Brave Laughter

Brave Laughter

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Brave Laughter The first of six books for an Entertainment and Humor Cycle by the award-winning author David Loye, Brave Laughter is the rousing, witty, and inspiring story of nine generations of an unusual American family from its wildly speculative roots among old European nobility to the booming electronic realities of the early 21st century. This span of roughly five centuries is adroitly covered through an unusual blend of four perspectives. The primary perspective is biographical-the stories generation after generation of the rollicking family life, foibles, and comedy and tragedy in the lives of a family distinguished by a fierce independence of mind and a rare gift for story telling. As indicated by the subtitle The Years of the Story Tellers, the stories they cherished, told to each other, and passed on from generation to generation at times read like a blend of Mark Twain, James Thurber, and Garrison Keillor. A second perspective is historical. The flavor of three distinctive eras for American history are captured in the kind of brief time capsule retrospectives that Frederick Lewis Allan and Will Durant once excelled in. A third perspective is that of the author's fictional imagining of characterizing memories for each era. The book opens, for example, with the attempt by post-Civil War moonshiners to hang the key genetic link to the future for the family, one Moses Tully Sanders, qbravest revenue officer in the U.S.q and apocryphal funny story teller, who escapes by telling an entrancing long one. The first section, The Early Years, covers the stories of the family from a speculative beginning as far back as the Vikings, through colonial times in the New World, the founding and pioneering years for America, to the Civil War. The second section, The Lake Settlers, focuses on the book's archetypal characters-the brave revenue officer's widowed wife and five children as they move north out of Tennessee and Iowa to settle on a small lake in Minnesota. Though different, at the same time the setting, stories, and adventures are sometimes uncanny real life analogues of Keillor's Lake Woebegone tales. The third section, The Children of the Lake, tells of the Jazz Age, Depression, World War II, and late 20th century years of the seven radically different children of Moses' son Clarence, the fiercely independent patriarch of his generation. Ranging from fiercely radical, to liberal, to arch conservative in ideology, we follow the lives of Moses' grandchildren as they scatter from coast to coast throughout America tied together with a powerful longing for the Lake Years of a golden past. The book ends with a haunting sense of an ending for America as once upon a time it was. But at the same time a fourth perspective that shapes Brave Laughter offers a stirring statement of faith in the future. This is the book's underlying quiet tracking of the evolution of American humor as a blend of the frontier perspective characterized by Mark Twain and the older tradition of Jewish humor that in the 20th century flowered again in America. The book offers a new theory for the powerful impact of humor on human evolution as well as a pioneering tracking of the evolution of American humor. Other books in the Benjamin Franklin Press publication of Loye's Environment and Humor Cycle include Return to Amalfi, The Parable of the Three Villages, Tangled Tales of the Book Trade, and Grandfather's Garden. Besides for press releases, author's bio, and background, related websites include,,, and Cover by Bill Sanders and John Mason. Production: Cassandra Gallup Bridge.... or book reviews with great relish. The Mahtomedi chronicles provide an example of one of these essays he wrote ... He became the behind-scenes think- tank and back-up staff for the high school newspaper. aquot;He wrote our material or helpedanbsp;...

Title:Brave Laughter
Author: David Loye
Publisher:David Loye - 2007-05

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