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Posted January 18, 2008
A Tale That Looks to the Future, As Well As Remembers the Past
¿ I didn¿t want to be country anymore¿ -Clear Springs. Bobbie Ann Mason¿s book Shiloh, and other stories earned the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for fantastic works of fiction. Her memoir Clear Springs is her story about her growing up in Kentucky as a country girl who wanted more than a country life. She speaks about her family and their traditions and the struggles that people have to go through to hold on to these things, and portrays the worry you feel when you hear of the possibility that you might be losing everything you¿ve ever known because of change. She also shares the story of three generations of women: Bobbie, her mother, and her grandmother, from Bobbie¿s point of view. It shows Bobbie¿s struggles to find what she really wanted to do with her life as she moved ¿Up North¿, betraying the heritage of a farmer¿s daughter and going out to see the world. It tells about the suffering her mother faced, who would have probably left for the big city if she hadn¿t married early. And it tells about her grandmother, stuck to tradition, cautious, and who despised change. This book shows that Bobbie Ann Mason wasn¿t just an author, a shadow of a being without a past, just a being that wrote for whatever reason. Bobbie Ann Mason was a person with feelings and dreams and doubts, just like all of us. Her tale has pain, and sadness, and loss, as well as the triumph and happy moments. It captures that urge that every young person has, when they want to just leave the nest behind and go out and see the world for themselves that feeling of curiosity as to how far we can go and what we can accomplish in our lives. Something I¿ve noticed most adults lose at a certain age. Her memories of childhood are vivid and detailed. Thus, like the fiction she writes, her story is moving and real: something we can all relate to, no matter what age we are. I know that anyone who has felt that they wanted more in their lives than what they have, may it be to travel, or to have more materialistic things, or, to just have a different family, will love this book. I know I did, and I can tell you, I will definitely read it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2001