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Item Number:  17452387



Legs An Authentic Story of Life on the Road


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Seller Name: Ainsworth Books
Member since 1/2010
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Location: Point Roberts, Washington, United States

Listing Date: 10/3/2011



Item Description


Title: Legs An Authentic Story of Life on the Road Publisher: Key Porter Books
Author: Brooks, Oscar D. Publication Date: 1991
Binding/Format: Hardcover Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket ISBN: 1550132873
Inventory #: 14925    


Large 8vo  9" - 10" tall; 256 pages; "He went by the nickname "Legs" A tall tough-minded teenager, He had done a man's work without pay untill he jumped a boxcar and fled from his home in Saskatchewan. In the following years he road the rails across the length and breadth of the continent and lived by his wits and brawn. This is a story of wanderlust in the great American "On the Road" tradition. Oscar Brooks draws on his memories of a time when young men with ambition, but little money, lived separate,allmost self-contained world. This world was inhabited by hobos, bindel stiffs, and jungle buzzards, By hoggers, Yard Bulls and gandy dancers. It was a harsh life, where steady jobs were hard to come by, especially for a kid with no family or home. Legs survived by doing any job. He husled pool, Panhandled, worked as a diswasher, labourer and farmhand. he was hels in an Ameican jail when caught crossing the border illeagally, and busted out. He made love to the wife of a traveling salesman, made war with belligerent drunks in a pool hall, and once, in a restaurant, watched as the waiter coolly shot a at with a .22 calibre pistol before serving customers. This is an exuberant account of a forgotten way of life."





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