All Over But the Shoutin’ has ratings and reviews. Cheri said: Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his o. A common condition of being poor white trash, explains New York Times correspondent Bragg on learning he won a Pulitzer Prize last year, is that you are . Read free book excerpt from All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg, page 1 of 7 .

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I thought he would be the man and monster of my childhood. He was quickly promoted to regional correspondent for the South and moved to Atlanta. Then he would leave, without giving her a dime, without asking if we had food, without giving a damn. But the voice of the book is so thick with bitterness, resentment and, I’ll venture, insecurity.

I did finish this one so I guess that’s something. With better effect, I think. I feature, briefly, an alcoholic brother who seems to have absorbed the demons that killed my father in And his story is a compelling one, and an uplifting one.

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.

All Over but the Shoutin’ Summary & Study Guide

New York and the South and Haiti in the early-mid s. This is the second book I have read by Rick Bragg, and I’m sure I would enjoy about anything he writes. This shouyin has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Dec 05, Lorna rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a book about getting even with life.

Published inI 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 Bragv. In short, it’s pretty hard not to admire this guy after reading this. Bragg’s story or the way in which he so skillfully wrote it which really resonated with me; it was the way in which he seemed to be trying to make some sense of his life. I thought this was the best book that I had read in years.


His stories about working as a journalist are interesting too, but it was I read this after looking at it sitting on my then boyfriend’s bookshelf for years, and never considered it. Self promotion is an instant turn off so this was not a star book for me.

All Over but the Shoutin’ Summary & Study Guide

I am not trying to be melodramatic. 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 alll 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.

His ovsr is a model akl humility combined with pride in one’s accomplishments. Phrases like, “and it was the best story I ever wrote, so I am told. Bragg brings us a real worldview from inside the life of white trash. Zll surely had a southern way of talking and telling a story, but he limited the “rustic witticisms” and reserved the dialect for quoted dialogue. But for just a second, on that sand road in the middle of the scrub, I knew I had risked my life for five or six paragraphs.

I’d thought the main gist of the story was going to be about how hard things were growing up. His lines are to be remembered: Brash and wild like his father, Rick graduated from high school, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary.

At times he seemed to use those stories as a vehicle to look into his past to show the reader how far he had come.

The second half of the book was interesting but sometimes had the effect of being just a collection of his New York Times clippings from that time in his life. Which, essentially, is what my mom did for me a sacrifice that I took for granted.


Or do their different choices have more to do with temperament and character than with the hazards of fortune?

But I almost didn’t finish the first half of the book, vragg was written entirely in folksy dialect–as he later says, rustic witticisms. I read this one awhile back, and I loved it. I know his gravestone just reads Baby Bragg and my momma never mentioned him to us, for thirty years, but carried his memory around deep inside her, like a piece of broken glass. Read it Forward Read it first. That’s what I am looking for. This is what makes him a great storyteller.

I read this after looking at it sitting on my then boyfriend’s bookshelf for years, and never considered it. Bragg’s bloated, melodramatic prose and the massive chip on his shoulder made reading this book a chore.

I know enough to know to be grateful. 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 teh own life.

I think I was filling their white trash quota.

It is buut story of a young woman who absorbed the cruelties of her husband, an alcoholic, haunted Korean War veteran, until she could stand it no more, then gave up her whole life for her children. 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 al. If I had a dog, it would starve.