A Whiskey Train And A Doughnut Day

1249 WordsApr 13, 20175 Pages
The Great Depression was a dark period in American history. Countless fortunes, jobs, families, and even lives were destroyed during this sad chapter. Add drought along with the unending dust storms known as the Dust Bowl to the mix, and the result is a recipe for disaster. Although the time setting can be dark and depressing, “A Whiskey Train and a Doughnut Day” is an optimistic literary work written from the resilient perspective of a child. It is the story of a young boy who endured many vicissitudes, but who also enjoyed a happy childhood, surrounded by a loving family and a host of good friends. Woven within these stories, the reader perceives a thread of hope, perseverance and strength that characterized a good number of those who…show more content…
Then, when the dust storms arrived, the wind would howl for days, blowing insidious dust into their homes, turning days into nights. Cook writes, “Women did have nervous breakdowns due to the wind, the constant never-ending wind. Do you know what it’s like to be in wind that never, ever stops?” After detailing the seriousness of the living conditions during this period in American history, Cook changes the to tone to give us an account of his many antics growing up on the Colorado plains. There was the time when he was playing with Junor and Gene Teel and they tried to do a 180 on the swing set, “At that moment, Junor hit the 180 and plummeted straight down about twenty feet, but he stayed in the saddle.” And the time time when he delivered doughnuts for the Methodist Ladies Aid Society. He realized the ladies were putting thirteen doughnuts in each bag. Thinking they had put an extra doughnut by mistake, he would eat the extra doughnut from every order he delivered. By the time he made it home that evening, he was quite ill from all the doughnuts he ate. He estimated the grand total around thirty or forty. It was then that his mother revealed to him the concept of a “baker’s dozen.” It is quite evident from his writings that the author was extremely proud of his father. Cook describes how he would watch his father perform ingenious maneuvers in order to line up the freight railroad cars as quickly and efficiently as possible. His dad conducted a

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