All Over But the Shoutin'

All Over But the Shoutin The story of a violent war haunted alcoholic father and a strong willed loving mother who struggled to protect her three sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had tainted her own life

  • Title: All Over But the Shoutin'
  • Author: Rick Bragg
  • ISBN: 9780679774020
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a violent, war haunted, alcoholic father and a strong willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her three sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had tainted her own life.The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for storytelling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here broughThe story of a violent, war haunted, alcoholic father and a strong willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her three sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had tainted her own life.The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for storytelling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here brought to bear on the wrenching story of his own family s life It is the story of a violent, war haunted, alcoholic father and a strong willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her three sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had tainted her own life It is the story of the life Bragg was able to carve out for himself on the strength of his mother s encouragement and belief.

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    1. Onvan : All Over But the Shoutin' - Nevisande : Rick Bragg - ISBN : 679774025 - ISBN13 : 9780679774020 - Dar 329 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1997

    2. Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his own past, and while it may be foreign from my own, it is a background I am very familiar with. Southern roots run deep, they ran deep in my grandparents, and in my father’s distant memories, that grew less a part of him as he flew all those miles trying to put it behind him. Poverty isn’t about location. It isn’t only found in Bragg’s hometown. Alcoholics are everywhere. Abusive husbands and fathers are rarely new [...]

    3. I decided to re-read this one, as it was the July pick for the group On the Southern Literary Trail. I first read it when it was just published and since have read the other two family memoirs he's written, "Ava's Man", the story of his grandfather and his mother's family, and "The Prince of Frogtown" the story of his alcoholic father. Rick Bragg is a poet who just happens to put everything down in prose.He is a proud Southerner who has found a way to get past his young shame at being poor and u [...]

    4. This book was difficult to read. Not because of the descriptions of poverty, but because of the author. Bragg's bloated, melodramatic prose and the massive chip on his shoulder made reading this book a chore. What is the unholy attraction to one-line paragraphs? The godawful overwritten and pompous (humble beginnings, perhaps, but certainly not humble endings) narrative made me nauseous. The writing reminded me of Tuesdays With Morrie, another book that could have been decent if not for the melo [...]

    5. This book is FILLED with wonderful imagery and is the memior of New York Times write Rick Bragg. Here's a quotation: "This is not an important book Anyone could tell it, anyone who had a momma who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes, who picked cotton in other people's fields and ironed other people's clothes and cleaned the mess in other people's houses, so that her children didn't have to live on welfare alone, so that one of them could climb up h [...]

    6. I am a Yankee (although I now live in the South), and this book darn near killed me. It made me cry just about every time I picked it up. I still get weepy just thinking about how his momma came to New York, or when she stood up to his daddy after pouring out his moonshine and said, "just don't hurt my teeth." Some may find Bragg's writing unbearably over-the-top in its aw-shucks Southernness, but if simple lines like that don't punch you in the gut, you could possibly be made of stone.

    7. Literature of the American South has always been a favorite of mine. Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Tennessee Williams -- not only is their work spiritually and emotionally complex, it's heady with a feeling of place. In the first quarter of this book, Rick Bragg replicates that feeling almost better than the classics. While all of the authors mentioned above capture the South in a way that feels real, none of them have made me feel so truthfully how alien the rural, poor Southern upbrin [...]

    8. Rick Bragg would get five stars for telling a good story. The fact of the matter is he got the Pulitzer Prize for telling good stories. I even liked most of his stories, even the ones about alligators. But I actually give him three stars because I did often wish that he wouldn’t be such a good ole boy and would just get to the point. The sad thing is that his mother had a really hard life and there wasn’t really very much he did to make it better. Sure, he saved his money and bought her a ho [...]

    9. I read this one awhile back, and I loved it. I tend to like confessional autobiographies that don't shy away from flaws and shortcomings, and so I tend to be partial to works that are. Bragg's book is all that and then some--growing up poor in Alabama, small town with the those who have too much and those who have too little, and having to deal with it with the support of his mother. It's tough writing, gritty, and in your face with no apologies and lots of personal pain. GREAT!(yeah, I know thi [...]

    10. minimalist, naturalist, with indeterminate ending - the ending doesn't sit right, but it's a fine essay A young man comes to see his dad for the last time, and they can only communicate through the inanimate objects and old stories, so they can't talk about their feelings. Right, like the dad wanted to or the son could. But the son, many years later, says he is still a prisoner of that last meeting. I guess he should go out more often, but more likely, he was just trying for a good ending.

    11. There are books you read that not only make you grateful for what you have, but especially for what you haven't, or more correctly what you never thankfully experienced.Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize Winner for news editorials, touches you to the bone and breaks your heart ever so silenty with his memoirs of growing up in poverty, alcoholism and abuse on account of the father, but love as you've never read on account of the mother.This is not a rags to riches story but one of rising from the ashes t [...]

    12. As much as I love Southern literature, I hated this one. His mother strikes me as a lazy, nasty woman who did not discipline her rotten boys or teach them manners. The author seems to say, "Hey, look at me, how much better I am than anyone!!! I'm SMARRRRTTTT!" I got so bored with his writing that if I ever get a hold of this guy, I will choke him. . . I mean it. I actually thought about using the pages as toilet paper, but alas, I used it for kindling instead. Not really. No matter how bad a boo [...]

    13. This is the second book I have read by Rick Bragg, and I'm sure I would enjoy about anything he writes. Ava's Man was about his family. This book honors his Mother, but is more of a memoir, with examples of the articles from his career as a reporter. Rick acknowledges the motivations that took him from poverty to "respectability". AP awards and Pulitzer Prizes were one of his motivations, but the desire to "make his Mother proud" was primarily what drove him to excellence in his field. There wil [...]

