Paper Moon

Paper Moon The classic tale of a female Huck Finn Peter Bogdanovich s film version of the book was nominated for four Academy Awards Set in the darkest days of the Great Depression this is the timeless story o
  • Title: Paper Moon
  • Author: Joe David Brown Peter Bogdanovich
  • ISBN: 9781568582306
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paper Moon
    The classic tale of a female Huck Finn, Peter Bogdanovich s film version of the book was nominated for four Academy Awards Set in the darkest days of the Great Depression, this is the timeless story of an 11 year old orphan s rollicking journey through the Deep South with a con man who just might be her father Brimming with humor, pathos, and an irresistible narrative enThe classic tale of a female Huck Finn, Peter Bogdanovich s film version of the book was nominated for four Academy Awards Set in the darkest days of the Great Depression, this is the timeless story of an 11 year old orphan s rollicking journey through the Deep South with a con man who just might be her father Brimming with humor, pathos, and an irresistible narrative energy, this is American storytelling at its finest Paper Moon is tough, vibrant, and ripe for rediscovery.
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  • Joe David Brown Peter Bogdanovich

    Joe David Brown was a journalist and author, best known for the novel Addie Pray which was adapted into the 1973 film Paper Moon.Brown was the son of William Samuel and Lucille Lokey Brown He attended the University of Alabama and began his career as a police reporter for the Birmingham Post in the mid 1930s He married the former Mildred Harbour in 1935 In 1936 he was named city editor for the Dothan Eagle He moved on to positions with newspapers in Atlanta, Chattanooga and St Louis before joining the New York Daily News in 1939.Brown served in the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, parachuting into Normandy during the D Day invasion He was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre with palm for his service The war also ended his marriage to Mildred Afterward he returned to the Daily News but also began contributing fiction and non fiction to the Saturday Evening Post He married the former Frances O Reilly in 1945, having met her while on assignment in Europe.Brown s first novel, Stars in My Crown, was based on his earlier short story Grandpa and the Miracle Grindstone He was commissioned to adapt the novel for the 1950 film version, starring Amanda Blake, whose family was from Birmingham In 1949 he joined the staff of TIME magazine as a foreign correspondent, reporting from India, France and England until he left the magazine to become a freelancer in 1957 The film version of his 1956 World War II novel Kings Go Forth opened in 1958.Brown s comic novel Addie Pray was set in Alabama during the Great Depression The film, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starred Ryan O Neal and his 10 year old daughter Tatum as con artist partners Tatum won an Oscar for best supporting actress, though her part was really a starring role.Brown died of a heart attack at his home in Mayfield, Georgia in 1976.


  • This is an amazing and nostalgic thrill ride of a book, full of 1970 s psychedelic spirit and unforgettable characters Definitely a book I d recommend D

  • After eleven year old Addie Pray s mother dies, she travels around the South with Moses Long Boy Pray, the man who might be her biological father He s a con man who tricks widows into buying Bibles and photographs of their deceased husbands The sassy, smart Addie proves to be a good accomplice They soon move on to sophisticated swindles as they travel from Alabama to Tennessee and Louisiana.I soon found myself cheering on Addie and Long Boy even though they were cheating people out of money dur [...]

  • The basis of the memorable BW Academy Award film 1973 starring Ryan O Neal and his daughter Tatum who won an Oscar award for her performance at age 8 , this 2002 edition re titled from the original Addie Pray has a forward that explains the book movie connection Set mostly in depression era Alabama and narrated by spunky 11 year old Addie Pray this book follows her adventures as the adorable and adept accomplice to the many money making hijinks pulled by charismatic shyster Moses Long Boy Pray w [...]

  • This was a re read for me, but the first time must have been at least 35 40 years ago I remembered some parts and particulars, but the ending not at all A very satisfactory ending, I must say Addie joins Scout Finch and Ellen Foster as one of my favorite child narrators Even with the con games and swindling, Addie and Long Boy had their own kind of morality and code of ethics.My favorite quote from the book that sums it all up nicely Everyone is better off with some class, Major Lee said once, b [...]

