koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

SRP: Satan is Real by Charlie Louvin (and Benjamin Whitmer)

Disproving the rule that you can't choose a book by its cover this book, subtitled The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers, was a rewarding impulse selection based initially on its dime-novel look. Charlie was the fiercely loyal (sorta codependent) half of Charlie and Ira Louvin, a country duo known for their tight harmonizing. The story of how they grew up dirt poor and scrabbled together a career in music is pretty amazing and the structure of the book keeps the stories flowing; I read it in a night because I couldn't not turn the next page, again and again until the end. I misjudged the universal quality of Charlie's stories, however, as I learned when I insisted that Brian take it with him the next day as he was leaving for a trip. He brought it back unfinished and said he couldn't see the appeal. So maybe you'd read this more happily if you already had an appreciation for old-time country music? I don't know, I think some of the stories here are just damned good stories--I think Brian was distracted by the Heat games and didn't give the book a fair shot. I still recommend it.

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