One of the funniest books you will ever read, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett is his autobiography. Talk about Southern charm. The voice of David Crockett rings honest and funny. His quaint language tickled me from the first page.
It did not take me long to read this book because the stories move fast and keep one’s interest. Crocket got bullied in school and decided not to attend anymore. When his father found out, two weeks later, he chased David “at top speed” for over a mile. Hold it right there. How fit were these people?
One hunting season, Crockett killed 107 bears. That’s a lot of bears. His descriptions of how the dogs run a bear up a tree and then David comes and just shoots the bear down did not turn me off. As a vegetarian and a bear lover, you would think I would feel differently. But I understand they had to survive back then on bear meat and anything else they could get their hands on. No Whole Foods in their neighborhood.
The story of how he got elected to Congress sounds super funny, too. His political speeches? Nothing but jokes, as he did not know what to tell the people about political issues. Just a riot. And, as you know, he was from Tennessee. This book should be required reading in all of America, but especially so in Tennessee.