Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss,

Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss,

Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life ⚣ [PDF] ✅ Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life By Chuck Kinder ✰ – On sabbatical from his professorship at the University of Pittsburgh native West Virginian Chuck Kinder portrayed as Grady Tripp in Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys and played by Michael Douglas in the fi On sabbatical from his professorship Dancer: Hard-Earned PDF/EPUB ä at the University of Pittsburgh native West Virginian Chuck Kinder portrayed as Grady Tripp in Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys and played by Michael Douglas in the film makes a midlife pilgrimage to his homeland to re imagine and reconnect with that fabled fantastic country Confronting the regrets and heartaches of his past present and future Kinder seeks solace in the funny Last Mountain Kindle - and raunchy family stories lies legends and history that reside in West Virginia's haunted hills and the hollows of his memory But than anything Kinder wants to live it up hillbilly style Immersing himself among the lives of mountaineer characters both the uick and the dead the bad boy author bears holy witness to the triumphs and misdeeds of the loafers and misfits winos and oddball characters Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned PDF/EPUB ✓ of his homeland Readers will be astonished by tales of bloody mine wars outlaws on the run roadhouse romance barroom brawlers beer joint ballerinas and a man who calls himself the last mountain dancer With mothmen moonshiners and family feudists it's Planet West Virginia Chuck Kinder's wild ride rediscovery of his West Virginian roots is sure to uicken Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Kindle - all of our hillbilly hearts.

  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life
  • Chuck Kinder
  • English
  • 18 February 2014
  • 9780786716531

About the Author: Chuck Kinder

Chuck Kinder was an American Dancer: Hard-Earned PDF/EPUB ä novelist Kinder was a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh where he taught from until his retirement in .

10 thoughts on “Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life

  1. Julie Julie says:

    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location West Virginia Country roads take me homeTo the place I belongWest Virginia mountain mamaTake me home country roadsHey West Virginia great song and I owe you a big fat apology and a reread at some point There isn't a chance in hell that I'm going to finish this bloated inaccurate collection of essays by wannabe famous guy Chuck Kinder Enough with the typos inaccuracies that I looked up and confirmed and segments that felt like flat out plagiarism to meThere were moments here when some particularly readable passage would give me hope that I could make it through 10 pages without feeling like I wanted to vomit or die of boredom but then I'd head right back to the passages that made me crunch up my face in suspicion and incredulity I'm going outside now to pour some moonshine on this 453 page “metamemoir” strike a match and see if she can light up the night I haven't burned a book since Jaws so this is kind of excitingI know you're dead Mr Kinder so no disrespect but I'm not dead yet and if there's one thing a pandemic has taught me it's that my life is too short to spend it on liars or liesI'm going to go whip me up my own bonfire of the vanities now y'allPS A man with undescended testicles and a self proclaimed small penis should know better than to remember a woman in terms of her pussy You're a reminder to all women that the men who disrespect us the most are the ones who have the least to offer

  2. Derek Derek says:

    At turns uproariously funny and break my goddamn heart sad Last Mountain Dancer started off good and ended even better set in a world where Hank Williams occupies the same spiritual space as the ubiuitous Jaaaaaysus The story meanders on through wild wonderful towns filled with characters with names like Boy Red Captain Charlie Norma Jean and a billion Bills It was interesting to note where Kinder was clearly ripping off his friends a character tellingly named Toby recites a line from Tobias Wolff's phenomenal short story The Liar and a barber named Ray performs a move directly pilfered from Raymond Carver's The Calm and probably a few other examples that I'm not bright enough to pick up on The whole stealing someone else's words thing doesn't bother me too much in these cases and he obviously wants you to know he's stealing He's working in a tradition where stories are handed down swapped exaggerated twisted completely until they become well mountain legend Who's going to worry about where the stories came from in the first place?By the end of the book you're torn by feeling completely bad for his fucked up excuse for a life and at the same time eternally grateful that he spilled the beans about it in such an elouent and memorable way If the book is one thing it's honest and the honesty seeps through every page In the same way that Jacob Young's Dancing Outlaw an inspiration for the book shows us Jesco White's warts and all life Kinder is eually unforgiving of himself We see him puffing up his chest and knowing he's full of shit stumbling around in sandals and a hippy ponytail when he imagines himself in cowboy boots with a pistol at his side His failures and triumphs get eual billing and the character of Chuck Kinder is all the real for it He even admits to the reader when he's fishing around for an adeuate symbol from his real life something that anyone remotely familiar with writing a story will find irresistibleMy only complaint and I blame this on the editor the honky tonk king Lefty Frizzell has his name is misspelled Certainly a book so high on beerjoints and Uncle Hank ought to know betterThis book is fantastic and highly recommended There's a tear in my beer