  • I have forever been a fan of the flimflammer, the con artist, the charming swindler It is a subject I have long admired as my own personal approach is so distinctly the opposite I can not recall ever having gained anything worthwhile with a lie, and thus my skills of charm and deceit remain terribly undeveloped I save myself a lot of time with a simple approach, but I do have huge respect for the con They are a world apart and I am thrilled to live vicariously through books like this

  • Second reading The movie adaptation was titled Paper Moon The novel was later re issued under that title.Joe David Brown

  • Oh the delights of just plain reading for pleasure And this book was just that First published as Addie Pray in 1971, it was made into the movie Paper Moon in 1973 I remember that, too, as being a delightful little film, though it s been 40 years For those of you unfamiliar with the film it starred Ryan O Neal and his daughter Tatum as Addie Pray, who absolutely charmed me Now the fictional character Addie Pray has done it again This charm almost feels subversive because of the hucksters that Ad [...]

  • I have seen the movie that was made based on this novel than once I have always loved it I thought Tatum O Neal was the coolest little kid ever and I loved Addie The movie changed quite a few things from the book For one thing, the title used to be Addie Pray, but when they re printed the book, they switched it to match the title of the movie To be honest, I like this title better, so that s okay with me I wish they had been able to add some of the things that happened near the end of the novel [...]

  • When he was wound up right he could sell doodle bugs for doorknobs Long Boy was a con man in the hardscrabble days of the Great Depression Addie Pray was his eleven year old accomplice and sidekick Together young Addie and her daddy combed the Southern United States looking for their next big swindle.To say I enjoyed this book is a understatement It is funny, warm and clever and just as good as the movie named for it called Paper Moon Joe David Brown created some unforgettable characters in this [...]

  • One of the best books I have ever read It is a happy collection of scams, stings and adventures by a depression era con artist and his possibly illegitimate daughter The story is told from the perspective of 12 year old Addie Pray who takes us through the life of a pair of grifters They start out small, tricking widows into buying bibles and photos of their departed loved ones, but gradually expands to doing business on much bigger victims They have run ins with bootleggers, the bonded cotton bu [...]

  • They just don t make books like this any Addie Pray is a female Huckleberry Finn, with the practical, good hud insight of Scout Finch and Mattie Ross I picked it up first because it charmed my father back in the 1970 s, then I jumped in, thrilled it was set in Alabama, my adopted home Finally, I surrendered to Addie s charms because her character is irresistible A precocious, film flammer with a belated sense of justice, Addie is an original.Forget the movie, Paper Moon although it is faithful t [...]

  • This book, which McKenzie reviewed, sounded really interesting, so I borrowed it from her andI was hooked I always like to read books about enterprising con men and women who you can sympathize with Addie Pray is eleven years old, and she travels around Alabama and a few other states with Long Boy, who is possibly her daddy, and they fleece a whole bunch of gullible people.I agree with Kenzie in that this one should have become of a classic It s really entertaining not what I would call high br [...]

  • I ve loved the movie for many years, Paper Moon, but I know that movies rarely cover the entire story In this case, it covered about a third of the book which was originally titled, Addie Pray The rest is just as good, and the end is really sweet, but I can see why they decided not to do a sequel The author made mid 1930s South really come alive for me, but what really amazed me is how an older man could write from a twelve year old girl s perspective I m so glad I took the time to read it.

  • Loved this book Loved it Best con story that I ever read Old school Flim flam Well drawn characters Bogdanovich did a terrific job with the movie I prefer the book, though So many adventures with Addy and Long Boy Lot of fun, and a great snap shot of Depression era america Deserves to be read by folks Pick it up

  • I ve read and re read this book many times since my childhood My mom had a copy, and eventually it became mine The movie Paper Moon really missed much of the charm and the point of the story for me.The whole point of the book IMO is tagging along on a series of adventures, getting a feel for the rootlessness and need for each other that the two main characters have Also, leaving out the colonel and the whole New Orleans story A total crime That s by far the best of the book A vagabond finds a ho [...]

  • I am obsessed with the movie Paper Moon so I had to read this It did not let me down Rarely am I glad I have seen a movie before reading the book but since Tatum O Neal is so perfectly fantastic in the film, I was happy to picture her while reading this book I was sorry I saw Silver Linings Playbook before reading the book because I kept picturing Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence the whole time I was reading it I digress.This book is filled with garbled, confusing, southern twang that at tim [...]

