Monday, April 19, 2010

This Boy's Life

I just finished reading This Boy's Life: A Memoir. I loved the book. It is a rather grim, yet darkly funny coming-of-age memoir about a boy that lives in a difficult environment that he seeks to escape. I returned to read this paragraph repeatedly (p. 145 in my paperback edition), where he describes his stepfather Dwight's love of Lawrence Welk. I think it is a perfect paragraph, and it makes me laugh every time I read it.

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22 comments:

Kirsty said...

Wow! When he says "wooow!" right at the beginning he really does sound like a kazoo, and most definitely a swedish one at that!

Alisa said...

I used to sit and watch this show while visiting my grandparents. The best one was when the woman's wig fell off while dancing....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw8QIbkw6dE

Brooke said...

Hahaha...I have never heard of this show, but his voice does make me laugh. Well, just the "WOOOOOW".

Iva said...

"Dwight said".... lol. I have never seen/heard of this show!! and I think I'm missing out, especially based on the super enthusiastic "waaaaaaw". yes with an A! hilarious. I think I'll have to take a peek into this book! Is it bad that I want the dresses those ladies are wearing? well, obviously take off the sleeves and shorten the dress and a different color. never mine. thats no longer the same dress anymore. HA!

Happy Monday drollgirl!!!

TERI REES WANG said...

Aah, he was once my childhood "cocktail hour".
Mama put on a pot of coffee so she could do her long day of corporate whore after work chores, and put me on the sofa with my own mug of warm milk spiked with splash of coffee and a few drops of 'Kalua'.
That and Mr. Welk were mama's little helpers, to keep me sedated and out of her way.

Karisa Tells All said...

I read this book last semester and I loved it! I really wish I could write like Tobias Wolff.

~KS said...

I am adding this to my list of books to read once I am done reading god awful text books... sounds awesome!!!

Vivienne said...

We had relatives (they're no longer with us) who would not answer their phone if it rang during Lawrence Welk. :)

This book sounds good. I'll look into that.

Laura Trevey said...

Memories...... Crazy!

I remember Lawrence Welk from when I was a little kid...

xoxo Laura

Caroline said...

I really can't fathom that there was actually a time in America when people sat and watched this. It's just crazy.

Candice said...

TV has come a helluva long way since then, and thank God for that!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh my goodness you really need to see SNL's parody of Lawrence Welk with Anne Hathaway. It's the funniest thing EVER. I'll try to find it for you.

Cheryl said...

Love that phrase, brain-scalding Swedish kazoo of a voice. I can imagine what kind of person Dwight is just from this description.

☮ midnightintern ☮ said...

Swedish kazoo= great writing.

P.s. Since we are clearly besties4lyf, you have to be my maid of honour. No excuses. And FYI, Harry is the non-balding British kazoo of a prince. Thanks for your well-wishing, Harry and I are very happy together.

xox

bananas. said...

so i have no idea who lawrence welk is...even after watching that video which i waited all day to see. ha! not sure i want to know who he is but shit it's too late!

say...isn't that the book that was supposed to be based on a true story but it turned it that was false. am i wrong?

Asylum Dolly said...

I was unaware of who Lawrence Welk was until now, but thankyou for enlightening me of his "brain scalding swedish kazoo" voice! hehehe.
I miss reading. I haven't had a good read for months :( I need to! I can "feel bits of my brain falling away like a wet cake" (as Bernard from "Black Books" would say. have you seen that? it's a british comedy. You might like it! It's very silly, which is why i like it :) )

Kitty Stampede said...

hmmm...no idea who this man was!! i used to watch silly canadian versions of this though, well the entertainment show variety when i was a kid.
i love when a part in a book is so good that you keep going back to read segments of it. I always wish I would remember to write them down or something and keep a notepad of all my favorite lines or something.
just for a quick reference.
lately i'm reading non-fiction and they are too deep..I gotta read something light and humorous for a change.

Alicia said...

ok now i totally want to read that book! but that video! oh my word, having read that description first just made it all the more better! now that is one new years party i would have gone to!

The Zhush said...

I remember Lawrence Welk, my grandmother used to watch him! And I adore Tobias Wolff...love how you honed in on this crazy paragraph!

~*~ said...

Haha! My family used to watch Lawrence Welk Allot! Well, that is to say that my Mom made us watch it because it was perfect family fun. And it usually ended up with me, my two sisters and Dad making fun of the show and my Mom defending it.
Good times!

Diana said...

Ok, I'm going to read this!! I trust your tastes in books (among other things!)

Karls said...

Dude! I too just finished reading that book! It was on the list for our high school reading and I hadn't touched it in over 15 years. Thought it worth a second look over. Next from the school reading list? My Country and Chrysalids.