  3. PJ Who Once Was Peejay PJ Who Once Was Peejay says:

    Chuck Kinder may be a metafictional wonder boy but this book often tried my patience I didn’t give up on it though many times I wanted to I would put it down sometimes for weeks at a time but I’d always circle back because I couldn’t uite give up on it And these days when I’m notorious for abandoning books because “life is too short” that’s something of a backhanded complimentYou see this book is what Chuck Kinder calls “faction”—that is a memoir that’s even loose with the facts than most memoirs Mr Kinder states repeatedly that he’s a storyteller above all else and never lets the facts of his life get in the way of a good story Born and raised in West Virginia he pays loving and cynical attention to his uirky home state speaking of its history and its legends everything from Matewan to Mothman As fast and loose as he plays with the facts of his own life when he’s talking about history and legends as far as I can tell he plays it fairly straight Oh he may insert himself into the headspace of the historical actors —which makes the narrative come alive in uite wondrous ways sometimes if I’m honest—but he does tell the story down to its bones In these days of the internet it’s easy to call his bluff there and some of these oddball characters have presences you can even look up on YouTube Jessico White for oneI was good with all of that Enjoyed that part of the ride What Mr Kinder had to say in these passages was often beautiful and heart wrenching; or oddly spookily legendarily interesting; or downright funny A lot of funny When he talked about the history and legends of West Virginia “Planet West Virginia” as he referred to it you could feel his love for the place and its people and the craziness he grew up withUnfortunately he freuently interspersed these bits with references to his own bad boy past and present and those passages smelled of stale testosterone I am so over reading about bad boys and posing tough guys whether they are teenagers or fifty somethings He often doesn’t name the people in his life or only by pseudonyms and nicknames—either to protect their innocence or to turn them into characters he can fudge facts about Again I wouldn’t have minded the faction about his relatives but his wrenching everything back to stories about his bad boy status got tiresome and interrupted the flow of the rest of the narrative And that as the saying goes got on my last nerveBut I did finish Last Mountain Dancer so there is that

  4. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    I probably would have loved this book 10 years agoKinder's an excellent writer When he's got some good material he makes it sing The portions of this book where he tackles West Virginia history are delightful When turns inward and sits and ruminates on his own life decisions as he does for most of the bookit's not nearly as interesting

  5. John Tipper John Tipper says:

    Except for Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this is the funniest book I've read Both have drug use in them particularly Thompson's and I don't endorse that yet they do seem to enhance a few scenes Kinder a native of West Virginia and a Prof at the University of Pittsburgh set out to write a book capturing the essence of the state the uintessential Appalachian one It a strange work in that it is a mock memoir or as he refers to it a fictionalized autobiography and one has a hard time discerning what is exaggeration the truth and downright lies A gifted student as a youngster in Huntington with a bent for science Kinder gets into a redneck crowd at high school fistfights a lot refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag and is expelled He has a vicarious love affair with Dagmar one of the sex symbols of the time who notices him at Dreamland Pool an occurrence that means a lot to him After that and spending time as a doper college student Kinder's central purpose then is to become the epitome of redneckism something the state is known for He's fan of country music especially Elvis and travels to a remote region to meet Jessco White a hillbilly dancer bearing a resemblance to The King and a young man who appears on the TV show Roseanne He is the last mountain dancer and this is apparently where the title of the book originates The author displays a remarkable depth and wide ranging knowledge of the history and lore of the state The Mothman and Silver Bridge tragedy the many ghost tales and extra terrestrial ones in the state The Matewan Massacre and other unionlabor strife Yet most of all the emphasis is humor and it is the funniest West Virginia book ever with Lee Maynard's Crum coming in second Entirely two different works Crum focused on one small village while Dancer is disjointed improvisational and far ranging

  6. Michael Michael says:

    Being a fan of West Virginia's native son Jesco White I was immediately intrigued when I saw this title in an antiuejunk store Even though only a portion of this behemoth of a book is dedicated to the Last Mountain Dancer I found it an enjoyable read overall Kinder's writing style is engaging and possesses a uniue wit and pace that keeps the reader interested in some mundane occurrences during his sabbatical Normally I could care less about what an old redneck scholar is doing with a young beauty and her children but Kinder makes it interesting He also visits other parts of West Virginia lore to include Mothmen the missing Sodder children which I wish he'd covered and the area's rich coal mining legacy While this book is very long I never found my interest waning and Kinder takes the reader to many interesting nooks and crannies of his home state

  7. Kathy Piselli Kathy Piselli says:

    Found myself reading through this entire book in spite of myself Kinder is a true storyteller who seemingly unearthed all kinds of West Virginia tales interwoven with his own personal drama Kinder used this book to try to solve even the simplest of mysteries about my home state

  8. Deb Deb says:

    Chuck Kinder's a hoot This is a guy that'll tell you a hellacious story and then come back a week later and confess that he lied for the sake of your entertainment and if you like Twain's humor you'll probably enjoy Last Mountain Dancer I laughed myself breathless after reading couple passages in this book and the rest is charming

  9. Jon Carroll Thomas Jon Carroll Thomas says:

    One of my new all time favorites Written on sabbatical from his university in Pittsburgh Kinder returns to his native West Virginia It made me fantasically homesick and I moved back east before I was done reading it Excellent

  10. Patrick Patrick says:

    This was a nice read Kind of something you can pick up and put down a lot without taking away from the enjoyment

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