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Taps: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    I Wish It Was 200 Pages Longer

    I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, about an hour and a half north of Fisks Landing (Yazoo City). My mother and aunt have told me tales of the dances they attended on weekends when the 'boys form Yazoo City would attend.' My aunt has told me she knew Wille Morris during this time. This novel let me see what it was like during their 'growing up period'. Unfortunatly I have discovered the genius and whit of Willie Morris after his death. In the opening of his book 'My Mississippi' he describes the funeral of a member of the band that played at my wedding reception. One of my regrets in this life is that I did not cross paths with Willie.I am most certain that if he was friends with Charlie Jacobs, whose funeral he attended, he was a geat guy. This book is the best, a five star. My only objection is that it was not 200 pages longer. This was your best Willie. I'm sorry I never got to meet you in person, and have a drink of bourbon with you. Thanks, Scott

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    A great story about coming of age and remembrance

    I had seen the movie "My Dog Skip" and became interested in works by Willie Morris. Taps, although his last work, reminded me of a youthful time that is gone like Morris himself. It was moving and bittersweet. One of the best books I have ever read in my life. The story is so well crafted that it is so hard to put down. I felt as if I was with Swayze and Dusty on thier journey with Georgia, Luke, Arch, and Amanda. The characters are very well developed and put together. The story is well written and moving. This book is a real winner and I urge you to get it and read it. It will win your heart and leave you wishing for more Willie Morris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Thank you Willie

    I have just finished this amazingly beautiful and touching work of art. Most usually I read in a hurry to reach the end seeking to know. But I could not do that with "Taps" for I wanted it never to end, to be there the next day waiting. Such was my enjoyment. I would purposely put it down mid chapter so that I would have another opportunity to read from it's pages and not wanting to finish. And when I did reach it's climax it was with a good deal emotion, sadness and appreciation. Thank you Willie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    TAPS will serenade your heart.

    My mother is probably the biggest cheerleader that the state of Mississippi ever had. She also takes great pride in knowing all about the states famous authors from Eudora Welty, to Faulkner on through Grisham. I haven¿t always shared my mother¿s love for the ¿Magnolia State¿. However, as we all get a little older, we find things becoming near and dear to us that seemed trivial in our youths. When my mother handed me a clipped out article from the Tupelo, Mississippi newspaper on Willie Morris¿ TAPS, I reluctantly read it. Then I got the book. As a former band director turned media specialist (school librarian) this story got my attention. As a person who has stood in a cemetery and serenaded those lost in battle with taps, it grabbed my heart and held on. If you have ever heard the lonesome strains of taps, you should read this book. It¿s a story about a wonderful young man, his friends, his girl; the people of Fisk¿s Landing, Mississippi, and of course his dog. Unfortunately, it was Mr. Morris¿ final story before passing away in 1999. Thank you, Willie Morris, for a wonderful farewell gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2001

    As much poem as novel

    Tinged with elegiac feeling for the war-tossed small-town South of mid-century and with the memoirist¿s bittersweet impulse to prevent the younger self from making irreversible mistakes, Taps is as much a book of poetry as a novel of coming of age. The reader is borne along by the sheer felicity and dexterity of the writing as Willie Morris again proves, in his final work, that he was a grand master of the word.

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