Sunday, December 18, 2011
Tales of a Texas Boy by Marva Dasef
How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of "Tales of a Texas Boy," we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys books like "Little House on the Prairie" or "Tom Sawyer." A great bit of nostalgia for seniors, too.
West Texas during the Great Depression comes alive in this collection of short stories told from the point of view of a boy growing up there. Chores come first, but there’s time to play and be a boy, as well. There are also special times like when the carnival comes to town with the fighting bear, or when he gets to visit relatives over by the New Mexico border and collect bones with a real archeologist. There’s danger like when he and his sister try to ford a flooding river on the way to school because there’s no cutting when an education is a precious thing. I was immersed in Eddie’s life, and if the book had been much longer, I suspect I’d have picked up his idoms. Thnak you, Ms. Dasef, for introducing us to your father in such a wonderful way.