Review: Carrying Albert Home
When Elsie Lavender married Homer Hickam, Sr, Buddy Ebsen sent a baby alligator to them for a wedding gift. Elsie named the alligator Albert and loved the animal dearly. The feeling was mutual so Albert was quite tame for her. She soon realized, though, that West Virginia wasn’t the place to raise an alligator so she convinced her husband to take her to Florida to carry Albert home.
Most people know Homer Hickam as the author of The Rocket Boys, one of my all time favorite books. When I heard Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator was a prequel of sorts, I was very anxious to read it. What I didn’t realize is the book reads like one tall tale after another, a style that doesn’t appeal to me so I ended up liking the book instead of loving it the way I thought I would.
There’s nothing wrong with this book – it’s clever, witty, well written and is filled with great characters – but I struggled to suspend disbelief. I missed my book club’s discussion of Carrying Albert Home but I’ve heard everyone else loved it. If it sounds appealing to you, you should give it a try!