The Floatplane Notebooks

The Floatplane Notebooks

Clyde Edgerton / Feb 23, 2020

The Floatplane Notebooks The Copeland family of Listre North Carolina goes back a long way Each family member has a story to tell and stories to be told about one another Albert Copeland the head of the family writes it

  • Title: The Floatplane Notebooks
  • Author: Clyde Edgerton
  • ISBN: 9780345419064
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Copeland family of Listre, North Carolina, goes back a long way Each family member has a story to tell, and stories to be told about one another Albert Copeland, the head of the family, writes it all down in the notebooks he started once to track the progress of the floatplanes he built, though they never did fly Everything about the Copelands is in these books AndThe Copeland family of Listre, North Carolina, goes back a long way Each family member has a story to tell, and stories to be told about one another Albert Copeland, the head of the family, writes it all down in the notebooks he started once to track the progress of the floatplanes he built, though they never did fly Everything about the Copelands is in these books And every one of them has his say Funny and poignant, a family album of talk and tales, The Floatplane Notebooks shares the best kept secrets of love, loss, and learning to let go.

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    About "Clyde Edgerton"

      • Clyde Edgerton

        Clyde Edgerton is widely considered one of the premier novelists working in the Southern tradition today, often compared with such masters as Eudora Welty and Flannery O Connor.Although most of his books deal with adult concerns marriage, aging, birth and death Edgerton s work is most profoundly about family In books such as Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, and Killer Diller, Edgerton explores the dimensions of family life, using an endearing if eccentric cast of characters Edgerton s characters, writes Mary Lystad in Twentieth Century Young Adult Writers, have faults than most, but they also have considerable virtues, and they are so likable that you want to invite them over for a cup of coffee, a piece of homemade apple pie, and a nice long chat Raised in the small towns of the North Carolina Piedmont, Edgerton draws heavily on the storytelling traditions of the rural south in his novels Without the distractions of big city life and the communications revolution of the late twentieth century, many rural Americans stayed in close touch with their relatives, and often shared stories about family members with each other for entertainment.Among Edgerton s awards are Guggenheim Fellowship Lyndhurst Prize Honorary Doctorates from UNC Asheville and St Andrews Presbyterian College membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers the North Carolina Award for Literature and five notable book awards from the New York Times.


    1. An entertaining, at times poignant read. I've enjoyed Clyde Edgerton's books over the year. Walking Across Egypt is a fun read. Floatplane Notebooks takes you inside a North Carolina family with their quirks and interests. It starts in the 50s and moves into the turbulent 60s. Vietnam looms and the story takes a turn there.Clyde Edgerton writes literature-- in that he writes about ordinary people and their lives. To do this successfully you have to be a very good writer. And he is. Highly recomm [...]

    2. Come on, Clyde Edgerton is great. He writes funny, tender stories and has made writing little old ladies an art form. He's easy on the eyes and has a bluegrass band, for pete's sake. This book breaks rules about how many points of views are okay in writing, and I love that. Even a wisteria vine has a point of view. This book made its stage debut with the Charlotte Repertory Theatre, and Clyde had a reception before the opening. He played the banjo and talked to us like we were sitting in his liv [...]

    3. I read this for a Book Club and really, there is not much I enjoyed about it except that I was able to skim while not losing track of the story. I especially hated the drowning kittens, skinning of birds and the technical details of the floatplane. Some of the characters, like Bliss and Mark, were interesting but I just don't get the country humor.

    4. I had the pleasure of working with Clyde at St. Andrews College years ago. This one is my favorite. He captures the voices of people from my childhood!

    5. Ths book shows reality and truth of the times. These stories were told to me as a child verbatim by my grandmother late at night during her sickness after a diabetic shock. She passed in 1972/ I was age 18. We visited the gravesite for the yearly cleaning. The stories about Aunt Sarah and 'Puss' had me rolling. My grandmother could roll her names off her tongue so easily as if in a song I would laugh so hard when she said at the end: 'they called her Puss' . When I found out about this book it b [...]

    6. The parts of this book that I liked were delightful. There were other parts that made me want to throw up and I finally quit reading it. No, I did not finish the book.

    7. I've listened to this as an audiobook at least 5 times, once with my husband John Kitchens for his first time. It has ROFL parts and some of the most sad, moving parts I've ever read. this isn't really a spoiler for the best ROFL part: Watch out/listen out for Papa saying: "Thantion it, damn it, thantion it!" In this book, characters interior monologues, their thoughts, are given as speech. These interior monologues also are from "the wisteria vine" at the graveyard and the folks buried in the g [...]

    8. As a collection of individual stories and personal recollections, it was interesting, but there was no real story - nothing apart from the characters' relationships with each other to bind them all together. Mr. Edgerton does a great job juggling several different first-person points of view. Each character has their own distinct voice, even the wisteria vine. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more reports of what the vine "overheard." I was also surprised that the floatplan [...]

    9. This is a book that I thot was really kinda just ok but I read it when I was pregnant the first time and I was lying on the couch and there's a passage in the book that was so funny to me, when I read it out loud to my husband, I fell off the couch! So how could I NOT give it "an amazing" review? I read it again a few years later and the the same passage cracked me up again, altho I was not unmoored balance wise and did not fall off anything that time. Whew. Just thinking of the passage makes me [...]

    10. I really enjoy Clyde Edgerton's writing style, his storylines, and most of all, his interesting characters. They're unique and live lives worthy of dissection and discussion. Every family (hopefully) has at least one storyteller who chronicles those who came before and puts the pieces of the family puzzle together and creates a sense of completeness. Family sagas help us understand ourselves a little bit better and brings long gone progenitors again to life. Love this stuff!

    11. I liked this book. I thought it did a good job of capturing Eastern North Carolina dialogue patterns; I also thought it managed to span various time periods well and still be believable. However, if you're averse to parts of a story being told by a wisteria vine, maybe this isn't the book for you.

    12. This book tells the story of several generations in a revolving narrative that gives each character his or her own say, however briefly. Like an intricate quilt composed of squares from different quilters, the story is gradually pieced together by the voices of vivid, deeply-human characters. This is one of my top three favorite books of all time.

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    14. Edgerton writes the most amusing books. This one was no exception. The events of daily life are told by each character which confirms that we are all unique and our interpretations of life are also unique. I love Edgerton's style and proclaim this book as one of his best.

    15. I only read until a passage using the "N" word many many times. Really? And not even in the "look how ignorant these guys are" way. To me, this was not OK. I'm pretty sure any people of color would be very offended by this.

    16. A wonderful novel about ancestry and way of life in the South. This book's layout is similar to "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner. I truly loved the stories told by each of the family members and their tradition.

    17. Really 3 1/2 stars. Read for one of my bool groups. Enjoyed the different points of view the story was told from including the "vine". Author has ability to present same story from different points of view in a very unique manner. Never from the POV of the keeper of the Notebook.

    18. This story was probably not supposed to make me cry, but it did. Rich language interwoven with humor, The Floatplane Notebooks ebbs and flows with the human foibles of a southern family, and it's as real and poignant as the best of its genre. Recommended.

    19. Not endearing, unlikable main characters, too many dead children. And not humorous enough to make up for all of the above.

    20. Didn't like this one quite as much as most of his, but I still liked it. I don't think he's ever written anything I didn't like!

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