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  • Title: Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator
  • Author: Homer Hickam
  • ISBN: 9780062416797
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award winning memoir Rocket Boys the basis of the movie October Sky.Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam the father of the author were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields,Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award winning memoir Rocket Boys the basis of the movie October Sky.Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam the father of the author were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen yes, that Buddy Ebsen But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie s dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.Unfulfilled as a miner s wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum Me or that alligator After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do Carry Albert home.Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000 mile adventure Told with the warmth and down home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam s rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.
    Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man His Wife and Her Alligator Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man a woman and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love from the New York Times bestselling author of the award winning

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    1. This was a solid 3 star read for me A humorous, witty story, with a lot of very funny scenes It was probably my fault, but I did not realize from the beginning that it was intended as a farce, with everything overly dramatised for the sake of the story I had thought that it was mostly rooted in fact, when it was actually based on the tall tales that Hickam s parents had told to their children growing up They did have an alligator that they took back to Florida, but the scenes that took place on [...]

    2. Carrying Albert Home Lessons From the RoadCarrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam was chosen by Tom Mathews as his Moderator s Choice for On the Southern Literary Trail for May, 2016 Many thanks to Tom and especially to Homer Hickam who participated in a Question and Answer Discussion with the Group about his novel America Let us be lovers,We ll marry our fortunes together.I ve got some real estateHere in my bag.Paul Simon, 1968Do yourse [...]

    3. This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.I really enjoyed this book This isn t the kind of book that I pick up often but when I do I almost always enjoy myself The title and description sparked my interest This book sounded like it would be a quirky yet interesting story By the end of the story, I had fallen in love with Albert and kind of wanted a pet alligator of my own not really.I ll just stick with my 2 dogs and my cat for now This story was filled with lots of exciting adventu [...]

    4. SWEDISH REVIEWVilken otroligt h rlig bok Fr n f rsta sidan fastnade jag f r denna bok och det var inte alls sv rt att kl mma den p tv dagar Ber ttelsen r besynnerlig, otroligt mysig men ven lite sorglig Jag m ste erk nna att slutet var sv rt att l sa f r att jag verkligen hade blivit f st vid Albert, Elsie, Homer och tuppen.K ndes ber ttelsen lite v l fantastisk ibland Javisst, men det r charmen med boken Jag tyckte om att l sa om denna 1000 mila resa pga av att man b de fick den nakna verklighe [...]

    5. According to Homer Hickam Jr he had some very interesting parents In this book his mother Elsie is recalling stories from the past to her son , in particular a journey made by the young married couple who during the depression years left the coalfields of Alabama on an eventful journey to Orlando Florida Seems Elsie had been given an Alligator by the name of Albert as a wedding gift from an old beau none other than Buddy Epsen to the dismay of her husband Homer Sr who cares neither for the other [...]

    6. What a wonderful story this was to read Just trying to describe what it is about would not do it justice In terms of books i have read previously, the only one s I can compare it to is the mad cap adventure style of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and the haunting beauty of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.Written about the authors parents and Albert the alligator, a wedding present from a famous dancer and actor, Buddy Ebsen, Carrying Albert Home tell [...]

    7. The captain, a huge man with ears like an African elephant, looked up and frowned What the devil is it, son It s my wife, Captain Elsie What s wrong with Elsie She wants me to take her and her alligator to Orlando The Captain sat back and considered Homer Does this have anything to do with you running around your yard without your pants Yes sir, it does The Captain cocked his head Okay son, I m always up for a good story and I sense this might be a good one And so begins a true well, somewhat tr [...]

    8. Wow Just feeling sad, now I have finished reading about Albert, This was one of the most uplifting , fun books I have read for a long long time, It reminds me of the adventure stories, I read as a child,, Loved it,, Worth buying YES Worth reading ad then re reading YES A book for everyone, no matter what sex or age YES

    9. T o bom Amei Este um dos livros do ano para mim Quis o Kismet destino que olhasse para a capa deste livro e fosse imediatamente atra do para ele Um caim o na traseira de um carro Ao ler a sinopse fiquei intrigado e cheio de vontade de l lo E n o que superou todas as expectativas O autor conta a hist ria verdadeira com alguns epis dios fabulados dos pais que na d cada de 1930 atravessaram o pa s de Coalwood na Virginia Ocidental at Orlando na Fl rida num buick para darem um novo lar ao caim o, Al [...]

