Saturday, April 27, 2024

the last book I ever read (Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong, excerpt six)

from Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong:

Since I did not have a chance to play my cornet, I did odd jobs of all kinds. For a time I worked unloading the banana boats until a big rat jumped out of a bunch I was carrying to the checker. I dropped that bunch and started to run. The checker hollered at me to come back and get my time, but I didn’t stop running until I got home. Since then bananas have terrified me. I would not eat one if I was starving. Yet I can remember how I used to love them. I could eat a whole small ripe bunch all by myself when the checker could not see me.

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