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Bob Goodwin
re; Roger Pocock etc.
Wed Mar 7, 2018 12:40pm

The bigger question is how much can Roger Pocock be trusted. Yes, he exaggerated, but he does not seem to invent his stories. They are based on core facts, not inventions. He also editorializes. How he switches between the three seems to be the sticking point. Take the Robbers Roost story. He reaches Monticello, cannot find a guide to the Roost. He then switches to a description of the Roost and further on into editorial. The reader is left to decide whether he went to the Roost or not, and where description slips into editorial or opinion. Our late twentieth century brains were not programmed in that style of prose, However, among the literary elite they were more able to detect the difference. When he is talking about Captain McCarty and second in command Cassidy, does so with a humorous, wink, wink. He does not intend to be serious, but is using the terms as a play on the outlandish newspaper stories he references.

Yes, it is a poor attempt at being a humorist, reminds me someone trying to be a Mark Twain.

  • re: Roger Pocock's adventurous ride - A ResponseDaniel Buck, Tue Mar 6 5:54am
    Bob, What I wrote was this: "It does appear that Pocock actually made the journey. In late November 1899, New Mexico newspapers reported him being found lost and starving near Deming. In late January ... more
    • re; Roger Pocock etc. — Bob Goodwin, Wed Mar 7 12:40pm
      • Re: re; Roger Pocock etc.Daniel Buck, Wed Mar 7 2:30pm
        Bob, I'm not sure there is much disagreement between us -- especially because we are both skeptical & attentive (you even more than I on the latter score) readers. That said, three thoughts. His book ... more
      • PocokBob Goodwin, Wed Mar 7 12:44pm
        The bottom line is that I think he can be trusted, in general, you just have to know when he is trying to pull your Calavaras County leg.
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