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The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw is a delightful treasury of McManus's favorite (mostly outdoor) adventures with friends. His stories explore the human capacity to laugh in the face of misfortune, such as "The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw" (Goombaw is Eddie Muldoon's grandmother) and "The Fried Flies, Please, and Easy on the Garlic," a story of dinner-party adversity: [CODE] "The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw is a delightful treasury of McManus's favorite (mostly outdoor) adventures with friends. His stories explore the human capacity to laugh in the face of misfortune, such as "The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw" (Goombaw is Eddie Muldoon's grandmother) and "The Fried Flies, Please, and Easy on the Garlic," a story of dinner-party adversity: [CODE] "Martha starts. 'I do hope you won't take offense, Mr. McGinnis, but I view hunters as the lowest form of life, not excluding bacteria and algae.' 'No offense taken,' I reply, glad for an excuse to ignore my vichyssoise, which I view as the lowest form of food, not excluding lichens and boiled beets." [CODE] American humorist Patrick McManus could make being snagged by a fishhook funny, and in fact, he does. In his story "Getting It in the Ear," he writes, "One of the more interesting things that can happen to an angler is to get a barbed hook sunk into his hide. Such is the horror and fascination of the experience that many an angler has contemplated giving up his regular work and hitting the lecture circuit to entertain audiences around the nation with a dramatic rendering of his ordeal." After all, he argues, it's the misery endured that defines the sportsman, not the fish caught or the game shot. McManus's understated, matter-of-fact vignettes--infused with amusing glimpses of life's lesser-known eternal truths-- will make you laugh. ...

Title : The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
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ISBN : 9780805010336
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 184 Pages
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The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw Reviews

  • Lori
    2019-01-23 21:11

    I'm glad I came across this book when I searching for a book with a bear on the cover. It has been a laughter filled read that I won't soon forget. If you don't know what a Goombaw is then you should read it just to find out.I highly recommend the audio version by Norman Dietz--fabulous narration!!!

  • E.A. Lake
    2019-02-15 23:03

    Writing humor is tough, real tough. It's somewhat easy to get a laugh when you tell a story face to face. But when you can make someone laugh so hard, so belly rolling hard that they're afraid they'll not catch their breath, that they might pee them self - so hard that other members of your family are afraid you're having a seizure - well, that there's funny.As with all of his books, story after story is well constructed. McManus is a master storyteller that we don't see much of these days. Do yourself a favor, pick this book up and read it cover to cover (it's small). You will laugh out loud!

  • Jim Becker
    2019-01-26 00:10

    Just a fun read

  • Beth Briggs
    2019-02-14 02:12

    Really funnyIn would recommend this book to anyone who loves the outdoors. It's full of jokes and funny stories. Patrick F. McManus did a really good job on this one.

  • Jason
    2019-02-05 22:02

    funny stories well told

  • Josh
    2019-02-03 19:13

    Yet another brilliant McManus book. This one contains some of my favorite stories.

  • Steve Payne
    2019-02-14 00:10

    It's not too often a book makes me laugh out loud. This one had my wife questioning my sanity. The night the bear ate Goombaw was especially funny.

  • Tim
    2019-01-28 01:01

    Fourth in my collection by Mr. McManus, and just as funny and quirky as the other previously-read three. The usual suspects are here, viz. Rancid Crabtree the “senior citizen” of outdoorsmen; childhood friends Crazy Eddie Muldoon and Retch Sweeney; neighbor Al Finley; and of course the practical, realistic wife Bun. While there is a sort of sameness to these stories, Mr. McManus manages to bring chuckles anew to many of them. The title story, for example, tells of a family camping trip when the author was a child, with his grandmother “(Goombaw”) in tow, in which a campfire ghost story is told indicating that a bear is hiding in the woods waiting to pounce and devour the unsuspecting camper if they aren’t prepared; the ensuing merry mixup would rival any opera by Mozart. Of course, there are the usual tales in which the supposed “experienced outdoorsman/hunter/fisherman” tries to teach the novice a thing or two but turns out to need saving himself. There are also treatises on how to remove a hook from various body parts, and how to get started in bass fishing (don’t worry about those little sections in your tackle box, just grab and stuff; the most challenging thing about finding bass is that they are covered up by water; and the like). My favorites of this work are two related pieces, “A Brief History of Boats and Marriage” and “Boating Disorders.” As one could guess, one’s spouse may have difficulty understanding the unique relationship between a fisherman and his boat(s) and the ups and downs thereof; indeed, such a relationship can have its own dysfunctional aspects. The narrative describes several different scenarios which become loosely and hilariously connected as the article progresses. Mr. McManus is a genius at pulling this off.Fun, easy read with many smiles. Recommended, certainly, even if you’re not an outdoorsman. By the way, this four-volume set will hereby be donated to my Scout Troop for intellectual stimulation during down times at our annual Christmas Tree Lot. Nice testimonial, I think.

