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Tales of an American Hobo
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
Recommended to RØB by: Amazon.com
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