The Seven League Boots



[Read] ➵ The Seven League Boots Author Albert Murray – E17streets4all.co.uk In the triumphant concluding volume of the trilogy that began with Whistle Guitar and The Spyglass Tree, Albert Murray gives us what is at once an African American coming of age novel and a pitch perf In the triumphant concluding volume of the trilogy that began with Whistle Guitar and The Spyglass Tree, Albert Murray gives us what is at once an African American coming of age novel and a pitch perfect evocation of a touring jazz band at the height The Seven eBook Þ of the Swing era Murray s hero, Scooter, graduates from an Alabama college and becomes a bass player in an ensemble headed by the legendary Bossman As Scooter criss crosses the United States, he and his bandmates find themselves retracing Sherman s march to the sea, the Underground Railroad, and the conquest of the West The Seven League Boots is nothing less than a jazz epic, so vivid, high spirited, and infectious that readers will tap their feet to the music of its prose A work of joy, of celebrationa great work of art, a rich and moving song of the human spirit Los Angeles Times A fictional tale spinner in the grand Southern tradition Washington Post Book World.The Seven League Boots

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader ensemble headed by the legendary Bossman As Scooter criss crosses the United States, he and his bandmates find themselves retracing Sherman s march to the sea, the Underground Railroad, and the conquest of the West The Seven League Boots is nothing less than a jazz epic, so vivid, high spirited, and infectious that readers will tap their feet to the music of its prose A work of joy, of celebrationa great work of art, a rich and moving song of the human spirit Los Angeles Times A fictional tale spinner in the grand Southern tradition Washington Post Book World."/>
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Seven League Boots
  • Albert Murray
  • English
  • 27 July 2019
  • 0679758585

10 thoughts on “The Seven League Boots

  1. says:

    Albert Murray probably wrote someplace why he titled the third book in his semi autobiographical trilogy The Seven League Boots, but I haven t found it yet The definition of the term, at least by consensus on the internet, makes sense Seven League Boots are boots of myth and fairy tale that enable their wearer to take seven league strides about 24.5 miles Googling the phrase even uncovered a 1950s newspaper advertisement from the American Trucking Association arguing that the trucking ind Albert Murray probably wrote someplace why he titled the third book in his semi autobiographical trilogy The Seven League Boots, but I haven t found it yet The definition of the term, at least by consensus on the internet, makes sense Seven League Boots are boots of myth and fairy tale that enable their wearer to take seven league strides about 24.5 miles Googling the phrase even uncovered a 1950s newspaper advertisement from the American Trucking Association arguing that the trucking industry is Today s Seven League Boots overtaking your high cost of living The wonder of traveling great distances in very little time is ubiquitous in Murray s third, triumphant novel His protagonist, Scooter, faithfully stops amidst his various Swing Era adventures to assess his distance from the Spyglass Tree back in Gasoline Point, not only in terms of miles, but in terms of history, personal development, achievement and enlightenment It is tantamount to an involuntary reflex for Scooter to credit the folks back home who put him on the right path and encouraged him along the way, especially the various fairy godmothers who intervened at pivotal moments just like those in the stories he heard when he was a boy The title choice could also be a nod to Richard Halliburton s book published in 1935 detailing his swashbuckling adventures all over the globe Back in Scooter s childhood, detailed in the first book, Train Whistle Guitar, Scooter and his best friend Buddy Marshal explored the canebrakes, woods and rivers of Gasoline Point imagining themselves to be explorers and discoverers and Indian scouts as well as sea pirates and cowboys and African spear fighters not to mention the two schemingest gamblers and back alley ramblers this side of Philmayork In The Seven League Boots, Scooter achieves his childhood dreams of adventure and exploration, crisscrossing the country with a top shelf jazz band, living the high life in Hollywood and touring Europe At one point during his European jaunt, Scooter contemplated the Americans who d visited Europe before him, the veterans of World War I he d listened to back in the barbershop in Gasoline Point, other famous musicians, and the Lost Generation of writers, particularly Hemingway That moment reminded me of another American novel written by another iconic lover of Jazz, Jack Kerouac Comparing Kerouac s Desolation Angels and Albert Murray s The Seven League Boots, for example, illuminates the potentially enormous contribution to America Murray s works could be if they were only readThe jazz in The Seven League Boots is the jazz of Duke Ellington, the Swing Era and big bands while the jazz in Kerouac s many works emerged shortly thereafter in an age of the avant garde, improvisation and Bebop think Thelonious Monk Both writers, neither of whom were musicians themselves, wrote like the jazz they loved Murray s prose is smooth, blues filled, shouting and cool Kerouac s is frantic, ecstatic, dissonant and tangential Both books follow their protagonists across our country and across the globe, pay homage to those who came before and preach the gospel of jazz, but only Murray s provides young Americans with a game plan for success in every aspect of the word We could have used another forty years of Kerouac We are fortunate to have enjoyed 97 years of Murray This triumphant final novel of the trilogy riffs on hard work, respect for elders, imagination and love of country in the context of a young black man making his way in Jim Crow America Have your students read Kerouac and then transition to Murray Have Thelonious open the set for the Duke Listen Schoolboy, he kept repeating during my first month or so in the band, this stuff we play for this band is not just music This stuff is life, Schoolboy Life LIFE Man, I mean I m not just talking about cutting some dots, Man, I m talking about making them dots mean something p 322 Amen

