Saturday, January 7, 2012

Another View

After yesterday's post, which set the Deliverance banjos twanging for more than one of us, I wanted to bring this interesting book to your attention. Barbara Woodall, a native of the north Georgia mountains, writes of growing up Appalachian. She specifically mentions how hurtful many mountain folk found the Deliverance movie as it seemed to show their entire culture in an extremely negative light.

Woodall's heart-felt account of watching the changes that have come to the mountains is well worth reading, especially for those, like myself, who are part of that change. The book is also an excellent record of life as it was lived in the mountains, not so very long ago.
And by the way, the junky place in yesterday's post is definitely not typical of where I live. There are far more homes and farms that are well-kept.
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8 comments:

Barbara Rogers, Potter said...

I missed seeing a post from you this morning, somehow this one didn't get up on blogspot. Love old buildings, especially those that are cared for. But I also love looking at the ones that are crumbling, so I can see how they once had been constructed with some thought and planning...imagining the lives of those people who made a living here on this land.

GrandmaK said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful and when we travel to NC and GA to see our children respectively I find the journey so wonderful especially when traveling at change of seasons!!! You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place! Cathy

Friko said...

The Appalachians obviously provoke a lot of reaction, both positive and negative.
Rural backwaters can find detractors in spite of their beauty.
Never mind, let's just enjoy our bucolic existence.

Brian Miller said...

trust me i know how beautiful your area is...even enjoy the city there...yeah deliverance def did not the stereotyping...i guess the city has their fair share of stereotypes as well eh?

Ms. A said...

Wish the people living on my property, in your area, gave two hoots about it. Wish they paid their rent, too!

Southwest Arkie said...

Beautiful reds- love the washed out colors. I know those stereotypes are everywhere- we certainly have a few down here where I live.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Love these photos . . . and everything about your/this area!

Pat in east TN said...

I also missed this post until today (Sunday morning), but am glad a caught it and yet another book to add to my list.