    10. DNF At page 106, I regretted buying a hardback copy of this, although most everyone else found it charming For me, it was a cross between a Forrest Gump ish couple and those John Bodette commercials for Motel 6 we ll leave the light on for you This series of tall tales about a cross country journey that the couple made in the 1930s was just so terribly far fetched and written at such a basic level that while I intended to read it along with my 13 year old, I may give this to a fourth or fifth gr [...]

    11. What awildlyentertaining, plausibly faNciFuL, eccentricallywonkystory E verything we think is true is probably not true at all If I said a million things and you said a million and one things back, none of our words might even come close to what the truth really is Perhaps, precisely if precise were even possible with such a plausible, implausible story one might think this a whopper of a tale or an allegorical journey or a sagely sarcastic saga or a plucky parabolic pilgrimage or a fanciful fa [...]

    12. It s hard to fight a dream, Homer answered And maybe harder to lose one Two words that don t seem natural to go together, alligator and pet At least, not in my world Yet, this somewhat true story according to Homer Hickam is his quirky and humourous family legend in which his mother Elsie returns her pet alligator Albert to its home ground in Florida Tagging along are his father Homer and a rooster, which shall remain nameless throughout the story They encounter a few notable figures like John S [...]

    13. 4 1 2 starsIn the very best storytelling tradition where with each telling the story becomes fabulous, dramatic and fun Homer Hickam tells the somewhat true story of how his parents Elsie and Homer carried a pet alligator from Coalwood, W Virginia to Orlando Florida during the depression I think I was especially delighted by Hickam s story because at first I kept wondering what the heck I was reading Fable Fairy tale Allegory Odyssey But I was having so much fun with Elsie and Homer s adventure [...]

    14. Part Forrest Gump, tall tales, and history, this is the pieced together story of the author s parents and a wedding present from Buddy Ebsen, Albert Told with humor and heart, the author puts together the epic family lore of the day Albert tore off Homer s pants while he sat doing his business and Homer s ultimatum to Elsie, Him or Me After days of deliberation Elsie makes her choice Crossing four state lines, stories are told of bank robbers, moonshine and Prohibition, Hooverville, the Great De [...]

    15. I won t give it justice, I m sureI keep thinking the one word description is adorable Elsie has an alligator that Buddy Ebsen gave her as a wedding present When Albert gets a little too big for his britches actually, Elsie s husband Homer s then Homer says me or the alligator They embark on a journey to Florida and have adventures along the way It is written from their son s point of view, as told to him in bits and pieces by his parents Is it all absolutely true Maybe, maybe not Simple, direct [...]

    16. Elsie had always felt her life was like a jigsaw puzzle with no picture on the box to show her how the puzzle pieces should fit together Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator is a book with a title that is certainly lengthy yet succinct and quite intriguing This memoir by American author, Homer H Hickam Jr is his account of his parents, Elsie and Homer s epic adventure with an alligator named Albert and a rooster , in which Hickam s website tells us e [...]

    17. So what do you get when you have a newly married couple, an alligator, a chicken and a road trip.you get this book This was so unreal and quirky And I loved that the author John Steinbeck was written into this story This book was very creative The quirky characters went from one unreal scene to the next It was kind of amusing It did drag a bit in the first half but overall, this was a fun read.This was written by Homer Hickam, who also wrote his memoir, Rocket Boys which was made into the movie [...]

    18. Homer is a miner who s married to Elsie, who is the woman for him She doesn t like his profession and wants a exciting life She used to have all that with a man called Buddy He s the one who sent them an alligator as a wedding present The alligator s name is Albert and Elsie s very fond of him, but Albert can t stay with them He needs to be taken back to Orlando as that will be a suitable place for him to live Carrying Albert home means going on a road trip Homer and Elsie are traveling throug [...]

    19. Carrying Albert Home is an endearing tale of love, hopes and dreams, desire for adventure, and challenges along the way.It is funny, quirky, slightly unbelievable yet at the same time surprisingly convincing, and not forgetting, it also has a cute pet alligator called Albert, and a random rooster whose presence on the journey is not entirely understood What s not to love about this book If you enjoyed the film Big Fish, like I did, then this is a must read I watched it many years ago, but this b [...]

