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THE LEGEND OF JUGGIN JOE

JOSEPH YAKEL

Contemporary Fiction
Published 2005

Published by Lulu.Com
ISBN: 1-4116-2588-9

 

"I can't imagine there wuz a person there that will ever forgit that sound...Folks later claimed that they figured they musta passed on tah The Majestic, as sech music couldna be wrought forth outta mortal man." Such is the fame that Juggin Joe's music gained throughout the Westerlo, NY countryside and the fame of this writer who has created a unique style of "country speak" dialogue and storytelling that is quaint and entertaining without the need for the raging dysfunctional status besetting so much of contemporary fiction.

This is a simple but endearing tale which is endearing as we learn how Juggin Joe grew up different from anyone else, from the hilarious tale of the battle between him and his mother over Joe's early decision to be free of all clothing to his relationships when he played in a juggin band. What's a juggin band you say? Why it's an empty bottle of liquor, accompanied by banjo, washing board, guitar, mandolin, some fiddles, and sometimes other instruments. And wait until you read the names of the songs they play - what a hoot!

The story culminates when Juggin Joe entertains President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy and has a conversation with the then President that will change history. Far-fetched? Maybe yes, but just maybe - no!

Joseph Yakel's tales have caught the attention of readers everywhere and now include other tales continuing this new form of fiction that is positively uncomplicated and delightful! Keep creating, Joe Yakel! Refreshing!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on January 20, 2006

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