    14. I read this after looking at it sitting on my then boyfriend's bookshelf for years, and never considered it. In a desperate fit of needing something to read, I picked it up, and it instantly became my favorite book ever. I don't think it still is--it was more a function of what I wanted at the time. But for a long time I thought that if people wanted to understand how I felt about my mom they'd just have to read this book.His stories about working as a journalist are interesting too, but it was [...]

    15. I have been reading a lot of memoirs over the past few months and All Over but the Shoutin' is by far, the best I have read (and I've read a lot of good ones, by the way!). Journalist Rick Bragg takes us from his difficult childhood in Alabama characterized by poverty and the abandonment by his very troubled alcoholic father to his early adult life as a reporter and eventually to his work at the New York Times for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.It wasn't just Mr. Bragg's story or the way in which [...]

    16. One of my favorite genres is the memoir and this one tops my list. You could say it is the Southern version of Angela's Ashes, written by a son in tribute to his mother.Bragg is a "good ole boy" whose narrative voice is as thick and Southern as sweet tea. He and his two brothers grew up dirt poor in Alabama with a long suffering mother and a ne'er do well father. Rick is the brother who made good, becoming a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. But no matter where his stories took him - to major c [...]

    17. A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of Annie Proulx' "memoir" (er, whine session) "Bird Cloud", where I commented that after reading it, she'd be the very last person I'd care to meet in person. The very polar opposite of that book (and that author's life-of-privilege bitching and moaning) is the exuberantly triumphant, life-affirming "All Over But the Shoutin'". After reading this memoir, not only do I want to meet Rick Bragg (its author), I want to spend hours picking his brain, shoot some hoops [...]

    18. Bragg is a good writer and can conjure up a sentiment and atmosphere, no problem. But I almost didn't finish the first half of the book, which was written entirely in folksy dialect--as he later says, rustic witticisms. 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, like me, think it's distracting to pack QUITE so much down home flavor into EVERY sentence. Having recently read Mark Twain's autobiogr [...]

    19. Published in 1998, I believe, this memoir describes the author's childhood growing up very poor in rural Alabama and his path towards becoming a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at the New York Times. The final chapters are absolutely beautiful and it was nice to end the book on a high note, because parts of the story became very stale for me. I give the author a lot of credit for being honest about himself and his weaknesses (the chip on his shoulder about growing up poor and not having access [...]

    20. I thought this was the best book that I had read in years. Rick Bragg simply tells the story of his life, his father, mother, and his brothers. It was not a happy life, but he's not complaining. It's more like a tribute to his mother, how she just kept going, through often horrible difficult times. Bragg is a journalist, and how he got into that field could have made a good book all by itself. While it's about a lot of difficult times, it's a beautifully written story that make your heart glad. [...]

    21. Written as a reporter, purely autobiographical yet authentic with self-censoring fairness. I will read the others in this series.

    22. A memoir written by journalist Rick Bragg of his life in northeastern rural Alabama. Poverty and an abusive alcoholic father are hard to overcome, but with the help of his dedicated, loving and hard working mother and her family, he is able to find a way to a job in journalism writing first for his school paper and then moving up through different papers to the New York Times and even a Pulitzer Prize. Bragg’s writing is superb and within the first few paragraphs I had a lump in my throat whic [...]

    23. I wish I could give this book a higher rating. Many people swear by it, and it was a good read. But I fear I've been focused too heavily on the craft of memoir writing the last two years, because while reading I kept seeing so much more the author could have done with it.The opening is one of the best I've ever seen in a memoir. It sets just the right level of humility while making me curious about his poor upbringing, his saintly mother, and his demon father. And his story is a compelling one, [...]

    24. I too am Southern like Mr. Bragg. I love the cadence and melody of a southerner's storytelling. It fills my soul. I am proud if my heritage; the good, the bad, and the horrible. This kind of history creates amazing, visceral stories and truly strong, faithful humansAnd of course it can beautiful, strong southern men who love their strong beautiful southern mamas.

    25. This is actually my second time reading this excellent book. With his descriptions (i.e. "where the wallpaper hung like dead skin"), you get a wonderful visual of the heart-wrenching story he tells of growing up very poor in Alabama and his unlikely climb to a Pulitzer Prize winner. At the center of this story are the sacrifices of his mother, who was often mistreated by her often-drunk husband, and left for long periods of time with no way to support her children. There were times she would fle [...]

    26. I had a love-hate relationship with this book, and I have now divorced it about halfway through. He's a lovely storyteller, but I found his stories did several bad things for me:- Reinforced all my negative stereotypes about southerners.- Made me feel helpless in the face of class barriers, which no one in his book really overcame. Even him.- Reminded me how much I dislike memoirs. He claims it is not a sob story, but the reality does not support his claim.Now I can get back to reading "Edgar Sa [...]

    27. mulibiiidbrshall:80/recSelf-described paid-storyteller and Pulitzer-Prize-winning-narrative-journalist, Rick Bragg has used the storytelling techniques he learned from his people to write two best-selling memoirs that redefine the boundaries of the genres of memoir and creative nonfiction. His speakerly texts combine the voices of the working class of the Alabama foothills of Appalachia, his own voice as a member of this culture, and his narrative journalistic voice. In his works, Bragg has mana [...]

    28. Jennifer leant this book to me. This is a wonderful memoir from a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who grew up in poverty in Alabama in the 50's & 60's. It is a tale of how God-given talent and a fierce human spirit can triumph over circumstances and against the odds. And it's a love letter to good mamma's everywhere.

    29. Brash, strong Southern voice, compassionate picture of a mother doing her best to make do for her three boys and an alcoholic father who disrupted their lives.

    30. Maybe my favorite all time book. And it's Bragg not Broggs. Life in the poverty ridden south told by this generations Faulkner

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