاب را خوانده و الان هم برای برادرزاده اش میخواند.این دنیای عجیب دلگیر

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaghayegh.l3

    خوب، سرگرم‌کننده، جالب.

  4. 5 out of 5

    سیاوش فتحعلی

    بسیار جالب بود. بالأخص دو داستان آخر. خیلی جاها، بیان بی ادبانه و طاغی اش مرا بشدت یاد ماجراهای هکلبری فین می انداخت. دیدن پسر شرّ و شیطان، پدر لاابالی، مادر همیشه عصبانی و بردۀ فرصت طلب که *صرفا* خواهان آزادیست؛ مجموعه ای به مخاطب میدهد که در بدترین شرایط ارزش امتحان کردن و همراه شدنش را دارد.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula M.

    Os Stroup vivem num ambiente rural pobre, numa velha casa de madeira construída a mais de um metro do chão, em Sycamore, Geórgia. O sonho americano ruiu dando lugar à desilusão e ao desespero. Martha trabalha sem descanso e Morris alterna a apatia e a preguiça com expedientes inaceitáveis. Handsome, o ajudante negro, trabalha sem direito a folgas e salário. O narrador dos catorze contos que fazem parte desta obra é o jovem William , cujos doze anos de idade embebidos em ingenuidade e imaturidade Os Stroup vivem num ambiente rural pobre, numa velha casa de madeira construída a mais de um metro do chão, em Sycamore, Geórgia. O sonho americano ruiu dando lugar à desilusão e ao desespero. Martha trabalha sem descanso e Morris alterna a apatia e a preguiça com expedientes inaceitáveis. Handsome, o ajudante negro, trabalha sem direito a folgas e salário. O narrador dos catorze contos que fazem parte desta obra é o jovem William , cujos doze anos de idade embebidos em ingenuidade e imaturidade não lhe permitem entender a brutalidade da realidade e dos acontecimentos à sua volta. O cómico emerge então, misturando-se com racismo, traições, machismo, esquemas e escaramuças ...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    من در میان آثار کالدول، به مجموعه ای با این نام؛ "قصه های بابام" برنخورده ام. کالدول چندین مجموعه داستان کوتاه دارد که این مجموعه به فارسی، احتمالن گزیده ای از مجموعه ها، به سلیقه ی مترجم بوده است. من در میان آثار کالدول، به مجموعه ای با این نام؛ "قصه های بابام" برنخورده ام. کالدول چندین مجموعه داستان کوتاه دارد که این مجموعه به فارسی، احتمالن گزیده ای از مجموعه ها، به سلیقه ی مترجم بوده است.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    Ah...well, this kind of reads like a "G" rated version of some of Caldwell's more popular works, namely God's Little Acre, Tobacco Road, and my personal favorite so far, Estherville. A collection of tales featuring the poor Southern Stroup family: Morris Stroup the patriarch - a philandering, unemployed simpleton always out to make money with some convoluted scheme, and whose failures are repeatedly blamed on Handsome (the "boy" who "works" for them), the bitter, though ridiculously complacent ma Ah...well, this kind of reads like a "G" rated version of some of Caldwell's more popular works, namely God's Little Acre, Tobacco Road, and my personal favorite so far, Estherville. A collection of tales featuring the poor Southern Stroup family: Morris Stroup the patriarch - a philandering, unemployed simpleton always out to make money with some convoluted scheme, and whose failures are repeatedly blamed on Handsome (the "boy" who "works" for them), the bitter, though ridiculously complacent matriarch, Martha Stroup, and William, their son who is the innocent idiot-in-training and narrator of their escapades. As you might imagine with a child narrator, there is a lot going on the reader understands that the narrator does not. Still, rather than coming off as a biting commentary on poverty and prejudice in the South (like in the other books mentioned), I kept feeling like this was an edgier and less politically correct equivalent of Gomer Pile and the gang from Mayberry, or a nastier/darker Southern version of Dagwood and Blondie. In that sense, it felt less like rebuke and more like entertainment. So, not quite what I expected from the previous works I've read and that I've really enjoyed. However, I can see how this might have had appeal at the time it was written. Who would I recommend this to today? probably fans of Caldwell's work who are interested in exploring his writing across the board and/or those who wanted to like his other work but just couldn't get past the rawness of it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SurferRosa

