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Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston [Read] ➳ Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston By Louis D. Rubin Jr. – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Growing up in Charleston in the 1930s and 1940s accomplished storyteller Louis Rubin witnessed firsthand the subtle gradations of caste and class among neighborhoods from south of Broad Street where e Growing up in Charleston in the s and s accomplished storyteller Louis Rubin witnessed firsthand the subtle gradations of caste and class among neighborhoods from south of Broad Street where established families ancestral glories and traditional s held sway to the various enclaves of Uptown in which middle class and blue collar families went about Uptown/Downtown in PDF or their own diverse lives and routines Changing circumstances within his own family impelled his absorption in what seemed to be two separate worlds and granted him a remarkable perspective into Charleston's evolving identity as an historic seaport on the cusp of modernity during the Great Depression and the onset of World War IIIn UptownDowntown in Old Charleston Rubin draws on eual parts autobiography and imagination in a series of briskly paced renderings of his native Charleston that capture the atmosphere of the Holy City during this era when the population had not yet swelled above sixty five thousand when oldtimers still spoke with awe of the earthuake and when the coming social and economic revolutions that shaped the latter half of the twentieth century had not yet found a toehold in the old city Rubin's wide eyed narrator is an earnest and observant guide who ably takes readers on excursions to and through recognizable landmarks including Adger's Wharf the Battery Union Terminal the shops of King Street the High School of Charleston the Majestic Theater and the College of Charleston With youthful glee he watches the barges and shrimp trawlers along the waterfront rides streetcars down Rutledge Avenue and trains to Savannah and Richmond paddles the Ashley River in a leaky homemade boat pitches left handed for the youngest team in the Twilight Baseball League ponders the curious chanting coming from the Jewish Community Center and catches magical glimpses of the Morris Island lighthouse from atop the Folly Beach Ferris wheel His fascination with the gas electric Boll Weevil train epitomizes his appreciation for the freedom of movement between the worlds of Uptown and Downtown that defines his youth in Charleston.


4 thoughts on “Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston

  1. Kimberly Greenwald Kimberly Greenwald says:

    Series of short stories about southern culture and identity A uick read but lots to think about


  2. Matt Matt says:

    I was turned on to this book because I had read other Rubin books in the past This compilation of sketches did not do it for me gave the book good reviews and all the book stores in Charleston had it front and center on their shelves My reaction to the book is that I still enjoy Rubin's writing but not thrown together in this way I anticipated the sketches and stories to be about people in Charleston culture places? However all we received were novel like excerpts that had no flow and certain ideas were dropped on us in the book without even a previous mention Rubin goes on a rampage about being lonely and trying to find himself and then reveals in the next chapter a conversation he is having with his wife? His fascination about trains and working class people and his own uest to find himself is really a good story but not good when told in separate sketches with no flow Please don't buy this book purchase Small Craft Advisory instead and you will unleash what a creative and intuitive writer Rubin really has become


  3. Peg Peg says:

    READ OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog on Writers and Writing My Father's People A Family of Southern JewsRubin's book is part autobiography and part imagination used to describe growing up in Charleston SC in the 1930's Among other descriptions he neatly portrays the class and caste distinction of those who live south of Broad Street vs the enclaves of middle class and blue collar families living Uptown


  4. Michael Carnell Michael Carnell says:

    A good book of a series of fairly short anecdotes or sketches of life in Charleston in mostly the 1930s and 40s Louis Rubin lived these stories knows his stuff and is an entertaining writer


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