For a boy coming of age during the 1930s and '40s, Greenville, Alabama, a small cotton-farming town in the Deep South, was a wonderfully rich environment. Greenville may have been small, but for author Clifton K. Meador, MD, life growing up there was anything but dull. In his memoir Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940, Meador lovingly retells the stories that formed his values and shaped his life. For young Clifton and his friends, there was plenty of trouble to stir up, ranging from a field fire, to buzzard hunting, to fights between the country boys and the city boys and of course, girls. There are also poignant moments, such as the loss of his best friend because of the impenetrable wall of segregation. And there are quirky characters: the town's sole, somewhat frightening taxi driver; the intriguing, cross-dressing homosexual; and the eccentric agronomy professor turned failed farmer. Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940 not only tells one man's story, but also beautifully captures the remarkable people, places, and events that characterized a unique lifestyle in a bygone era.
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I had already read the first part of the book. I thought it was great. The stories reminded me so much of my own childhood in small-town Tennessee. Then disaster struck. I lost my eyesight. I could see to walk about, but not to read. I knew my eyesight was at risk. I have had diabetes for 40 years and never took care to regulate my blood sugar. That would not happen today. Reading had been my passion and now all seemed lost.
Then I found Audiobooks. It has transformed my life. The first book I downloaded (I had to get help from my grand daughter) was Sketches of a Small Town by Clifton K Meador, MD. I could sit in my recliner and continue with the stories I loved so much. Thank you Dr. Meador and thank you Audiobooks.
The casual style.
There are many characters. I liked them all, especially Roosevelt in Chapter 27.
Both. Some chapters are amusing and some are sad. The book is a realistic description of life in a small southern town in the 1940's.