    Un Caldwell che ha saputo conquistarmi fin dalle prime pagine, grazie ad un incipit travolgente in cui Stroup, armato della sua macchina per pressare la carta, imperversa pressando tutto ciò che trova per casa, comprese riviste, libri, lettere della moglie, per farne blocchi da rivendere. Gli episodi successivi non sono da meno e ritroviamo un autore in grande spolvero nel ritrarre, con la sua tipica vena grottesca, quell'ambiente del sud degli Stati Uniti che è l'oggetto principale della sua na Un Caldwell che ha saputo conquistarmi fin dalle prime pagine, grazie ad un incipit travolgente in cui Stroup, armato della sua macchina per pressare la carta, imperversa pressando tutto ciò che trova per casa, comprese riviste, libri, lettere della moglie, per farne blocchi da rivendere. Gli episodi successivi non sono da meno e ritroviamo un autore in grande spolvero nel ritrarre, con la sua tipica vena grottesca, quell'ambiente del sud degli Stati Uniti che è l'oggetto principale della sua narrativa.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Milad

    ازون طنز هایی بود که اعصاب آدم هم خورد می شه. خیلی سخت می تونم به حماقت مردم بخندم

  10. 5 out of 5

    Talie

    چرا اینقدر داستان های کودکانه یا غیر کودکانه درباره ی پدرها و پسرانشان وجود دارد؟ در حالیکه حرفی از قصه های مادران با فرزندان یا پدران با دخترانشان نیست.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nadi kz

    این کتاب فوق العاده س ‌ . محشره

  12. 5 out of 5

    Farima Haghdadi

    دلم میخواست همشون رو با هم بکشم.

  13. 4 out of 5

    H ! v e R

    سرگرم کننده

  14. 5 out of 5

    Breaking_Bad

    Jest to zbiór opowiadań z życia rodziny Stroupów. Narratorem jest kilkuletni Will, który mieszka na farmie z matką Martą i ojcem Morrisem oraz z Murzynem o imieniu Przystojniak Brown, który pomaga im w gospodarstwie. Głównym bohaterem jest ojciec chłopca, zwany "starym", będący skończonym leserem i próżniakiem. Nie ma stałego zajęcia, najchętniej wyleguje się w cieniu albo łowi ryby. Większą aktywność przejawia tylko wtedy, gdy zwietrzy możliwość szybkiego i łatwego zarobku, jak np. przy pomyśle Jest to zbiór opowiadań z życia rodziny Stroupów. Narratorem jest kilkuletni Will, który mieszka na farmie z matką Martą i ojcem Morrisem oraz z Murzynem o imieniu Przystojniak Brown, który pomaga im w gospodarstwie. Głównym bohaterem jest ojciec chłopca, zwany "starym", będący skończonym leserem i próżniakiem. Nie ma stałego zajęcia, najchętniej wyleguje się w cieniu albo łowi ryby. Większą aktywność przejawia tylko wtedy, gdy zwietrzy możliwość szybkiego i łatwego zarobku, jak np. przy pomyśle na sprzedaż makulatury ("Maszyna do belowania"), złomu ("Wychodne Przystojniaka Browna"), ewentualnie handlu wymiennym ("Mój stary i królowa Cyganów"). Zawsze jednak jego wręcz dziecięca naiwność, czy po prostu głupota sprawiają, że z zarobku nic nie wychodzi. Całe gospodarstwo utrzymuje się tylko dzięki matce chłopca, która haruje robiąc pranie dla sąsiadek z miasteczka. Ona też ratuje rodzinę z opresji, gdy Morris wdaje się w drobne kradzieże, czy przygody z alkoholem i kobietami. Perypetie ojca z perspektywy dziecka są zabawne i Moris Stroup jawi się mimo wszystko jako postać sympatyczna, chociaż czasem okrutna, szczególnie w traktowaniu Przystojniaka Browna. Ten ostatni też dodaje humoru (np. "Przystojniak Brown i dzięcioły").

