- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 32616 KB
- Print Length: 447 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520106491
- Publisher: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (29 Jun. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003UD7VOC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,193,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book starts off really well with parts that made me laugh out loud and for the first time in ages I gave that part of the book to someone to read.
Once the pictures of Flossie and her family came it went down hill from there, she spends multiple pages describing skits (acts) that they did and this soon becomes boring, I felt like she was just trying for the 200 page award.
The book ends up as a feel good book with Flossie learning to read and write at a grand old age of 40+ however I found the second half of the book hard to get through.
Good for a free read but all in all an OK book.
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While Flossie's mother tried to nuture Flossie and her siblings, the only use the father had for them was as part of the act.
This was a glimpse to African-American "Carny Life" as told by one who grew up in the life, and knew the ups and downs, the highs , the lows, the good, and the bad of the carnival life.
Although good money was made the majority of the time, the money never benefited the family, only the father's gambling addiction, making the family's life miserable.
This book details a part of African-American history I have only been given glimpes of previously. I read books about the great African-American entertainers, but I had never read one about the Afro-Americans on the carnival circuit until now.
Although there were a few errors in the book, I will put it down to the author having to most of the book from her memory, and a bit of lax editing. For instance in one chaper her Mom died at 52 next time it was 63.
Other than that, it was a great read.
But I don't want to critique their lives, only Flossie's writing; she had a co-author so I would have expected a little higher caliber in that department.
And the writing is why I drop it from the four stars I would like to rate it. The writing was at times a bit confusing, such as the events and time line around her mother's death. I thought she died at the young age of forty-three, but then Flossie states she was in her sixties. And sometimes the tense would change in mid-paragraph, so I had to re-read a passage to see if I had mis-read it the first time. I guess better editing would have helped.
And then Flossie's attitude at times confused me. She knew what each member of her family was like, how they used everybody they could, but she continually put herself in situations where they would use her, and then she complained about being used by those very people. Her heart seems to have been in the right place, but I found the "why me" tone of the book annoying.
All-in-all, it's worth reading, even just to educate oneself about an interesting time in history. You should read it.
(*edited 11/10/12; changed "twenty-first century" to "twentieth century," which is when they actually performed)
Her story is filled with moments of hilarity.. followed by times of extreme poverty. Never allowing anyone to know.. just how her father's gambling and drinking put them in such dire straits. Flossie only attended school for a few short months when she was a little girl. Her story is more about how she coped with not knowing how to read or write. She was born with amazing God given talents.. but, NOT educated on how to obtain financial security from her gifts.
I very much enjoyed the easy flow of the story. There were times.. one just wanted to reach out.. and thump her father. His addiction to gambling.. left the family destitute and without a safety net for the majority of their lives. He was a very selfish man.. but, he wasn't physically abusive like many of the other men in the circus. About the only blessing he was able to provide his wife and children.
Amazingly.. when Flossie was in her late sixties.. just by chance.. she moved to be closer to her son.. and finally learned how to read and write through the church. She always knew that not knowing how to read a contract resulted in the family act always being open to being screwed over by nightclub managers. I suppose the thing I found to be most shocking.. is that while her father wasn't educated.. her mother was.. and never taught her children how to read.
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