The Bear in the Attic Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
rolific humorist Patrick McManus (The Deer on a Bicycle) offers another winsome collection of anecdotes and essays on fishing, camping, hunting and other outdoor activities and catastrophes. Childhood hijinks loom especially large in The Bear in the Attic: McManus recalls youthful culinary misadventures that culminated in a rock-hard loaf of bread useful only as a football; faking a cold so that he could finish an overdue book report only to take a disastrous impromptu fishing trip with the eccentric neighborhood woodsman; and other mischief-making. McManus also intersperses more recent tales of the sporting life as well as family life in his native North Idaho.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
More outdoors humor from McManus.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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McManus also updates old hunting and fishing jokes - lying about the size of your fish; the ways in which the old, sage hunter gets the neophyte to do all the work under the guise of "teaching" him; and the neophyte's hunt for the mythical sasquatch. But the old pro is at his best when he is spinning long, elaborate yarns with sophisticated twists that require the reader to follow carefully and put two and two together to get five or six.
His title story, "The Bear in the Attic," starts out with the apparent kidnapping of a young girl. Turns out the kidnapper is her grandfather (the author, of course). To entertain her, granddad promises to tell her about a bear in an attic. He begins with the story of how McManus' cowardly cousin goes AWOL from the U.S. Army by hiding in his parents' attic. He does so in collusion with his mother, though his father never knows a thing until the FBI raids the place and takes the young man off to lockup.
But what does all this have to do with a bear? McManus' granddaughter asks. The storyteller then spins off into the sequel in which his uncle brings home a bear cub.Read more ›
I felt at home while reading it - like I was with Pat every step of the way, it felt as if we had the same childhood experiences - hunting, fishing, camping, and growing up in the wilderness and small communities of the Pacific Northwest Inland Empire.
The story that supplies the book's title ranges through a veritable history of a small Idaho town affected by World War II before any of its content relates remotely to a bear or an attic. Some feel annoyance at such digressions; my view is that I choose to spend a bit of time in this story teller's company because he does not hurry, does not abridge any telling detail or elide a nanosecond's chuckle.
What is especially satisfying about this collection is its scope: a long, almost Homerian tale to begin the game; recollections of a youth well spent in snow caves and shooting; modern -- which is to say recent -- anecdotes involving recreational vehicles and psycho-palaver. Pat McManus, if he were a tenor, would have the range to sing all the voices of the Mikado, himself.
Many humorous essays do not invite the reader's return; a punchline lets the air out of the literary balloon. But I find myself picking up this book repeatedly because the writing makes me laugh. Each journey through an essay shines new light on an element of humor, of piquancy I had missed before. With Mr McManus, the joy really is in the journey, not in the destination (or punch line).
Mr. McManus hails from an area decorated in what he describes as, "Idaho Gothic". Happily there are writers like he who can be found in a wide variety of locales. These people see what many of us view, but what they record, or understand, has much more detail, greater depth, and they then use their well honed gifts to share their observations with us.
Andy Rooney has been sharing his insights on 60 Minutes for many years, Garrison Keller will also come to mind, and Christopher Buckley would probably be the youngster in this crew. And then there are the legends, Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, pick your favorite satirist or storyteller, if you don't yet know this man you will readily add him to your list.
An outing with his granddaughter is either to the pool hall or the library depending on the point of view of the speaker, same goes for the head librarian who makes great Shirley Temples.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Well, what can one say? McManus is a gem. My family all gather around the dinner table to listen to yet another McManus yarn. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul
You have got the love this author. McManus has a way of telling a story with just enough exageration to it that you will find yourself laughing out of loud, and often time having... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2013 by Aquarius Lady
I wish I had known about Patrick McManus sooner. An absolutely hilarious book. He spins stories about his family, relatives, friends, and community. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by jednick
Hilarity typically ensues whenever one reads Patrick McManus.
For years, Inland Northwest author McManus has regaled readers to the point of hysterical laughter with his... Read more
If you haven't yet discovered Patrick F. McManus, aka "Mr. Outdoors," THE BEAR IN THE ATTIC is a fine place to start. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by Roy E. Perry
Pat McManus comes through again! Just when you think he must surely have run dry, he has another batch of great tales centered on his outdoor experiences. Read morePublished on July 21 2002
Okay first off, Ilove McManus' books and think he is great.
Secondly-This is a funny and interesting book. Though I have to say that this does not compare to previous books. Read more