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Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie
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Jan 29, 2008

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Here ol' Guthrie hits the rails and highways - a vagabond and his guitar. But you don't get to those adventures until midway through the book - half the damn book is about his childhood adventures and once someone's told you two stories about barnyard shenanigans involving slingshots and spiders, well, you've heard them all. He never mentions how he decides to pick up the guitar, nor how he learned to play it; it just magically appears in his hands and the songs pour forth. Guthrie maintains a distance from the reader - by the end of the book, you feel like you know the hobos and drifters better than you know Guthrie. Though that's a bit disappointing, I think Guthrie did it with intent.
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