Loved taking walks and listening to this man recount not only his family's story, but one similar to many of us whose grans and great grans survived hard times. I laughed out loud one minute and discovered a lump in my throat the next. Funny one minute, poignant the next. A fresh honest narration with all the colorful language of the day. Rich and lush, I can't wait to enjoy his other works.
Rick Bragg is a great writer who captures the feeling of the southern life. His humble beginnings and deep love of family is an instant appeal. Grab a glass of sweet tea, sit down for a spell and enjoy reading anything Rick Bragg writes.
I have a biblical world view.
This makes me feel very humble. Better humble than proud. However the man made some bad decisions his life is a legacy that not many people can match. Put the drink down.
Oh. My. Word. I can hardly wrap my mind around how much I love this book. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author, in his wonderful Southern accent, which only served to immerse me even deeper into the story of Charlie, Ava's man (and the author's grandfather). The book was published in 2001, so it isn't new. But if you haven't read it, you should.
It is filled to the brim with wonderful turns of phrases that will make you not just fall in love with the people in the story but with their down-home language. One line from early in the book said that he died "soft and quiet, like a cat leaving a room." And another: "But when the spirit, or the liquor, moved him, he was one of the finest storytellers who ever lived in our part of the country ... A man who didn't need a gun to kill you because he was capable of talking you to death."
I wish my mom was still alive. She grew up in much the same time frame as Charlie and Ava, although not in the same area of the country. I wish I could ask her to tell me more about my grandfather, who died before I was born. Listening to Ava's Man made me want to plum my own family's stories about the Great Depression and the years that followed.
Read. This. Book. Even better, listen to it in the audio form.
If you were brought up in the South, then Ava's man is a MUST read. It's beautifully written and reminds you of all the stories you listened to growing up.
This book reminds me a little of The Secret Life of Bees.
Authenic story line.
The strength and struggle of American men during the early 1900's.
The author is the reader and makes this an even more enjoyable story.
Touching. Funny. Excellent.
too many to pick just one.
his accent gives flavor to the story. It adds a texture that fits with the region and the people that the story is about.
I recommend any and all books written by Rick Bragg. He is an excellent story teller.
Rick Bragg, telling this story about his family, particularly his grandfather, is honest, gritty, heartwarming, humorous... but mainly 'real.'
Bragg's ability to build characters that we can all relate to and have all had as family members ourselves is remarkable.
Charlie; he is both a hero and a scoundrel. But Ava too has her moments on center stage---particularly when she visits her baby daughter's grave after many decades have past since her child's death. Bragg's sensitivity to her feelings and the reaction of those who were with her is remarkable.