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on June 9, 2015
Reading and rereading this hilarious collection of hunting, fishing, camping, and small town adventures - well, it just makes me feel warm and fuzzy! With his cast of characters - true "characters" everyone; McManus creates a series of delightfully hilarious vignettes! Introduced in "Skunk Dog" we get to learn about Pat's childhood pet, Strange the Dog, one of the most memorable characters with his slovenly, almost human-like, ill-mannered attributes. Other characters making their debut include the inept, bungling cast including Al Finley, Cousin Buck, Mary Jane Railbender, Doc Portnoy, Milt Thumbscrew, Pinto Jack, and Adolf Wrinklebunn. Lovable returning characters included Gram, Mom, The Troll, Retch Sweeney, and the unhygienic, lazy, old woodsman, Rancid Crabtree. With all those characters, Pat weaves his stories and allows each character to come alive in a subtle, matter-of-fact, but uproariously humorous manner.
Pat uses locale as a backdrop for his humor - settings like any pasture, mountain, lake, stream or wooded area of northern Idaho - in each case they add to the humor.
This book had one of the most hilarious camping diaries I've ever read in "Journal of an Expedition" which highlighted the comedy of errors: History of the Tuttle Lake Expedition Under the Command of Patrick F. McManus. It's almost like watching an "I Love Lucy" episode!
Pat McManus hits yet another homerun with They Shoot Canoes, Don't They, highly recommended for all ages!