Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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Charlie Whistler's Omnium Gatherum: Campfire Stories and Adirondack Adventures

By Philip Delves Broughton. New York: Harper, May 17,2016,272 pages, 8 in x 8 in. ISBN: 9780062323613, $29.95, hardcover.


The best stories are often passed down through the generations. Joy becomes a memory, memories become tales, and tales become legend. Family photo albums become time machines, allowing us to see into the lives of our ancestors, providing brief glimpses into the lives they lived. Charlie Whistler' Ominum Gatherum is a spectacular look at the fictional lives of the Whistler family, who have spent their leisure time in the Adirondacks for the past 150 years.

Presented as a faux scrapbook, discovered by young Charlie Whistler at his family's camp, this is an extremely attractive hardbound journal. The interior is lavishly illustrated with photographs, paintings, sketches, and loose-leaf notes that have been collected by Charlie's family. Every single page has a story to tell, and no two pages are alike.

Among the collected ephemera of the Ominum Gatherum are recipes for flapjacks, a terminology chart for baseball fans, postcards, and newspaper clippings. …

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