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Ein Dorf voller Narren. Roman. (1984)

von Olive Ann Burns

Reihen: Cold Sassy (1)

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3,771792,530 (3.92)115
Modern times come to a conservative Southern town in 1906 when the proprietor of the general store elopes with a woman half his age, and worse yet, a Yankee. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.… (mehr)
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One of my all time favorite books. ( )
  PhyllisH | Sep 3, 2021 |
Wonderful! ( )
  SomeSwimmer | Jul 22, 2021 |
The characters of Grandpa and Will Tweedy are two of my favorites in all of literature. While the story sometimes stretches credulity to put Will Tweedy in a position to narrate, it is a convincing depiction of life in its joy, sorrow and messiness. ( )
  KateFinney | Jul 10, 2021 |
One of the "Southernest" Southern Fiction books I've ever read. It's a rambling sort of book. It doesn't tell one story, but a number of them, weaving in and out of each other. Because of this, even when it's at its best, the book doesn't propel the reader to the next chapter, because as often as not, the next chapter will totally change the subject. As such, it took me a while to plug through it, even though I mostly enjoyed it.
Will Tweedy is narrating the tale, telling about approximately one year, back when he was 14 years old, living in Cold Sassy, Georgia, in 1906. The central character of the book is Will's belligerent, demanding, outlandish, grandfather, who marries a woman who works in his store a few weeks after the death of his first wife. The scandal shocks the town and horrifies Will's mother, and his Aunt Loma. And that sets the first ball rolling for all that is yet to come. There are far too many little tales to mention them in a brief review. I would have liked to have gotten to know Lightfoot McClendon a little better though. ( )
1 abstimmen fingerpost | Sep 18, 2020 |
Read this years ago, but just re-read while listening to the audio. The story was so enriched because of the Southern accent.
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1 abstimmen Meladylo | Sep 12, 2020 |

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Three weeks after Granny Blakeslee died, Grandpa came to our house for his early morning snort of whiskey, as usual, and said to me, "Will Tweedy? Go find your mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma's and tell her I said git on down here. I got something to say. And I ain't a -go'n say it but once't."
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Modern times come to a conservative Southern town in 1906 when the proprietor of the general store elopes with a woman half his age, and worse yet, a Yankee. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.

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