  15. 4 out of 5

    Moshtagh ghurdarvazi

    این کتاب جدای از محتوا و داستانک های پیوستش،بنظرم تلاشی دیگر بوده از آقای شاملو برای زنده کردن و زنده نگاه‌داشتن زبان کوچه بازاری.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jose Antonio Moch

    It could be read like a book for children. Nevertheless, the intensity of the book grows from story to story. It could be said that the loafing,cheating and lying that Ma endures it's only due to Morris Stroup's sexual prowess. She's willing to do the washing of other people's clothing to support the family and I've noticed that women only do that when they got a stud at home. The incident with the Gypsy Queen is not clear to me. After they got inside the shed and locked the door the gypsy woman It could be read like a book for children. Nevertheless, the intensity of the book grows from story to story. It could be said that the loafing,cheating and lying that Ma endures it's only due to Morris Stroup's sexual prowess. She's willing to do the washing of other people's clothing to support the family and I've noticed that women only do that when they got a stud at home. The incident with the Gypsy Queen is not clear to me. After they got inside the shed and locked the door the gypsy woman came out with his clothes and gave a long stare at Ma. Then Pa came with a gold watch and is later discovered by William with a big wad of green backs. Was it just Pa's ability with a sleight of hand while humping the gypsy or the latter gave him that big roll of dollars in recompense for the banging she got? The story with the strange girl with the ties was probably my favorite one since it provides a lesson for such encounters and the nature of that type of girls is one that has always attracted me. Handsome Brown and his treatment by the Stroup family is quite ambiguous. Although Ma is always complaining about Pa's intentions to get him involved in his shady businessess and is trying to protect him, she never allows him to seat at the same table to eat with them and never gives him a respite from the daily chores. Morris Stroup's treatment to Handsome is definitely racist not to the degree of verbal abuse as shown by his convict brother Ned, but he uses him almost as a slave as it's clear in "Handsome Brown's Day Off". The story where he runs away and ends up working as a living target at a carnival made me laugh out loud. I know it's racist stuff but I could picture Pa winding his arm like those old times pitchers and throwing the baseball at the darkey face. The Birger Lundquist's illustrations that come in my 1950 Signet edition are great. As for making amends with the previous comment, the illustration of Handsome Brown in the story "The Day at Aunt Bessie's" while looking in dismay at the rubber boots is exactly the face of a Cuban girlfriend I had twenty years ago. No offense intended. The last story although slightly predictable wrenched my heart. I never liked the useless killing of animals to teach a lesson and what a lesson was taught to Morris Stroup. He surely paid in his most noble feelings for all his trespasses. Ma didn't show the same capacity for loving animals as with Pretty Sooky. I've had in my family this same callousness in women that are ignorant and beastly at least once in their lives.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This book's title is misleading. I had assumed it would be stories about a boy growing up in Georgia. Instead, the majority of the book focuses on his highly unlikable father--who is lazy, lies a great deal, dreams up really bad money making schemes and runs around on his wife. It's impossible to like a book when the main character is so thoroughly unlikable. To make matters worse, the lone African American character is written to be cringing, easily frightened and lazy. This book's title is misleading. I had assumed it would be stories about a boy growing up in Georgia. Instead, the majority of the book focuses on his highly unlikable father--who is lazy, lies a great deal, dreams up really bad money making schemes and runs around on his wife. It's impossible to like a book when the main character is so thoroughly unlikable. To make matters worse, the lone African American character is written to be cringing, easily frightened and lazy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joana Gomes

