Chronicles the author's early life as the daughter of a rodeo announcer and a trick rider, whose tumultuous free-spirited relationship is set against the gritty backdrop of the Western rodeo circuit, despite marriage and divorce....
|Title||:||Rain Or Shine|
|Number of Pages||:||249 Pages|
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Rain Or Shine Reviews
Her father, Cy Taillon, was the adored king of the rodeoannouncers - so handsome that he doubled for Robert Taylorwhen he found himself in Hollywood and her mother was Pat,a mercurial, vain vaudeville dancer who needed desperatelyto break away from her poultry farming family. Meetingwhen Cy was announcing the 1931 Montana State Fair and Patwas part of the featured entertainment they married aftera whirlwind 24 hour courtship and spent the next 10 yearsin a nightmarish cycle of dizzying highs and death defyinglows. They made Scott and Zelda look like the original stayat homes as they matched each other in alcoholic recklessness,promiscuity and maddening impulsiveness.This is a really readable memoir as their daughter Cyra retracesher past as "unofficial" mascot of the rodeo circuit and whetherthe Cy she remembered - his flair, his showmanship and hisvoice "like runnin' molasses" was real. His later years werespent as a staunch and unbending disciplinarian who scornedalcohol and worshipped his second, steadier wife Dorothy.Cyra was born in 1939 (one of the photo's dates seem to disputethis) and there are some indelible memories of home being aroomy, classy Packard - even when it was ankle deep in hamburgerwrappers!! But the sad thing was that Cyra's birth signalled thebeginning of the end of the volatile twosome's marriage. Withintwo weeks of the divorce headstrong Pat was already married toRoy who had carried a torch for her for years and was as uptightand conventional as Cy was soon to become. There are some funnylittle stories about Roy's health conscious ways, his vegetarianismand his mania for keeping the body healthy!!This little book was short listed for the Pulitzer Prize and isalso Cyra's story as she eventually comes to terms with hermother's mental illness, suddenly being supplanted in her father'saffections by a young, attractive stepmother and the relentlessconventionality of her father in his older years. Also playinga big part in the book is Aunt Ila Mae, always there to "pointthe finger" at Pat in their early years but eventually becominga support and showing some insights into Pat's volatile behaviourin the last few pages.A terrific book you will not limit to one reading.
This book takes place in alot of places, but mostly in Missoula, MT, where I used to live. It is an interesting story about rodeo families.
Great memoir of growing up in the midst of the tempestuous relationship between the author's hard-living, rodeo announcer father and her frustrated, former-showgirl mother.
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