So Far, So Good (River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize)

Book So Far, So Good (River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize)

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- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:288
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 0th edition edition (April 1, 2013)
- Bestsellers rank: 3
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
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Bullet-shattered glass clatters onto his baby bed; he wakes and cries out into darkness. Does he remember this? Or remember being told? Regardless, he feels it, and will feel it again, bomb bay wind buffeting his eighteen-year-old body a mile above an old volcano’s jagged debris, and yet again, staring at photos of Korean orphans, huddled homeless in a blizzard after a bombing in which, at twenty-five, he’d refused an order to join. It is through such prisms of the past that Ralph Salisbury’s life unfolds, a life that, eighty years in the making, is also the life of the twentieth century. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, So Far, So Good is a sometimes strange, sometimes lyrical, and often humorous attempt by an inveterate storyteller to recount “just things as they were.”

The survivor of a lightning strike, car and plane mishaps, explosions, bullets, a heart attack, cancer, and other human afflictions, Salisbury wonders: “Why should anyone read this?” The book itself resoundingly answers this question not merely with its sheer eventfulness but also in the prodigious telling. Salisbury takes us from abject poverty in rural Iowa during the Great Depression, with a half Cherokee father and an Irish American mother, through war and peace and protest to the freedom and solace of university life; and it is in the end (so far) so good.

Ralph Salisbury (1926–2017) was the 2015 recipient of the C.E.S. Wood Retrospective Award (celebrating a distinguished career in Oregon letters), the Rockefeller Bellagio Award in fiction, and the Northwest Poetry Award. His most recent books are Blind Pumper at the Well, The Indian Who Bombed Berlin, and Light from a Bullet Hole. Salisbury’s thirteen books evoke his Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English-American heritage. 


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  • By Robin Fletcher on October 2, 2013

    This is an interesting autobiography in a physically pleasing edition. I highly recommend this excellent edition of the life story of a genuine American poet.

  • By Siobhan Harkin on May 30, 2013

    The story of Ralph Salisbury's life reads like a good novel, as he reaches toward life's goals, someties not clearly understood by him, but always compelling. The characters in his Irish American-Native American family from Iowa come to life on the pages. From his boyhood in rural Iowa to service in WWII to his literary career and college professorships, Salisbury's writing lured me in.

  • By gayle pace on September 8, 2013

    REVIEWThis is a memoir of Ralph Salisbury. The author was born in 1924 to a half Cherokee-Shawnee father and a tough Irish-American mother in rural Iowa. She was tough but still a lady. This book is a glimpse of American history from Mr. Salisbury's eyes. The reader has a chronological view that includes farm life during the Great Depression, His World War II military involvement, and racial and political differences. At first I found the book a little hard to follow. Mr. Salisbury is a great storyteller. He connects his past to his midlife then to his 80-year old present day. He connects his life experiences that are full of history. Sometimes his narrative relays some disturbing images. He describes in detail his part in castration of farm animals., then he goes to the rumors of World War II castration of prisoners. and other castrations. He was a survivor of a lightening strike, explosions, bullets, car and plane mishaps, cancer and other health issues. Salisbury wonders: "Why should anyone read this?" That question is answered not only with its events but in the remarkable story telling of Mr. Salisbury. He takes us from life in rural Iowa, a life of poverty during the Great Depression, then through war and peace. Then the quieter life of a University,.SO FAR, SO GOODDon't miss out on the life of Mr. Ralph J. Salisbury, a poet and professor at University of Oregon. The memoir will take you on a journey into American history..I would give this book 4 STARS.I was given a complimentary ARC copy of SO FAR SO GOOD by Ralph J. Salisbury from Night Owl Reviews for this unbiased review.


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