    Acabei-o hoje e achei que o livro é simples, de leitura fácil e agradável. Algumas partes divertem-nos muito e fazem-nos ter alguma ideia de como eram as coisas há uns anos nos "States", quando as carroças ainda eram puxadas por mulas. Acabei-o hoje e achei que o livro é simples, de leitura fácil e agradável. Algumas partes divertem-nos muito e fazem-nos ter alguma ideia de como eram as coisas há uns anos nos "States", quando as carroças ainda eram puxadas por mulas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    LF

    I liked this book, but it wasn't as good as some of his other work. The characters weren't as developed as they were in Tobacco Road or God's Little Acre. It's still a great read, though. I would definitely recommend. I liked this book, but it wasn't as good as some of his other work. The characters weren't as developed as they were in Tobacco Road or God's Little Acre. It's still a great read, though. I would definitely recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    AustinT

    2018

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Pretty much "Caldwell Lite." Not as good as his books, but not bad. Pretty much "Caldwell Lite." Not as good as his books, but not bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aki

    quite different from what i conventionally read..

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vadim

    very good

  24. 5 out of 5

    James

    Another eclectic work by Caldwell. In part, it is pretty hard to fully rate and review. On the one side, Georgia Boy can be seen as a compilation of short stories revolving around the same family unit all see through the eyes of a boy. The style is quite different in writing compared to the other bulk standard Caldwell works, you don’t seem to get the same Southern Drawl and makeup as the others. In part the stories had a light hearted comic twist to them. On the other side, if you take the boo Another eclectic work by Caldwell. In part, it is pretty hard to fully rate and review. On the one side, Georgia Boy can be seen as a compilation of short stories revolving around the same family unit all see through the eyes of a boy. The style is quite different in writing compared to the other bulk standard Caldwell works, you don’t seem to get the same Southern Drawl and makeup as the others. In part the stories had a light hearted comic twist to them. On the other side, if you take the book as a whole, it was very disjointed, didn’t flow fully, and, as true to form the same common themes ran through Caldwell’s works, that of desperation and depravity, the looser father who instead of knuckling down to work for a regular pay cheque, had and got all these grand schemes of making some money and each and every time none of them worked out. You have a family unit who the wife knew the husband was a looser, stuck around despite of this where drinking and sleeping with other women/ fooling around was the common theme and norm. Although raised, it was never fully touched upon, the themes of religion and its discord, the overwhelming of no one specific church but the multitude of them all vying for the congregation. There are and were deep resentments to Church and organised religion. The other theme as per many of his books was the farm hand, race and slavery. These themes you were aware of, but, never fully explored unlike in many of his other works, like ‘Trouble in July’, ‘Episode in Palmetto’ and ‘Journeyman’, but, if you read this from the point of view as through the eyes of a young boy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    A R

    Oxymoronic as it may seem, this collection of short stories is essentially a light-hearted and comic take on the moronic, racist and sexist attitudes of the old South. That said, to my mind, it does work. Read with a modern eye there is no doubt that some will be offended and put off. Story 10, Handsome Brown's Day Off, was the most off-putting in this manner and thankfully not all are as starkly unacceptable to modern readers as this. I found myself laughing regularly throughout the collection. Oxymoronic as it may seem, this collection of short stories is essentially a light-hearted and comic take on the moronic, racist and sexist attitudes of the old South. That said, to my mind, it does work. Read with a modern eye there is no doubt that some will be offended and put off. Story 10, Handsome Brown's Day Off, was the most off-putting in this manner and thankfully not all are as starkly unacceptable to modern readers as this. I found myself laughing regularly throughout the collection. Whether resulting from Morris Stroup's hare-brained schemes, the dialogue and actions between warring spouses or purely the darkly humorous situations that arise I honestly found this an amusing set of easily readable stories. Coming into this off the back of reading Tobacco Road I actually found this as cohesive overall. This is an easier read, though not necessarily 'better'. Nor would I say it is worse. I laughed out loud more often in Georgia Boy though maybe not as deeply as the infamous beginning of Tobacco Road with Jeeter and the turnips. I look forward to reading God's Little Acre and any other Caldwell books I get my hands on. Any recommendations from others would be gratefully received. Whilst Caldwell isn't my favourite Southern author I do think his work is worth reading for anyone interested in the 'Dirty South' or Southern Gothic and any other names given to this weird and wild genre.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Russell Bittner