  • I read this book about a thousand times between the ages of 11 and 14 I can still recite much of it from memory It s a kid s eye view of high adventure in the time of the depression in the South I wanted to be Addie Pray, a savvy kid con artist along with her may be father It s amazing, how well Joe David Brown wrote from an 11 year old girl s perspective, it fit perfectly with my own view of the world at that age This book formed my ideas of a romantic life, in the sense of being a brilliant ki [...]

  • Highly enjoyable I have always been a big fan of the movie version of this novel that came out in the 1970s starring Ryan and Tatum O Neal but I am now an even bigger fan of the novel a delightful romp through the depression years as told by Addie Pray, a precocious 11 year old scamp The movie was pretty faithful to the first half of the novel but most of the second half was not included in the movie Maybe it was being saved for a possible sequel Anyway, the whole book is fun story telling about [...]

  • Please note This is not a children s book I somehow thought it was and gave it to my 10 and 12 year old to read, which they did, before I read it And then when I read it I was quite horrified at the inappropriate content It wasn t explicit, in fact, I m quite sure my 10 year old missed all the references, but STILL I couldn t settle down and enjoy the book very well until I left it for a couple days to let my feelings of shame simmer It is a story ABOUT a child, however And it s really quite int [...]

  • I really like this book, but this is one of the rare times where I like the movie than the book Maybe I m biased because I saw the movie as a kid first, but it s still one of my favorite movies That being said, the book is also amazing and offers up insight from Addie and details about the characters In the book, its made clear that Moze is probably Addie s father, but he wont admit it than the movie does However, I wasn t too interested in the latter half of the book involving Major Lee and [...]

  • I read the older, pre movie version of the movie, Paper Moon If you can, read the old book, it may be called Adie Pray, I can t remember Then watch the movie The movie is good, but it leaves out so much It is about a young girl who is orphaned and travels around with a professional con man They run scams like selling bibles to recent widows, tricking the agriculture committee, and selling a moonshiner his own illegal liquor Great characters and even better descriptions of the story.

  • About half way through the book I found it funny that I was pulling for the dishonest heroin This was a very entertaining read about a young girl and her maybe father going about the south in the 30 s pulling cons The heroine did have many wonderful moral qualities, and at the same time was all about doing business Don t base this book off the movie which was kind of dark and depressing This book is light hearted and fun for the most part.

  • Those of you old enough may remember the black and white 1973 film of Paper Moon featuring an impossibly young looking Ryan O Neal and his daughter, Tatum as a couple of smalltime cons working the southern states of America during the Depression Youtube has scenes here youtube watch v dXWVS3 The film was funny and well done but deviated from the storyline in the book which is worth reading for its own sake Lots of fun and a happy feel good ending.

  • For a while I thought I was going to like the movie better than the book but once Major Lee came along, I was hooked Colorful characters and crafty schemes drive this book and adventure abounds The Southern dialect seemed a bit off to me at times but that s a picky detail only Southerners will notice It s been said before but it s absolutely true Addie Pray is Scout and Huck Finn rolled into one She s the real deal.

  • I read this book when I was living with my mother in law It is a very longing, lovely story There is so much the main character is trying to overcome and cope with and she finds the right man who eventually helps her to become comfortable with herself and her situation This is after going through many trials and tribulations.

  • Wonderful, lovely book Different from the film, but I do love them both The styling and language is perfect and charming.The characters are amazing Cons money making business are just a vehicle for a story about close relationships The ending just about broke my heart but kind of in a Harold and Maude way where everything ll be alright.

  • I think that this book reminds me of an episode of The Simpson s when Bart has taken up grifting rubes The part where they hobble together a golden bible and con the widows is the only part of the book I really remember very well I remember sitting back and thinking genious and wanting to immediately go out and make myself a con.

  • I almost never give five star ratings.Addie is a young girl traveling through the Depression era south with her grifter father She is precocious, witty and engaging, and her observations of human nature are bitingly on point and occasionally hilarious Her frank first person narrative draws you into her world of cons and con men from the first page and never lets go This is a must read.

  • I loved this book It is a rambling tale of an unlikely duo a young girl, a middle aged con man , getting into trouble and finding love in one another Heartfelt, but far from cheesy and typical The setting is one of the things that I loved, you get a true sense of the people and places I didn t want this book to end Now a days it would probably be a series.

  • Great fun Not deep or really engrossing or anything, but just plain fun I especially love the narrator s voice and personality the characters are very real and I was rooting for them all the way Very unique and definitely had me laughing I loved Addie

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