    20. Many thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Who couldn t love a book about a coal miner, his want to be anything other than a coal miner s wife wife, her pet alligator, and a gratuitous rooster Whimsical beginning with the Table of Contents, Carrying Albert Home is the story of how Elsie and Homer s marriage is likely saved by a journey that turned out to be, well, kismet Traveling through four states to return Al [...]

    21. This is the craziest book ever and I just loved it It requires a suspension of disbelief and a willingness to embrace the genre of a somewhat true story Based on his parents experiences, Hickman embellishes with gusto Albert is an alligator who goes cross country with Elsie and Homer Man, this review is not going to do this book justice There are bank robberies, Tarzan movies, hurricanes, visits with Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck Parts are laugh out loud funny, parts are utterly ridiculous [...]

    22. Loved, loved, loved this quirky, funny book It s a love story, a travel tale, a family tall tale set in the 1930s, with a very Forrest Gump quality Makes me want to buy an alligator Sweet, sweet story

    23. As a fan of both the movie and book Rocket Boys, when I heard about this upcoming novel I had high hopes The comparison in its description to Big Fish piqued my interest since that s one of my favorite books a poignant story about a father s tales that grow taller and taller through memory, and a son s wish to know who his father truly is It seemed there could be some similarities to Albert, and I was really looking forward to reading it.Unfortunately, while Albert had some of the same quirkines [...]

    24. Homer Hickam, the author of Rocket Boys aka October Sky among others, has written this somewhat fictionalized memoir in Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator This is a charming story of his father, Homer Hickam, Sr and his mother, Elsie Lavender Hickam, and their journey from Coalwood, West Virginia to Florida with one alligator named Albert, and a rooster Along for the tale is a cast of characters that include Elsie s former beau Buddy Ebsen, Ernest [...]

    25. I enjoyed this novel which, supposedly, was based on or inspired by true events in the author s parents lives It s a rollicking road tale which spans the states from West Virginia south to Florida, and is set during the Depression, complete with bootleggers, strikers, and camps of homeless families Even John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway make appearances A fun read.

    26. Aqui est uma viagem digna de ser contada, tanto pelas aventuras como pelos viajantes, os pais do autor, e o impulsionador de tal jornada Albert o Caim o Mas que aventura e que personagens dignas de notas eles conheceram durante a viagem Uma hist ria que uma bonita homenagem e uma maneira de perpetuar a mem ria dos seus pais Homer e Elsie Hickam.

    27. Described as Big Fish meets The Notebook, this was one of the strangest, funniest, endearing reads I ve read This is the mostly true, story of Hickam s own parents who went on a wild road trip with an alligator.I told you it is unlike anything I ve ever read.Elsie isn t sure that being a coalminer s wife is all that it is cracked up to be and she longs for a different kind of life After a whirlwind romance though, she finds herself married and the proud owner of an alligator that was gifted to h [...]

    28. 4.5 star readElsie Lavender Hickam received a rather unusual wedding gift from her previous fiance Buddy Ebsen, a baby alligator Mrs Hickam adored that alligator and lovingly raised it in the coalfields of West Virginia When the alligator scared her husband out of the house without his pants, Elsie had to choose between her husband and the alligator What ensues is the hilarious tale of Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam.Imagine the [...]

    29. Every now and again a book comes my way that I just want to shove at everyone and scream READ THIS READ IT NOW Carrying Albert Home is one of those books It arrived on my doorstep how it fit through the mail slot on my door is beyond me and I popped it on my shelf to look at later Promptly forgot it for a week hey, I ve got a lot on and picked it up at random one sunny day and got sucked in immediately I even put aside all of my podcasts to read this one, and that says a lot By far, the star of [...]

    30. Elsie is a reluctant coal miner s wife She isn t happy about living in dust covered West Virginia with her simple and quiet husband, Homer She often daydreams about what her life could have been if only Buddy Ebsen hadn t dumped her and moved to New York to get, well, famous She fantasizes about this non existent relationship a lot, much to the chagrin of her husband And, unfortunately, this past non relationship can never be put to reste of Albert, Elsie s pet alligator you heard that right giv [...]

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