    What we find in this collection of stories Erskine Caldwell has titled Georgia Boy is a certain simplicity, all of it relating to the same simple country-bumpkin family plus one adopted Negro orphan named Handsome Brown. A simplicity—and at the same time, a sordidness. In short, vintage Caldwell. “Pa said there wasn’t a finer cockalorum in the whole nation” (p. 160). One thing I’ve always liked about good writers is the opportunity they offer us to learn new words. “Cockalorum” is one such, a What we find in this collection of stories Erskine Caldwell has titled Georgia Boy is a certain simplicity, all of it relating to the same simple country-bumpkin family plus one adopted Negro orphan named Handsome Brown. A simplicity—and at the same time, a sordidness. In short, vintage Caldwell. “Pa said there wasn’t a finer cockalorum in the whole nation” (p. 160). One thing I’ve always liked about good writers is the opportunity they offer us to learn new words. “Cockalorum” is one such, at least for me—and, according to my dictionary, “a little cock, a bantam—hence, a self-important man, especially a small man.” If I had to choose three of my favorite stories from this collection—something I find difficult to do with Caldwell’s prose—I’d have to say (1) “Handsome Brown and the Woodpeckers”; (2) “My Old Man and the Gypsy Queen”; and (3) “The Time Handsome Brown Ran Away.” But the truth is, you can’t go wrong with Erskine Caldwell. And why it is that he doesn’t get William Faulkner’s ranking will always remain a mystery to me. For my money, he’s one better. RRB Brooklyn, NY 18 March 2018

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Beck

    Extremely witty short stories about the Stroup family. Pa Stroup is an unemployed loser always on the lookout for an easy way to make money without actually working for it. Shenanigans ensue. You never quite know with Erskine but I like to think that his portrayal of "Handsome Brown" is a sly way to highlight the racist attitudes rife in the 1950's. Handsome at least comes off as far wiser (while undergoing some less than savoury episodes) than the rest of the motley crew that Caldwell lampoons. Extremely witty short stories about the Stroup family. Pa Stroup is an unemployed loser always on the lookout for an easy way to make money without actually working for it. Shenanigans ensue. You never quite know with Erskine but I like to think that his portrayal of "Handsome Brown" is a sly way to highlight the racist attitudes rife in the 1950's. Handsome at least comes off as far wiser (while undergoing some less than savoury episodes) than the rest of the motley crew that Caldwell lampoons.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angelika

    The humour in these stories is mostly drawn from the fact that a country simpleton takes very bad decisions because he wants to earn a lot of money or he doesn't know any better. And even when he does he sometimes still sticks to his decision or lets the poor "Handsome Brown" (who knew it all along) take the brunt, which is quite painful and not very funny in most cases. However, the author probably succeeded in what he set out to do because the stories are supposed to be light entertainment, an The humour in these stories is mostly drawn from the fact that a country simpleton takes very bad decisions because he wants to earn a lot of money or he doesn't know any better. And even when he does he sometimes still sticks to his decision or lets the poor "Handsome Brown" (who knew it all along) take the brunt, which is quite painful and not very funny in most cases. However, the author probably succeeded in what he set out to do because the stories are supposed to be light entertainment, and the characters are supposed to be stereotypes. They are just not my cup of tea.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandro E. Riquelme

    Me gusto que con solo 14 relatos se ve reflejado los pros y CONTRAS de una época que saca a flor de piel toda clase de discriminación y que puede volver si no hay un dialogo no forzado para que esta parte de la historia no vuelva a repetirse

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Brannon

    A glimpse into the South of the 1930's. From todays perspective it can be infuriating, at times funny but overall a very good read. I am old enough to remember how things were at the tail end of those times. A glimpse into the South of the 1930's. From todays perspective it can be infuriating, at times funny but overall a very good read. I am old enough to remember how things were at the tail end of those times.

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