Unrealistic Totally Delightful
one of my travels to the used-book world, I spotted a Reader
Digest condensed version (large print) of Fannie Flagg's A
Redbird Christmas. Normally, I do not like the condensed
version, but since I am a big fan of Flagg and I didn't even
know of that book, I picked it up. Even in a condensed version,
it was a delight to read. It was kind of nice to read the
large print version—the pages just went flying by.
one of those books that we each should read from time to time—a
book that tells it like it should be rather than the way it
is. When Oswald Campbell decide to go to Lost River Alabama,
everything in his life and those around him in his new community
seems to go nowhere but uphill.
Murphy's Law does not exist in Lost River because the opposite
seems to be true: if anything can go right it does in Lost
River. And the book proves that a book does not have to have
sex, violence or irony to be successful. People who come to
Lost River seem to remember a lost talent that comes to fruition
the end of the book, I knew things were going to turn out
just fine so I had an urge to head for Lost River myself and
experience that peaceful life that Oswald luckily bumped into.
Then it occurred to me that we all have our Lost Rivers if
we will just search it out. Well, maybe not that idyllic but
we can make our communities better places if we work at it.
spoil the story for you, but, yes, there were problems in
and around Lost River but they were either solved or left
the area, and as for origin of the title—I leave that
little symbolic scene for your enjoyment.
one of those books that pull at your heart. At the end of
the Red Fern Grows
surely you cried, but with A
Redbird Christmas—your tears are replaced with
gladness as yet another miracle takes place. One version has
the story plus several pages of recipes and as one reader
commented, “You won't find recipes in Les Miserables.
see suggestions that the story will be made into a Christmas
movie, and some have suggested that the book is connected
to Flagg's other delightful novel Fried
Green Tomatoes. If it should be made into a Christmas
story, I will be on the front row of a cinema to relive the
story again, and I l hope you find your Rocky River soon.