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.I originally read this U.S Historical fiction book about 20 years ago My daughter had to read it for a school assignment, so we read it at the same time We shared many a laugh over the shenanigans referred into this glimpse in a small southern town, Cold Sassy, Georgia and set in 1906 This timeless treasure explores themes such as religion, death, and social taboos, and certainly has the ability to entertain with hilarious wit and humorGrandpa teased her about it You look like you done swallored a goose aigg, Miss Mattie Lou, and it got stuck in yore goozle This story is told in the POV of a 14 year old boy by the name of Will Tweedy The reader is provided with intricate details, through his perception, about the events that encompassed this young s mans early life Will reveals his brilliant imagination by making up stories and pulling pranks He experienced many firsts, most notably driving the first two automobiles in the town His dream was to become a successful farmer, which he was determined he could do with education at the A.G College His patriarch grandfather, Rucker E Blakeslee, is a most influential man in the small town and had a monumental influence in young Will Tweedy s life Grandpa owns the general store and lives by his own rules After his wife passes away, he creates quite a ruckus with his impetuous decisions He favors Will Tweedy over others in the family and demands a lot from him in return Will Tweedy certainly admired him, at least most of the time The setting was described vividly, the characters were well developed,and the plot was captivating This book was originally published in November 1984 I own the paperback book and have it on my Kindle If you enjoy a good storyteller about southern fiction, this is well worth the time and effort to read If you are looking for some chuckles and reminiscing of days gone by, you will also enjoy this immensely I recommend it to one and all 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 dialect that I found myself thing in terms of dern it and I reckon I cried for the last 50 pages and wanted my Grandmother to be here to hug me and tell me she loved me at the end. 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 itthan 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 after the Civil War The whites certainly don t see their black servants as their equals but they are not cruel White Trash on the other hand are looked down upon, and many of the new inventions of that era are interwoven into the plot cars, telephones, house plumbing and electricity But it is all so cute This is not only a coming of age story, but also a story of how it is to grow old How do you deal with that Will is the central character He tells the story about his grandfather and what he did when his grandmother died Yup, he got married again, three weeks after her death Now this is darn right scandalous What will people think But the question is why, and you learn the real answer to that throughout the rest of the book Is Will the main character Or is it his grandfather Are the grandfather s actions and the way he chose to live his life and his behavior towards all those around him that is the central focus of this book I know what I think I also know that it drove me crazy that everyone was most concerned with what other folks would say.But you know what is right and what is wrong, and we all do when it comes down to the basics, so the book s message is rather simple Maybe you like uncomplicated feel good stories There are hypocrites galore in this book Don t say I didn t warn you, but I will add that there is at least one that isn t a hypocrite.There must be some suspense in a book, right Well, a few bombs are thrown in, but are they adequately explored Or are they just thrown in for the effect view spoiler Miss Love s rape and Uncle Campbell s suicide hide spoiler 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 my hand.What joy, to think about those days, and that joy is somehow captured here in this coming of age novel It was written in 1984 as I was sitting in those trees reading Carson McCullers , but the story takes place much earlier in the century.I can t say that I can find fault with anything in this story The plot, the developed characters, the author s successful use of Voice, the likable narrator are all exceptional And, if all of that is too mechanical for you, you can also find adventure, history, romance and religious and philosophical insights.It was an absolute privilege to read it, and I m thankful I discovered it as I was sick in bed with a bad cold. There is something so charming about a book set in this bygone era of the South Where boyhood pranks involved setting loose a few rats during your Aunt s play, where the highlight of your weekend is to go fishing with your friends and where the first motorcar will cause the whole town of Cold Sassy to stop and stare including the livestock.There is a sweet innocence to the story even if, at times, dark issues are discussed.Will Tweedy s family has had their share of heartache especially as the story starts just weeks after his grandmother passed away And then scandal of all scandals are let loose Will s grandfather, the newly widowed Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Love Simpson, a woman so young she could have been one of his daughters And nothing will ever be the same.I really liked Mr Blakeslee as well as Love Simpson Him for his grumpy old man persona that cracks just a little, and her for living life on her own terms while still operating within the boundaries set by society for women.I wish thattime was spent with Lightfoot and her community She is a linthead, or a poor white working in the cotton factory of the town The kids are given 1 or 2 years of schooling at most before they are employed at the factory She was unfortunately only a periphery character in Will Tweedy s story.This is one of those nice reads that you can breeze through with a smile on your face. 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 daughter, he finally marries her three short weeks after he buries his wife of decades Well he had to move fast in case someone else got her first Thankfully I read this one via the audiobook version as it would have been an even slower andpainful read otherwise due to the thick southern vernacular If n you d a got kilt, it d mean you jest didn t move fast enough, like a rabbit that gits caught by a hound dogAin t the best prayin jest bein with God and talkin a while, like He s a good friend, stead a like he runs a store and you ve come in a hopin to git a bargainFavorite Quote To mourn is to be eaten alive with homesickness for the person.First Sentences Three weeks after Granny Blakeslee died, Grandpa came to our house for his early morning snort of whiskey, as usual, and said to me, Will Tweedy Go find yore mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma s and tell her I said git on down here. I actually really liked this book, but I think I enjoyed the cultural and historical aspects of itthan 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 in the Civil War As a coming of age story, its pretty good, but I liked itfor the culture Burns evoked while writing about the town. *Free E-pub ✙ Cold Sassy Tree ⇟ The One Thing You Can Depend On In Cold Sassy, Georgia, Is That Word Gets Around FastOn July , , 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 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 developed slowly, but I became invested in the characters of Will and his family, especially his grandfather and his grandfather s second wife Burns has also drawn a clear picture of his neighbors and friends Typical of small town southern life there was the gossip, the exaggerated sense of morality and certainly the lack of privacy in actions and thoughts It was impressive to view the development of historical events first cars, first bathrooms, first running water, clothing and early motor cars It was a simpler time in some respects, but adifficult time because people had to do so much physical labor just to live and the lacked materials which are so prevalent in modern life. Burns has blended much humor with periods of suspense and principals of wisdom It is a lengthy book, but it contains much to draw in the reader Members of my local book club enjoyed this with few exceptions and we had an extensive discussion period Also of interest, was the fact that Olive Burns wrote this, her first book, at the age of 60 I enjoyed this book but it fell a little flat, it had some good parts but I was expectingbecause 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.