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Ava's Man

por Rick Bragg

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No one writes about the South like Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin). Once again, he lends his voice to the working people of the deep South, and tells the story of a memorable figure in a singular time-a man on a lost stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border. The Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author of All Over But the Shoutin' continues his personal history of the Deep South with an evocation of his mother's childhood in the Appalachian foothills during the Great Depression, and the magnificent story of the man who raised her. Rick Bragg brings his astonishing gift for story-telling to the tale of his grandfather, a man who kept his family one step ahead of poverty and starvation during the decade of the Great Depression. Charlie Bundrum was a roofer, a carpenter, a bootlegger, and a fisherman. He could not read, but he asked his wife, Ava, to read him the paper every day so he would not be ignorant. He was a man who took giant steps in rundown boots, a true hero whom history would otherwise have overlooked. A portrait of an ineradicably memorable figure in a singular time, a moving reflection on home and family and on the author's own connection to a lost stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border, Ava's Man is Rick Bragg at his stunning best.… (mais)
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Heart felt story. If I hadn't read "All's over but the Shoutin " first I probably would have given it a 5 star. "All's over but the Shoutin " is the better work.

It's difficult to reach back in time, recent times particularly - times almost remembered. My parents grew up in Alabama during the great depression. I was talking to my father not long before he died at 81. He spoke a little of the hardness, but he was overcome by misery by the memories of the boys - black boys - who were his friends. He started crying as he told me they were so hungry they were eating worms.

It would take thousands of such stories to tell the misery of the depression. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
As an amateur family historian I have a passion for finding the stories of our ancestors and using them to bring those people back to life. [author:Rick Bragg|31122], with this tribute to a grandfather he never met, has succeeded in doing this in a manner that far exceeds anything I could ever hope to do. Nobody in his family would tell him about Charlie Bundrum, his maternal grandfather. From what little they let slip from time to time, he knew that they weren't ashamed of him. It mystified Bragg that in a family of such prolific storytellers, everyone was profoundly mum on this one subject. He began to question everyone he knew about this mysterious grandfather or his and slowly came to realize that the sheer presence of this man was so powerful that his family still couldn't bear to think that he was gone decades after his passing. "What kind of man was this," Bragg wondered, "who was so beloved, so missed, that the mere mention of his death would make them cry forty-two years after he was preached into the sky?

"A man like that...probably deserves a book."


And so began Bragg's efforts to resurrect his grandfather, an effort so successful that I, a reader with no connection to his family or the life and times he led, felt that I knew him intimately and at the end I, too, wept unashamedly for this man who left this earth about the time I was born. There is no better example of the family historian's art than this. Maybe it doesn't list all the dates that places where people were born and died but it raises the dead, and you cannot ask for anything more than that.

I once said that Rick Bragg was my favorite living southern author. After saying that, I paused and added that I wasn't even sure that the words favorite and living were all that necessary.

This book has my highest recommendation. ( )
  Unkletom | Dec 22, 2018 |
In this fine companion piece to “All Over But the Shoutin’,” Rick Bragg continues to explore the history and times of his family, this time concentrating on the grandfather who died before Bragg’s birth – “for which I will never forgive him.”

Charlie Bundrum was a descendant of French Hugenots, “men who had starved across the water, came to the foothills to farm, log hardwoods and pine, strip-mine granite, make whiskey, raise kids, hunt deer, breed hunting and fighting dogs, preach, curse and brawl.” And he himself did several of those things, with a determination and honesty and grit, looming large in the family history.

But “Ava’s Man” is the history of more than one family. It is the history of a region – the Georgia-Alabama border country – and of the hard times that just got harder during the Great Depression, which came early and stayed late in those piney-woods.

Always loving, always lyrical, even when describing fistfights, feuds, and occasional brushes with the law, “Ava’s Man” sings a uniquely American song; one whose chords will resonate with the reader long after the book is closed.
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  LyndaInOregon | Dec 14, 2018 |
Bragg at his very best. I chased lightning bugs around a few men like his grandpa Charlie when I was much younger, but their species is almost extinct from what I can tell. I'm glad Charlie has a grandson who could so eloquently capture him so future generations will have some chance to know his kind--even if it is only on paper. Make a fresh batch of biscuits and settle in for a terrific read. ( )
  dele2451 | Nov 27, 2018 |
This former Pulitzer prize winning writer (now somewhat disgraced after a scandal!) wrote about his life and his poor mother who lived a hard miserable life in the mountains, a book called "All Over But The Shouting". One character in that book stood out, his moonshine maker grandfather, a movie-ready character if there ever was one! This book is about him, his life, and how the world was changing all around him. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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No one writes about the South like Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin). Once again, he lends his voice to the working people of the deep South, and tells the story of a memorable figure in a singular time-a man on a lost stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border. The Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author of All Over But the Shoutin' continues his personal history of the Deep South with an evocation of his mother's childhood in the Appalachian foothills during the Great Depression, and the magnificent story of the man who raised her. Rick Bragg brings his astonishing gift for story-telling to the tale of his grandfather, a man who kept his family one step ahead of poverty and starvation during the decade of the Great Depression. Charlie Bundrum was a roofer, a carpenter, a bootlegger, and a fisherman. He could not read, but he asked his wife, Ava, to read him the paper every day so he would not be ignorant. He was a man who took giant steps in rundown boots, a true hero whom history would otherwise have overlooked. A portrait of an ineradicably memorable figure in a singular time, a moving reflection on home and family and on the author's own connection to a lost stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border, Ava's Man is Rick Bragg at his stunning best.

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