The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast.On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot As their marriage inspires a whirThe one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast.On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot As their marriage inspires a whirlwind of local gossip, fourteen year old Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal, and that s where his adventures begin.Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small town Southern life in a bygone era Brimming with characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Olive Ann Burns s classic bestseller is a timeless, funny, and resplendent treasure.
Cold Sassy Tree The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy Georgia is that word gets around fast On July scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy Georgia when the proprietor of the general store
For years, I had heard the best American novel set in the South was Gone with Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird, or recently, The Help and certainly these books have their contribution to literature you can read my reviews if you d like , but BY FAR, my favorite book ever set in the Southern United States is this one and only gem by the lovely Olive Ann Burns A joy to read, and re read, and share with all your friends, I give you my review of a story that is a treasured friend______________________ [...]
Do you enjoy a sweet story Are you a religious person with deep faith Do you enjoy books set in the South at the turn of the century Then this book is probably a good choice for you My own response to the two first questions is not affirmative, and that is why I cannot give it than two stars No, it is not a bad book It is fine, it s OK if a bit boring Although it gives a pretty good depiction of small town life in Georgia, it says nothing about racial inequities which of course still remained a [...]
My grandmother s favorite book of all time, so I have always wanted to read it This is such a great book It nearly ripped my heart out for making me think of my Grandmother It is about a 14 year old boy in 1906 Cold Sassy, Georgia The book centers on Will Tweedy s relationship with his grandfather and the small town scandal that begins when his grandfather remarries a young woman two weeks after his wife s passing The narrative is so witty and touching and it is written in such a strong southern [...]
1 star I really hated it.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 It includes something for everyone racism, sexism, chauvinism, religious prejudice, and yankeeism It is like an all you can read buffet of ignorance.But there s something for the romantics too A charming love story about a vile old adulterer, whom after lusting for years after a woman young enough to be his [...]
Cold Sassy Tree was Olive Ann Burns s debut novel, published as she turned 60, and I can tell you, she does not disappoint the reader She was a seasoned writer, but not a novelist, and clearly, she knew how to tell a story This book represents everything I love about reading and writing There s an old school feel here, an indescribable quality that takes me back to sitting in trees as a child, my back supported by the trunk and my young mind supported by whatever precious book I held propped in [...]
I actually really liked this book, but I think I enjoyed the cultural and historical aspects of it than the story, to be frank Burns paints a wonderful picture of life in a small and changing southern town in the early 20th century The depiction of the social tensions between the lintheads who work in the cotton mills and the rest of the town hit the nail on the head, in terms of the southern industrial mill era We also see the coming of the automobile and the way that the town is still stuck i [...]
This is the portrayal of the town of Cold Sassy, named for the huge Sassafras tree in its midst, which the inhabitants had frequently debated on renaming The time period is set in the early 1900 s in the South Initially I was annoyed by the use of the local vernacular and associated grammatical errors, but I gradually adjusted to it and accepted that it was an effective and necessary factor to the telling of the tale.The nub of the story is the coming of age of 14 year old Will The plot develope [...]
I enjoyed this book but it fell a little flat, it had some good parts but I was expecting because of the outstanding reviews The story is told out of the eyes of a young boy from a privileged family All of the characters lead back to his Grandfather and his fortune Just a little trite for me I think I was ruined by the absolutely wonderful bestseller, The Saving of CeeCee Honeycutt , another book set in the South.
This was a good, slow moving book I know that sentence didn t make sense but it does when you talk about this book.
I can t believe Janette only gave this book 3 stars I love this book, it s so delightful, the characters are so human with their fears, and pettiness and prejudices and lusts It had a lot of humor in it as well, like when the grandpa decided eloped with the millner hat maker 2 weeks after the grandma died, and his excuse was, she s as dead as she s ever gonna be But we didn t doubt his devotion to the grandma, because he completely lined her grave with cut roses from her rose garden It s just a [...]
One day in Geometry, one of my classmates was raving about this book Now, she wasn t really an avid reader, so I figured that hey, if she loved it and it got her to finish the book, it s probably pretty good.Fast forward years than I d care to admit and I ve finally read it Oh my I am so, so disappointed I understand that a lot of people love this book and that s great I m not attacking you or judging you or anything I m just saying that I really, really didn t like Cold Sassy Tree.The overall [...]
There is so much to love about this book The characters are vibrant, the language is rich and there are good life s lessons throughout but it s not preachy This is a story told with lots of humor although it does have it s tear jerker moments Young Will Tweedy is 14 at the turn of the century and is living in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia His grandfather causes an uproar in this sleepy little town by eloping with the beautiful young employee in his store That s bad enough but what really sets [...]
This book was an unsatisfying read I found the story, particularly the main story of an old man and a middle aged woman falling in love compelling and believable However, the book had some major flaws, in my opinion.1 The dialect is painful Cause if n you do, or if n you have a mind to after you git over bein so mad at him, why, we could git this n annulled Folks in Cold Sassy will have a good time talkin , but if you go on off to Texas, why, you won t have to put up with nothin on account of it [...]
It is a shame the literary world lost the talents of Ms Burns so early, but what a wonderful gem she left us I first read this book years ago, only to learn that the author passed away while writing her follow up This book still remains one of my all time favorites and it is the only other novel, besides To Kill A Mockingbird , that weaves a spell, through a child s point of view, of a fading southern way of life It shows both the idyllic southern childhood of a small town and the sadness of los [...]
I liked this book for a couple of reasons but first I gave it only 4 stars because I had a hard time with the southern writing trying to do the accent , it was a little distracting for me.What I did like was some of the religious views taught what might Jesus mean by ask and ye shall receive , the view of death and mourning It made me look a little at myself and see which character I fit the gossips of the town, the drama queen mother, the one willing to press forward cheerfully not matter how [...]
