Monday, February 13, 2017

King of the Wild Frontier

Davy Crockett: His Own StoryDavy Crockett: His Own Story by David Crockett
Reviewed by Jason Koivu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm still trying to figure out how Davy Crocket, who was killed at the Alamo, was able to include details of the Battle of the Alamo in his own retrospective autobiography. I call bullshit!

Irregardless, the frontiersman of American legend and lore lays out his life in a very homespun, fireside style recollectin'. Highly enjoyable stuff here! Old-timey yarn after old-timey yarn is woven into as colorful a tapestry as you could hope for from a mostly illiterate backcountry man of his own making.

His Own Story (which I think was titled My Own Story early on) starts with Crocket's boyhood and upbringing. This is just as interesting as the battles and woodsman stories of his later life, as it gives the reader a deeper understanding of what made the man.

No matter the age through out the timeline of Crocket's life, his descriptions are sparing but adequate. His narrative often merely touches upon a subject or whole swath of an age, but once he gets into a story, he gets into it! Lively accounts of battles with the Indians and 600lb bears are relayed with so much excitement it's as good as watching a movie!

Highly recommended to those already interested in this interesting man!


Oh! I think I just might've figured out the whole "how did he write it if he was dead?" thing. Likely...or maybe I should say...possibly he had the memoir mostly finished and the Alamo chapter was written by someone else and slapped on the end.

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