  • Madison Keller
    2019-02-20 21:03

    This collection features several of my all time top favorite Patrick McManus stories, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, Sequences, The Dumbest Antelope, The Fried Flies, Please, and Easy on the Garlic, Out of Sync, Getting it in the Ear, Never Cry ‘Arp!’, Whitewater Fever, and more.I was introduced to McManus’s work by my father, almost twenty years ago. Everyone in my family likes to read, and for a while my father put us to bed by reading to us from various books. I remember how we all groaned the first time he pulled out a Patrick McManus book. By the end of the first story we were hooked.Don’t worry if you aren’t an outdoorsy type person. The humor in these books will appeal to anyone. In fact, several of the stories are written from the perspective of an old hand giving a newcomer to the outdoor life some sage advice – like Gunkholing, A Brief History of Boats and Marriage, How to Get Started in Bass Fishing, and At Loose Ends.Quite a lot of the collection actually focuses on stories about young Patrick’s life on the farm, and his adventures with his dog Strange and his best friends Crazy Eddie and Retch Sweeney. This includes Kid Brothers and Their Practical Application, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, Scritch’s Creek, The Tin Horn, Cupidity, Draw Thy Bow, and Never Cry ‘Arp!’The title story, featuring Crazy Eddie’s grandmother Goombaw, never fails to cheer me up. Even to this day, I laugh at loud at this story… actually, even re-reading this for the umpteenth time, I still laughed at loud several times.In fact, one time I lent this book to a co-worker. She returned it, and admitted she hadn’t finished it — because it was too funny. Trying to read it during her bus commute had led to her getting kicked off the bus for laughing to loud.

  • Jared P
    2019-01-30 17:57

    A very funny book, hilarious if you ask me. With sequences, your guide to go fishing instead. Don't try to annoy me that has, well, things that annoy him. The water spirits that are evil. This is a well written book. I suggest you read it because I don't want to spoil it too much. I propose, though, that these are all magazine articles that he wrote for his company. Hunched over a typewriter all, tik tik tak swish tik tik tak swish. Anyway he is a magazine article writer. So, he should write well, or he would starve because they wouldn't keep him because no one likes a bad book except weirdos.

  • Sara Diane
    2019-02-03 19:53

    I loved this book. I had read bits and pieces of McManus before but never a whole book. I very much enjoy McManus' off the wall view of camping and the great outdoors. I grew up in Wyoming and Colorado and can easily see each story unfolding. Highly recommend for anyone who appreciates humor and the outdoors!

  • Delie
    2019-02-05 02:06

    Tears literally streamed from my eyes laughing. When I tried to read a passage out loud to my sister, I was unable to do so between laughs and out right seizures. Hilarious. Caution ~ read in a safe area away from penetrating stares of onlookers. Your laughter will certainly be disturbing as you will not be able to contain yourself!

  • Andrew Watson
    2019-01-29 01:02

    This has possibly his funniest story in it ever. His work is cumulative, like Gary Larson, so one joke too many may put you over the top. He's an outdoor writer so it helps, but it is not essential that you have some familiarity with hunting and or fishing. If both offend you...not my problem.

  • Laurel
    2019-01-26 17:56

    This is by far the best Patrick McManus book out there. The title story has to be about the funniest thing I've ever read. Maybe it's the fact that I'm the daughter of an outdoorsman that makes me appreciate the the truth in these stories. Good for a laugh!

  • Robb Menlove
    2019-02-18 21:13

    Another in the classic long line of great outdoor humor and short stories. I think you have to live in the Northwest to get everything he is laying down. I read it to my eight year old, and we laughed our heads off together. Great entertainment.

  • Jw423
    2019-02-15 21:58

    Mr. McManus is a great auther and I would like to read more of his books. I enjoy his logic. The book was fun, only a couple of stories were out loud funny to me. But the book was good entertainment for anyone who loves outdoor sportman type activities.

  • Serena
    2019-02-12 23:05

    I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • Luke Henning
    2019-01-26 20:04

    Eddie Muldoon, Rancid Crabtree, Retch Sweeney... Great comedy when I read it as a kid and it holds true now, 20 odd years later! Loved all of Patrick F. McManus' books, great for a snort or belly busting laugh!

  • Hildy Peterson
    2019-02-18 23:59

    Grade: CNot as funny as I remember other McManus books being- good for a few chuckles but never brought me to tears. Also, it kinda flopped with the bookclub.

  • Ricardo Tavárez
    2019-02-23 22:49

    Short tales of the outdoor life. Humorous reading that even a city guy like myself can enjoy.

  • Beth
    2019-02-09 01:57

    Another hilarious book by McManus.

  • Amy
    2019-02-18 22:15

    Quick, light and funny...3.5 stars

  • Alana
    2019-02-18 21:49

    I love this book. It is positively hilarious. I enjoy all that I've read of McMannus's stuff, but this would be one of my favorites. If you need a laugh, pick up this one!

  • Tabitha O
    2019-01-27 23:01

    One of my favorite stories. I have heard so many times I can quote nearly the whole book. Daddy loves it when I come up behind him a cry " Bear, bears got me!".

  • R.K. Goff
    2019-01-30 00:06

    Anything by McManus is funny beyond reason and highly recommened.

  • Don
    2019-02-15 23:05


  • Tinae Goodell
    2019-01-25 21:54

    One of my favorite of his. Very easy to read and very very funny! Love to just sit down and read these funny short books.

  • Karolinde (Kari)
    2019-01-28 22:01

    I love his use of irony and foreshadowing. Even when you know it's coming, the "punchlines" are still hilarious.

  • Mike
    2019-01-30 19:52

    McManus has a great way of understating the situations. The stories in the book are very entertaining, with plenty of humor to spare.

  • Jackie
    2019-02-16 21:15

    Goombaw is his grandmother, for anyone who's wondering. Another laugh-out-loud series of stories from McManus' childhood.