The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart

By M. Glenn Taylor
Publisher:wvu press, (6/1/2008)

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3.25 out of 5 (4 Clubie's ratings)

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The novel, Taylor's first, tell the outlaw tale of Trenchmouth Taggart, a man born and orphaned in 1903, a man nick-named for his live long oral affliction. He picks up a gun during the West Virginia coal mine wars and spends the remainder of his years on the run, changing his identity and playing a mean harmonica. Trenchmouth Taggart's epic story, like the best ballads, etches its mark deep upon the memory.
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Sam's thoughts on "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart"
updated on:2/6/2009

Oooo, I know I love history, but the historical references were a lot of fun for me. It just leaves you wondering if it was a memoir or fiction. Definitely an interesting book.

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Nick's thoughts on "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart"
updated on:1/9/2009

Overall I say thumbs up. Very interesting story line and I liked the historical references and how all that tied in. The ending was a tad unsettling to me, yet completely appropriate at the same time... but I won't give that away for those who have not read it.

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Ceci's thoughts on "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart"
updated on:1/6/2009

I thought the book was very good. I really enjoyed how each part of his life set him up for the next part of his life. For instance, how his sling shot training prepared him to be an expert marksmen. How having time to learn the harmonica gave him his career in show business. Living in the woods gave him something to base his writing career on. He did not learn something as a means to an ends. He did things because they felt right, then turned his new talents into something of use. I love that idea of following were life leads you, instead of trying to force your life in specific directions all the time.

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Unscribbler's thoughts on "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart"
updated on:12/4/2008

Quirky and interesting. I could not wait to read what was going to happen next.

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"The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart"
By M. Glenn Taylor

Average Rating:
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3.25 out of 5 (4 Clubie's ratings)

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If you renamed yourself for this period in your life, as Trenchmouth often did, what would it be?

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I was hooked immediately by the narrative voice, which I would describe as utterly kickass, take-no-prisoners in tone. The combination of hyperbole & hilarity throughout is what I would call High Hillbilly in the purest form. --Chuck Kinder, Author of Snakehunter and Last Mountain Dancer --Chuck Kinder, Author of Snakehunter and Last Mountain Dancer

Part Rip Van Winkle, part Professor Seagull, part O Brother, Where Art Thou?, part Matewan, The Ballard of Trenchmouth Taggart is picaresque, legendary, epic, and outrageous, and in spite of all that, I can't help but wonder if maybe it isn't also more than just a little bit true. And with a narrative voice so confident, so compelling, so arresting and pure, the conclusion I came to is that Glenn Taylor must have channeled the whole damn thing. --Sara Pritchard, Author of Lately and Crackpots --Sara Pritchard, Author of Lately and Crackpots

Taylor's prose is so fluid and seemingly effortless that The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart bridges the usually irreconcilable gap between popular fiction and literary fiction. It's that rare creature - a literary page-turner - and it will please both the casual reader and the college professor . . . The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart is a stunning, fully realized, unique and ambitious book that proves there's still passion, fire and brilliance in the American novel. --Eric Miles Williamson, The Houston Chronicle --Sara Pritchard, Author of Lately and Crackpots 
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M. Glenn Taylor was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. This is his first novel. His stories have been published in such literary journals as The Chattahoochee Review, Mid-American Review, Meridian, and Gulf coast.

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