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"To grow up a boy in Clarksville in my time, " recalls the narrator of The Ordways, "was to be a double dreamer." For Clarksville, Texas, was where the Old South met the frontier West and family history retold at the annual graveyard working day provided the stuff to fuel a young imagination. Here, then, is the story of Thomas Ordway, the narrator's great-grandfather, who ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Lsu Press
(first published 1965)
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When a reader wants to take a vacation without using any airline miles or scratching the tread off of vehicle tires, read The Ordways by William Humphrey. The Ordways is as clever, charming, and humorous in several parts as parts of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This regionalistic novel also manages to explore the depths, the "back forty," and the universally familiar sides of the human psyche. It's a literary sojourn, lke a work by Henry James with an amount of local flavor equivalent to ...more