Genre: Humour & Comedy
Publication date: May 28, 2020
Publisher: Covenant Books
Just like the synopsis says, the anecdotes in this book may not be laugh-out-loud funny but they are amusing enough to elicit the occasional chuckle. The author has narrated stories from his childhood and youth in an endearing manner (talks about “whuppin'” a lot), which reminds me of the stories my grandfather and mother used to tell me.
These stories have a sepia quality about them and talk about old times when there was no indoor plumbing, no digital screens to distract children, and people would live by the “waste not, want not” mantra.
My favorite stories in this collection are The Critter in the Hen House, The City Cousin (really, really funny!), How to Fix Food, Every Father’s Question, and The Bi-Annual Physical.
Even though I belong to a different part of the world, I found these stories (set in west Texas mostly) very interesting and I did a Google search for some of brand names I did not recognize.
It seems like the author was an adventurous, enterprising, and naughty child and he lived a country life, away from the hustle and bustle of noisy, fast cities. I enjoyed the farm stories the most. One of the lovely lines I found: “…we learned from the time of toddlers to NEVER kill anything for the sake of killing and that all creatures were God’s gifts. The only time you kill is for food…”
Some more gems:
“Every man knows that to truly be a man, you must know how to make home repairs to the satisfaction of your spouse or significant other, or at least act like you can.”
“Wives are a wonderful thing but don’t think for a moment that they are helpless little creatures. If they were put in a combat situation, there would be no prisoners taken and the wounded would be bayonetted.”
He talks about hardships in a humorous manner, suggesting that this was how things were done in his day and people did not complain about it–they just made the best of whatever they had.
The author also talks honestly about his experiences and his opinions without worrying about being politically correct. He is sporting enough to laugh at his own shortcomings and mistakes (read: disasters!). This is a refreshing change from everyone trying to say the right things all the time. Granny (and her rule of law) is my favorite character.
The stories sound like the author wrote them down just as he would narrate them to an eager group of listeners–unedited and unpolished. You can consider this a positive or a negative, but I liked this rough writing style.
I’d recommend Ramblings of an Old Poot wholeheartedly for some light, happy reading that doesn’t expect any exertions from the reader.
(I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)
Everyone needs a giggle occasionally, maybe these will help. This collection of humorous short stories are mostly true events during my life to date. You may not laugh so hard that tears run down your leg but I hope they do. I have always enjoyed a good story and loved to listen to my parents and grandparents tell the tales from their youth. The stories were always voiced but not written and with age, the memories of the tales fade and become obscure. Perhaps my children, grandchildren, and future generations will read these tales and smile. Perhaps others will read them and smile as well. Life is hard and, it seems, smiles are further apart. I pray these stories put a grin on your face.
Someone said, “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” This should apply to us all.
About Daniel Harry
Author of The Jesus Ring and Ramblings of an Old Poot, and Shadows. Daniel Harry lives in Seabrook, Texas, with his wife, Cathy. Daniel has written many humorous short stories and just completed a new horror novel Shadows.
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