This book, which McKenzie reviewed, sounded really interesting, so I borrowed it from her and...I was hooked. I always like to read books about enterprising con men and women who you can sympathize with. Addie Pray is eleven years old, and she travels around Alabama and a few other states with Long Boy, who is possibly her daddy, and they fleece a whole bunch of gullible people.
I agree with Kenzie in that this one should have become more of a classic. It's really entertaining; not what I would call "high-brow literature" (whatever that means), but fun to read. I think they made a movie out of it though. I didn't find the dry patch that Kenzie referred; there were a lot of various different types of cons that were described, and I liked that. I wanted their adventures to continue. I probably liked this one a lot because I really like the movie The Sting (which incidentally was made around the same time as this book was published), which also about con men during the Depression. So now you have two reviews motivating you to read it.
240 pages (in this copy)
|Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!|