READER ´ DOC Cold Sassy Tree 9780385312585 Ó OLIVE ANN BURNS

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READER ´ DOC Cold Sassy Tree 9780385312585 Ó OLIVE ANN BURNS Ó The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy Georgia is that word gets around fastOn July 5 1906 scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy Georgia when the proprietor of the general store E Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Miss Love Simpson He iThe one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy Georgia is that word gets around fastOn July 5 1906 scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy Georgia when the proprietor of the general store E Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Miss Love Simpson He is barely three weeks a For years I had heard the best American novel set in the South was Gone with Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird or recently The Help and certainly these books have their contribution to literature you can read my reviews if you'd like but BY FAR my favorite book ever set in the Southern United States is this one and only gem by the lovely Olive Ann Burns A joy to read and re read and share with all your friends I give you my review of a story that is a treasured friendAfter reading the book jacket I approached this recommendation with a hrmph as my mind jumped ahead to hurl the first sentence of my review life was pretty good in the south after the Civil War as long as you weren't black or poor uite frankly I had been wrestling with the injustice of racism and was in no mood either appreciate the segregated culture of the south in which it persisted or to see it romanticized But then I started reading and I was captivated The humor of the story and the joy of life of the characters gave the book a clean feel of a simpler time as it unwound from the pages to ensnare my heart with a great grand ole yarn Yet at the same time running like a deep auifer alongside a jolly racing blue thread of a river themes about death young old suicide are all covered grieving God love gained and lost abuse depression and forgiveness are watering the story with a life that is penetrating to the soul You might not notice it though for all the fun in the visible flow of storiesIt is a sad reality that colored folk are an unalterable part of the setting and they are true to life pictured as a community apart that get the lower jobs However they are respected by the main characters for the contribution they make to their lives and their families The theme of racism is not explored References to the lost Civil War and glory of the confederacy are mentioned merely as the way of life at the time not as ideas to be pondered developed or embraced White trash is also touched upon as a class and in many ways treated worse than the colored folk The end of the book for me was a revelation of the deep ideas highlighting a tapestry of narrative and dialogue and it stuck with me I will remember the character of Grandpa E Rucker Blackslee for a long time he challenged me during a difficult period of my life and I think I'm better for itA note on recommendations I highly recommend this book The main characters include both male and female I think both men women would enjoy this read However because of a reference to abuse which is tactfully dealt with I would reserve the book for high school and aboveGone with the Wind Mitchell 1936httpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowTo Kill a Mockingbird Lee 1960httpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowThe Help Stockett 2009httpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowFor a completely different subject by an author that reminds me of Olive Ann Burns diligent writing style poured into a few exceptional titles seeCity of Tranuil Light Caldwell 2010

EBOOK Ý Cold Sassy Tree ç Olive Ann Burns

Entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small town Southern life in a bygone era Brimming with characters who are wise and loony unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent Olive Ann Burns’s classic bestseller is a timeless funny and resplendent treasur This is the portrayal of the town of Cold Sassy named for the huge Sassafras tree in its midst which the inhabitants had freuently debated on renaming The time period is set in the early 1900's in the South Initially I was annoyed by the use of the local vernacular and associated grammatical errors but I gradually adjusted to it and accepted that it was an effective and necessary factor to the telling of the taleThe nub of the story is the coming of age of 14 year old Will The plot developed slowly but I became invested in the characters of Will and his family especially his grandfather and his grandfather's second wife Burns has also drawn a clear picture of his neighbors and friends Typical of small town southern life there was the gossip the exaggerated sense of morality and certainly the lack of privacy in actions and thoughts It was impressive to view the development of historical events first cars first bathrooms first running water clothing and early motor cars It was a simpler time in some respects but a difficult time because people had to do so much physical labor just to live and the lacked materials which are so prevalent in modern life Burns has blended much humor with periods of suspense and principals of wisdom It is a lengthy book but it contains much to draw in the reader Members of my local book club enjoyed this with few exceptions and we had an extensive discussion period Also of interest was the fact that Olive Burns wrote this her first book at the age of 60

Olive Ann Burns ç Cold Sassy Tree KINDLE

Cold Sassy TreeWidower and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot As their marriage inspires a whirlwind of local gossip fourteen year old Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal and that’s where his adventures begin Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably My grandmother's favorite book of all time so I have always wanted to read it This is such a great book It nearly ripped my heart out for making me think of my Grandmother It is about a 14 year old boy in 1906 Cold Sassy Georgia The book centers on Will Tweedy's relationship with his grandfather and the small town scandal that begins when his grandfather remarries a young woman two weeks after his wife's passing The narrative is so witty and touching and it is written in such a strong southern dialect that I found myself thing in terms of dern it and I reckon I cried for the last 50 pages and wanted my Grandmother to be here to hug me and tell me she loved me at the end