In short, I think I need to read more family-oriented books in developing areas more often. The characters I did like, the descriptions, and the heartfelt moments made this book still worth reading. It's a decent story of life in a small Georgia town just after the beginning of the 20th century and with all the busybodies in the town it reminds me why my skin crawls when I think of living in a small town. Will shares with us his dreams, his pranks, his mourning of a best friend, the loss of his grandmother, his being the first young man in his community to drive an automobile, and his first kiss. Cast Cast overview, first billed only:.
My own response to the two first questions is not affirmative, and that is why I cannot give it more than two stars. The story is narrated through the eyes of a precocious fourteen year old, and takes place in Cold Sassy, a small town in Georgia in 1906 and 1907. The story is told out of the eyes of a young boy from a privileged family. I could not have done what this author did. Ruff Copyright ©2005 TheBestNotes, All Rights Reserved.
Will's thoughts and observations were sometimes humorous and gave a lot of insight into southern life at the turn of the century. Religion: Let's just say that I wouldn't say Will's grandfather had sound theology, and there were a lot of theological monologues in this book. His should have been superb, but it fell flat next to Burns'. It is a novel about an old man growing young, a young man growing up, and the modern age coming to a small southern town, bringing with it violence and sadness, often in the name of progress. It starts out seeming like a fun and amusing Southern novel set in a small town - and it is - but the farther and farther you get, the more you uncover almost unexpectedly themes of hypocrisy, depression, jealousy, legalism, love, regret and a few others that would ruin the plot surprises if I mentioned them. Unlike Scout and Atticus, none of the characters had any redeeming qualities, and in fact were all pretty detestible in their own way.
But I can say, 'Please, God, comfort me,' and I'll get heart's ease. Told thru the eyes of a young boy, the story begins around the death of his grandmother. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. This Sex Which Is Not One. This book is the story of a boy named Will, and his coming of age in a Southern town at the turn of the 20th century. The characters are richly drawn, and cover the gamut of personalities. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience.
This book took me by surprise. There ended up being just a few sentences I had to reread a few times. Anyway his thinking was progressive for the town and being a leader he was an agent for change whether they his family and the town wanted to or not. But where Tree was such a chore to read, Cold Sassy was a pleasure. The plot of this book is basically Will Tweedy eavesdropping on Miss Love and Mr. It is like an all you can read buffet of ignorance.
The events subsequent to this scandalous event changes Will's outlook on life forever. This is not only a coming-of-age story, but also a story of how it is to grow old. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. The suicide scene is shocking, with no foreshadowing, and is completely without purpose. I should point out that I live in Pennsylvania and have been here my whole life, so for an author to have me thinking in a deep Georgia accent is impressive. A long, boring soap opera about small minded, judgmental, gossipy people in a backwoods town that specializes in making a full blown scandal over every petty incident.
Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. She wrote Cold Sassy Tree when she was in her fifties, a project that she undertook shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. I had expected a whirlwind of events and scandals, but really not much happened in the book. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. Young Will Tweedy is 14 at the turn of the century and is living in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. And yet, with very few exceptions I was able to follow the meaning in sentences without getting lost. One day in Geometry, one of my classmates was raving about this book.
When Jesus said ast and you'll get it, He meant things of the spirit, not the flesh. No one's character is further developed through it. When a chapter ends suddenly and with a bold statement of foreshadowing then proceeds to pick back up right where the other chapter left off, it really draws back my focus. There are hypocrites galore in this book. Those words were worse than nothing if I didn't tell what they meant to Grandpa. The plot, the developed characters, the author's successful use of Voice, the likable narrator. Oh, yeah, and to comment on the title: in the book it is quite relevant, but in the movie it is explained in the opening narration and not mentioned again.
The book unwinds through an absolutely crucial year in the life of this boy--the beginning of manhood through experiencing pain and understanding. He announces he has married a woman much younger than he, not 3 weeks after he buried his wife. Overall, I really enjoyed Cold Sassy Tree. It's a decent story of life in a small Georgia town just after the beginning of the 20th century and with all the busybodies in the town it reminds me why my skin crawls when I think of living in a small town. Blakeslee, not telling anyone what they said, and making up outlandish stories about Loma. The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around—fast. Will has a special friend among them.