Wonderful work of Southern literature, set in Georgia in the late 1800s I actually enjoyed this even than I expected It will definitely be a new love of mine, in the same ranks as Gone with the Wind
I can t help but love Rucker Blakeslee with my whole heart, along with every other character in this book This is the witty coming of age story of Will Tweedy from Cold Sassy, Georgia He loves fighting, telling stories, and driving his daddy s cadillac, but most of all he loves his Grandpa Blakeslee They have a sweet relationship and although the story is filled with minor scandal 1920 s deep south kind of scandal and intrigue, the focus of the book is the relationship between a grandpa and his [...]
I read this one a few weeks ago and I loved the characters in this story because I could see a little bit of myself in each one of them It is a simple story about a boy named Will Tweedy in a small Georgia town in the early 1900s whose Grandpa remarries the young and very attractive milliner only three weeks after losing his wife The plot was so easy going and I really felt like I was watching a movie Burns did a great job with the southern accent it must have taken her forever to spell each wor [...]
I know many liked this book Though I did finish it, it just wasn t for me First of all, there was too much southern dialect in the writing I d willingly accept all dialogue to be in dialect, but much though not all of the first person narrative was also written in dialect Near the beginning of the book, and several times throughout, were references to damnyankees As an Alaskan, I understand I don t qualify as a yankee , but my great grandfather proudly served in the Union Army and I was deeply o [...]
I loved this book Such a sweet story I couldn t help comparing it with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn because 1 they both have tree in the title and 2 they re both a snapshot of life as told through the eyes of a young person But where Tree was such a chore to read, Cold Sassy was a pleasure The characters were vivid and fun and while they had their share of troubles they didn t drag down the entire book To top it all off I got to read with a southern accent, yes
Oh my What a find What a great book I need to look up which of my friends reviewed this and brought it to my attention Thank you I joined because I HAVE to read and want to read great books As I read the last page of this book, my first thought was, I love At a time when we are questioning our reverence for Confederate history, this book brings to light the heart of Confederate humility and loyalty This is a story of a young man, Will Tweedy, as he sorts out family values, community prejudices, [...]
I was extremely excited to read Cold Sassy Tree Southern fiction is one of my absolute favorite genres and certainly close to my heart since I am from the South I didn t know anything about the book before reading the summary Upon reading the summary, I anticipated a heavily plot driven story about the events after Mr Blakeslee marries Miss Simpson.The characters of Cold Sassy made the book for me, despite the fact I hated most of them In a way, though, I think the reader was supposed to hate so [...]
I really enjoyed this book, and it s one I think I will remember for a long time Set in small town Georgia 1906, it somehow reminded me of Annie Barrow s The Truth According to Us the same realistic writing style, small town family drama, and spot on characterization with a rich understanding of human nature It s a slow, relaxing, thought provoking read.
3.5 stars I really liked this book, but I found it much easier to listen to this book than to read it I grew up in the south, but I still had a hard time with the vernacular as it was written in this book The should would could of ones got me the most, than terreckly in place of directly , cain t in place of can t etc, because I kept thinking it sounds exactly the same if you write could ve , etc, so why purposefully write it wrong Listening to it was much less distracting I really loved the ch [...]
I can t describe how much I HATE doing it, but I had to quit this book a third of the way through I d expected, naively I suppose, for a bitter sweet, heartfelt novel along the lines of To Kill a Mockingbird the blurb on the front cover hinted that fans of Lee s book were in for a treat instead, I was soon driven mad by a contrived plot, full of nauseating sentiment and cheesy melodrama The plot is so contrived, in fact, that the narrator is constantly unable to explain how events he describes c [...]
Fantastic characters and a good plot I loved the setting, the old South, the gossipy small town and the funny, quircky, but very believable people This is an excellent picture of life at the turn of the century, including the advent of the automobile, electric lights and indoor plumbing It s also an interesting coming of age tale told by a 14 year old boy This book is excellent I was just a little surprised by the dark turn it takes toward the end Primarily because my kids had enjoyed listening [...]
Just finished Cold Sassy Tree.Excellent tiny insights into human nature in the 1906 South which speak volumes Told thru the eyes of a young boy, the story begins around the death of his grandmother This observant and sensitive boy seems to understand than most of the wagging tongues in his little town The book unwinds through an absolutely crucial year in the life of this boy the beginning of manhood through experiencing pain and understanding Someone wrote, it s a funny book about death Death [...]
Turn of the century coming of age story told a young adolescent boy, Will Tweedy, who sides with his curmudgeonly grandfather, a store owner bent on marrying a younger woman I don t know which is worse in the eyes of this small town Georgian life the fact that she is practically a Yankee or it is only two weeks after the death of his beloved grandmother.I had mixed feelings about some parts of it as there are some racial words and s that, in all honesty, were prevalent for that era Still, it is [...]
Another book on my quest to learn about Georgia and culture of the South And a great and enjoyable read it was Likeable, quirky characters, a lot of tongue in cheek humour as well as swift yet poignant enough action No wonder that it was made into a movie I can imagine it can be very good 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 It starts with a patriarch of the family announcing that he is [...]
My favorite book of all time It hits on all cylinders it s hilariously funny, it s poignant, it s sad, it s witty, it s a historical snapshot, it s quintessentially southern and perhaps those with a similar background will understand it best Maybe you can hear your relatives saying similar things I read it in 9th grade b c it was required reading, and I was never the sameI have read it multiple times I made my husband read it when we were dating The author and I were born on the same day July 17 [...]