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The Tangierman's Lament: And Other Tales Of Virginia

Go where the story is--that’s one tenet of journalism Earl Swift has had little trouble living up to. In two decades of covering the commonwealth, Swift has hiked, canoed--even spelunked--a singular path through Virginia. He has also stopped and listened. This collection brings together some twenty Virginia tales wherein hardship is revealed as tragedy, and humor appears as uncanny, illuminating s...

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: University of Virginia Press; First Paperback Edition edition (February 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780813929743
ISBN-13: 978-0813929743
ASIN: 0813929741
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
Amazon Rank: 526768
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The classes listened well and truly understood. But it must be said that this literary flight is, simply put, more odd and curious than grand or tragic or majestic or poetic. If there was a basis for giving a book 6 stars, I would give it to this book. A muddy photograph of Civil War Fredericksburg shares space with Huddleston's image of a sign heralding a luxury home project christened "Artillery Ridge II. ebook The Tangierman's Lament: And Other Tales Of Virginia Pdf. COM, Family-Focused Reviews of BooksThe historic event. Aldates Church in August 2005. A fantastic story from the writer of Irredeemable and Kingdom Come. Leigh will take the next story. A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. ISBN-10 9780813929743 Pdf. ISBN-13 978-0813929 Pdf. Cecil, the ageing narrator and father of the boy in question quietly argues against the healing power of art. A committed painter, her portraits were indicative of the age's art deco sensibility and sexual daring. Revel, a second chance summer romance. I have wanted to read it for a number of years now and I'm happy to finally have read it. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that characterized the overland experience.
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“Great for harrowing and nostalgic armchair adventures in different times and places in the beautiful, varied, and historic Commonwealth of Virginia....”

rangeness.The Pulitzer-nominated title story takes us to the Chesapeake island of Tangier, home to a Methodist enclave over two hundred years old, with an economy almost wholly dependent on the blue crab. The gradual exodus of the island’s young people and the dwindling crab hauls point to an inevitable extinction that finds a dramatic metaphor in the erosion of the island itself, which is literally disappearing beneath its inhabitants’ feet.An epic piece of reporting, "When the Rain Came" revisits the August night in 1969 when Hurricane Camille descended on Nelson and Rockbridge counties, bringing with it a deluge of nearly Biblical proportions that killed 151 people. It was later characterized by the Department of the Interior as "one of the all-time meteorological anomalies in the United States." Swift looks beyond the extraordinary numbers to find the individual stories, told to him by the people who still remember the trembling floorboards and rain too heavy to see, or even breathe, through.Other stories include a nerve-wracking inside look at the Pentagon on the morning of 9/11, the travails of a failed novelist turned folk-art demigod, an account of a 1929 Scott County tornado (deemed the deadliest in Virginia history), and a profile of Nelson County swami Master Charles, who boasts a corps of meditative followers, a mountain retreat in Nellysford, and an incomplete resume. Each piece reconfirms Virginia as a land uncommonly rich in stories--and Earl Swift as one of its most perceptive and tireless chroniclers.