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Beggars of Life by Jim Tully
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Oct 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: outlaws
Read from February 11 to 13, 2011

Very entertaining book that was written in the 1920's. Jim Tully's life as a hobo and his adventures as he travels all over the world hopping on trains, hiding from police, and occasionally resorting to violence in order to get away. Dealing with starvation, begging for money, getting drunk, and meeting other very interesting characters. People he meets get into street fights, knife fights, and even die brutal death's trying to get on the trains. Stealing books and cruising the open country on a train car with sun shining bright in his face as he turns the pages to being extremely sick and dying of thirst, the life of a hobo is a very interesting one.

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*Nabat Books - Dedicated to reprinting forgotten memoirs by various misfits, outsiders, and rebels.

"A hobo is primarily a worker, a field hand who rides freight trains from one poorly paying job to another to save money." - Charles Willeford

"A yegg is a robber, a blower of safes, the aristocrat of the road, and the most dangerous man who travels it." - Jim Tully

Red: Where you from, Kid?
Jim: I'm from everywhere but here, and I'll be from here soon.
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