  2. says:

    Murray is definitely a 20th century novelist, perhaps a first half of the 20th century novelist, writing on the cusp of the 21st century Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Louis Armstrong, James Joyce, and, I m guessing, John Dos Passos are his influences and his desired peers The Seven League Boots is the third volume in what I thought was a coming of age trilogy, but two years ago a fourth volume, The Magic Keys, was published Murray was born in 1916 in rural Alabama, meaning he came of age h Murray is definitely a 20th century novelist, perhaps a first half of the 20th century novelist, writing on the cusp of the 21st century Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Louis Armstrong, James Joyce, and, I m guessing, John Dos Passos are his influences and his desired peers The Seven League Boots is the third volume in what I thought was a coming of age trilogy, but two years ago a fourth volume, The Magic Keys, was published Murray was born in 1916 in rural Alabama, meaning he came of age himself during the Great Depression and Jim Crow and not incidentally during the heyday of a shadow culture of black excellence, where the Talented Tenth were identified and giving community support to find their way to the best in available education so they might at least return to the community as teachers, ministers, doctors, and lawyers or perhaps assume a national role as the scholars, artists, politicians, and leaders who led the next wave in the fight for advancement in American society Scooter is Murray s stand in and in this volume he has graduated college and landed the job of replacement bassist for the nation s greatest jazz band think Ellington meets Basie, that good and that influential a leader He has plans of going on to graduate school but first wants to exploreavenues and earn cash to help him get all the way to his doctorate As in the previous novels he learns much from his mentors, sponsors, and lovers, travels the country with the band for a year, leaves them to try his hand as a solo musician in LA for a spell, becomes involved with a Hollywood movie star think Katherine Hephburn , and travels to Europe He ends his grand tour with plans to re settle in New York after a down home visit Murray is a polymath and writes brilliantly if sometimes preciously about books, food, film, sports, jive, politics, art, and, of course, jazz music His Joycean experiments with prose rise no higher in inventiveness than Dos Passos s in USA but, perhaps because their appearance is linked to the music and language of jazz, issupple and effective The book is short on plot but moves like a picaresque novel less a story of overcoming challenge than making a wondrous journey Success seems pre determined but, except for the too frequent and cloying reminiscing about his too well loved former college roommate, works It is a grand tour and I ll be beginning The Magic Keys shortly

  3. says:

