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Tales of an American Hobo

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This work is a lasting legacy to conventional society, teaching about a bygone era of American history and a rare breed of humanity who chose to live by the rails and on the road.
Published November 1st 1989 by University of Iowa Press
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Feb 10, 2009 RØB rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in the hobo lifestyle
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Fox's anecdotal tales of what it means to be a hobo is part history, part how-to, part who's who, part poetry anthology, part glossary, part travelogue, and part exposition on being a decent human being. It's extremely entertaining reading. I almost hate to mention, for fear that it'll taint the experience of others, that I envisioned it being read in Walter Brennan's voice most of the time. It is split into chapters, most of them 1-3 pages long, a few 4 or 5 pages long, and few or none longer t...more
I loved it, though I may be biased by my current hobo fixation. I started this book at John Wayne Airport, and finished it just after the second leg of my flight landed in Texarkana, and it's not often that I can read one book all the way through a trip without wanting a break. The author describes a sort of hobo moral code and the distinction between a hobo and a tramp or bum. There's even a Hobo's Oath! It's also full of vignettes about the hobo life and people who lived it, and not all romant...more
Dan Kelly
Simply told tales of life on the road from the 20s through the 80s. Fox's spare yet descriptive style is wonderful to read.
Not the best writing and not terribly organized, but it comes off as the honest memories of someone's rail-hopping grandpa.
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