Sunday, April 11, 2010

Unforgettable: Southern Ladies & Gentlemen by Florence King

I was breezing through my Google Reader today to prepare for the onslaught of the reading marathon posts I expect this weekend. (I'm not participating because my garden beckons, but I hope everyone else has fun!) Anyway, I came across a post at Bluestalking titled "Good writing vs. bad, southern and otherwise." Any mention of Southern writing makes me think of Southern Ladies & Gentlemen. I know I've recommended it to several of you for challenges that have you reading Southern books, but it's really a book that anyone who's ever read Gone with the Wind or To Kill a Mockingbird or any of the other classic Southern books (or plays) should read.

King presents a study of Southern culture which is not only fun to read, but just about everything in it is applicable to any truly Southern story. It's a mix of essays (pop culture/sociology/history/etc.) that turns into something that suddenly makes Southern texts a lot more interesting and/or understandable and/or shed a new light on a story.

This is the first reading assignment I had for my Southern Women Writers class in grad school, and I am so glad Dr. Dukes had us read this. Enlightening and hilarious and highly recommended.


Helen Ginger said...

Thank you for introducing me to this book. I'd not heard of Southern Ladies & Gentlemen. It sounds like a book to be read, enjoyed, and learned from.

Straight From Hel

Tribute Books said...

sounds good,thanks!

Zibilee said...

I'd not heard of this book but it does sound like something I would like. Thanks for the revealing review. I will have to be on the lookout for this book!

Natalie said...

i do enjoy southern lit and teach a few books by southern authors in my classes. haven't heard of this book but looks like i'll have to check it out! seems like it could be a valuable addition to my educational arsenal. thanks!

-nat@book, line, and sinker