    1996 really that late I guess it means he wrote vols 2 and 3 much later than the first one this could be expected to make himnostalgic,trying to bring the period and people of his youth to life, to remember them, record them He gives brief life stories of a great many characters, seems to me wanting to show the richness of communities of people he knew in his lifetime Which he succeeds in doing.I wanted to believe this third vol was autobiographical, but after checking Murray s 1996 really that late I guess it means he wrote vols 2 and 3 much later than the first one this could be expected to make himnostalgic,trying to bring the period and people of his youth to life, to remember them, record them He gives brief life stories of a great many characters, seems to me wanting to show the richness of communities of people he knew in his lifetime Which he succeeds in doing.I wanted to believe this third vol was autobiographical, but after checking Murray s bio on Wikipedia I think it can t be very autobiographical, though he must surely be drawing on lots and lots of people he knew well in real life.GREAT BOOK, great read In the triumphant concluding volume of the trilogy that began with Whistle Guitar and The Spyglass Tree, Albert Murray gives us what is at once an African American coming of age novel and a pitch perfect evocation of a touring jazz band at the height of the Swing era Murray s hero, Scooter, graduates from an Alabama college and becomes a bass player in an ensemble headed by the legendary Bossman As Scooter criss crosses the United States, he and his bandmates find themselves retracing Sherman s march to the sea, the Underground Railroad, and the conquest of the West The Seven League Boots is nothing less than a jazz epic, so vivid, high spirited, and infectious that readers will tap their feet to the music of its prose Murray was not into Black Rage and dwelling on racist incidents, and apparently he was criticized by many because of this I can see both points of view In any case, even though Murray seldom refers to racist incidents and only a couple times addresses the topic at all, most of the book makes me very aware of the great distance between my narrow, provincial, small town midwestern culture and Murray s culture among some groups or strata of African Americans So many words and expressions used in the book I recognize right away have meanings over and above the meanings I am able to assign them e.g a person signifying seems to have a special meaning The way people interact, the way they talk to each otherthan just the words used , all the unsaid, understood things underneath Of course there must be many subcultures in the country that are equally strange and closed to me maybe it s precisely because Murray does such a great job of opening it up, showing it, that lets me see the gap.By the way, unlike the first volume, this book is not written in any kind of dialect, barring a few bits of conversation.The detail and depth of the discussions of the music played by the band in this book are incredible Murray did spend many years writing music reviews of this kind of music, so he really did know a lot about it I sure have missed out on a lot by not being well acquainted with this kind of music or most other kinds, for that matter, even though I think of myself as someone who enjoys music It s a fascinating read.The ancestral imperatives are a theme in this narrative Seems to refer to expectations of the community that raised him to make his life achievements a credit to that community and maybe even a credit to the race not his words Schoolteachers, college teachers, family, other members of the community THEIR expectations of him, I think I think it s in connection with the ancestral imperatives that he also says being an answer to the old folks prayers For Murray, or at least the main character of this series, the ancestral imperatives are a big force in his life, not exactly a guiding source, but a consciousness, an awareness This volume has many references to down home people and events described in volume 1.I m curious who the Bossman is modeled after Both Duke Ellington and Count Basie are mentioned several times in the narrative but not appearing but surely one or both are used for Bossman Also, who would the Hollywood movie star Scooter lives with for a time be resembling One reader suggests Katherine Hepburn, could be I was a bit less interested in the last quarter of the book that went into this movie star and the wealthy Swiss aristocrat with great knowledge of jazz and blues that she felt she learned so much from and that she introduced Scooter to who was equally impressed and then Scooter s few weeks in Paris, mentioning practically every Paris boulevard he walked on Not real sure what the function of this last quarter of the book was it s so different from the traveling blues band which was just so wonderful and amazing.Some nice insights in the last part in the pros and cons of an American esp a brownskin emigrating to live in Europe e.g Paris Also, reflections on the difference between playing blues swing to a French audience and to an American audience anyway one that grew up with the music.Brownskin is the term most often used in this volume for what today we often call black.Here s a nice description of the Bossman He stood up and came down out of the control booth walking his crotch airing, knee loosening, back straightening, shoulder adjusting sporty limp walk and took his place in the center of the studio All I can say is that as far as I was concerned the way that band played music was the way I had come to think about music What I heard when I heard that band was not only the sound that went with the way things looked and felt but also the sound of how I already felt about things It was the sound equivalent of whispering to yourself The sound not only of my blues bedeviled situation, but also of my aspirations, my fears and frustrations, and my celebrations and exhilarations p 303Words I don t know VAMP noun and verb Every phrase of the music should be like a jive quotation from the signifying monkey

  4. says:

    Very unique writing style, I can see how it mimics jazz and music but it was tough going at timesthe story really waffled and I think this book wasabout the stylized writing and historical musings, the main character seemed very weak to me Felt too long, was a bit of a struggle to push on to the end.

  5. says:

    Had a hard time with this book Just couldn t get into the story which I found to be dull This is on my shelf to read again so I might like it better the second time.

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