New: Book Report: The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Back when I was telecommuting, I'd listen to DJ Toby's show on KUSF Tuesday afternoons. Some days, she'd play the song Big Rock Candy Mountain, a song about the Promised Land for Bums.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The cops have wooden legs
The bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs

This book isn't about bums, but is it about a man who works very hard in search of the easy life. He's always trying some new scheme or scam. He makes his family miserable moving from place to place. But along the way, they visit many places and you get a hint of what America was like before there was cable TV, back when whiskey was some of the best entertainment around.

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Posted 2005-09-21