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All Over but the Shoutin'

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

One of my all-time favorites!

My Dad gave me this book years ago for Christmas when it first came out, saying "I'd never heard of it, but it seemed like it might be a good read." I was working in Bolivia at the time as a Peace Corps volunteer, and was thrilled to have some new reading material.

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My Dad gave me this book years ago for Christmas when it first came out, saying "I'd never heard of it, but it seemed like it might be a good read." I was working in Bolivia at the time as a Peace Corps volunteer, and was thrilled to have some new reading material.

I was blown away by the writing. The only way I can describe it is by saying that this book is like gourmet food. The way Rick Bragg puts things into words is so fresh and unique, and he described a world I didn't know but instantly felt a part of.

For me, this is one of those books I always return to and enjoy more and more. I'm purposely not sharing what happens in it, because it is such a treat to have the whole thing fresh and unexpected, and I don't want to mar the experience for any new readers. Plus any description I give would come across as deplorably flat. Like trying to describe the beauty of spring to someone who has only experienced winter - there are no proper words to describe the sensory lushness.

I lent this to a fellow volunteer/writer friend - who ultimately went on to become an established well-known newspaper reporter -- and he was equally smitten. "I just can't believe how good this guy is!" he shared. "Man, that's good writing." He went on to lend my book to another friend, who lent it to another. After a while, everyone lost track of where my copy was, it had been lent to so many. So I bought the first of many replacement copies. If you lend it out (which you will) don't expect to get it back.

Equally good is the prequel, Ava's Man.

My reporter friend was lucky enough to meet Rick Bragg once, and I hope to do the same some fine day, just to express to him how much I enjoy his work. (Again, the food metaphor -- if a meal is outstanding, I always seek the cook out.)

Get this! I'm a little jealous of you, reader. You get to read this for the first time. Enjoy every second and linger in the words ...

~Katrina

posted by Katrina_Shalom_Seach on May 18, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I don't like it

Okay maybe its because Im being forced to read this book, but I cant get past the second chapter. It doesnt entice me at all!!!!!

posted by Anonymous on August 11, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Not Every Book as Meaning

    Rick Bragg stated at the first of the book that the story did not mean anything he just wanted to show the reader how he lived. Bragg does a good job of showing us how he grew up and not everyone that grows up with nothing will have nothing when he grows up. I would only recommend this book fo those who like to read not for those who have to find something to read for school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    An okay story

    This story was almost very impossible to get into, I was kinda lost at the prologue. You have to pay very close attention to details within the story, because if you don't your destined to get lost in a hurry. The reason I gave this book three stars, because it wasn't the worst book I have ever read. But it also wasn't the best book I have ever read. Here are a couple of reasons that you might wanna pick this up. Bragg gives you a deep look into what it was like growing up without anything. He also tells the reader about his raggs to riches story, and about how his father left there family alone for many years. Once you actually get into the story this with be a real treat for you. Once you get into the last eight chapters or so that is when the story really starts pick up for the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    All Over but the Shoutin'

    I believe this book was okay for our study of the southern culture, yet I don't think it had an impact such as A Lesson Before Dying. Because it wasn't that interesting, it didn't grab my attention the way some of the characters were used in hte story were not as creative as Gaines. I feel that Bragg was in away trying to get the southern feel, but in Gaines story he put more emphasis in his characters and the story it self.

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