Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime (2020)

Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime Bob Moore James Kelman Nicholas Towasser Don t Call Me a Crook A Scotsman s Tale of World Travel Whisky and Crime It is a pity there are getting to be so many places that I can never go back to but all the same I do not think it is much fun a man being respectable all his life Thus begins Don t Call Me a Crook
  • Title: Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime
  • Author: Bob Moore James Kelman Nicholas Towasser
  • ISBN: 9780977378807
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime Bob Moore James Kelman Nicholas Towasser It is a pity there are getting to be so many places that I can never go back to, but all the same, I do not think it is much fun a man being respectable all his life Thus begins Don t Call Me a Crook , a memoir of a 1920s youth thoroughly, noisily and lawlessly lived Bob Moore, a Glaswegian, was a marine engine, occasional building superintendent and ramblin man I havIt is a pity there are getting to be so many places that I can never go back to, but all the same, I do not think it is much fun a man being respectable all his life Thus begins Don t Call Me a Crook , a memoir of a 1920s youth thoroughly, noisily and lawlessly lived Bob Moore, a Glaswegian, was a marine engine, occasional building superintendent and ramblin man I have been round the world seven times, and I have been shipwrecked three times, and I have spent 100,000 Moore boasts In Don t Call Me he recounts pitched battles with Chinese bandits, life in gangster infested Chicago, and decadent orgies aboard a millionaire s yacht.Don t Call Me a Crook A Scotsman s Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime is a hardboiled noir memoir It s picaresque, perverse, and darkly funny A tribute to one man s triumph over the law, morals and sobriety, it s a lost confession that will be crowned a classic.
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  1. Greg

    I don t like boats As a child I didn t like books that had boats in them Adventure stories on boats bored me Robert Louis Stevenson was a drag In Boy Scouts I had three merit badges for supposedly being able to be nautical, but I retained nothing about learning how to use a canoe, a rowboat or a small sailboat The only thing I liked about earning those was that for each badge at some point you had to capsize the boat I rocked at that part In college I resented the ferry that needed to be taken t [...]

  2. Matthew W

    Not since James Shelby Downard s The Carnivals of Life and Death My Profane Youth 1913 1935 have I read such a fantastic real life story of a man from many decades past as that told in Bob Moore s autobiography Don t Call me a Crook Mr Moore was a suave Scottish criminal who was very good at charming individuals into allowing him to rob them among other things Bob traveled all around the world from Canada and China looking for naive individuals to take advantage of The first sentence in Don t Ca [...]

  3. Dissident Books

    This is our second release and we re just as proud.Insane Drunk Obnoxious Yet oddly charming and loveable Welcome to the life and times of Glaswegian not so master thief and marine engineer, Bob Moore While your great grandmother was doing the Lindy, Moore was sailing across the world, stealing, cheating, lying, brawling, binge drinking, fornicating, and killing But he did it all with a cheeky grin James Kelman s afterword puts Moore s world in the context of Scottish life and working class lite [...]

  4. Heather

    Bob Moore wants his readers to know that he is not a thief He just takes the opportunities that have been presented to him, even if that means he has to do a little swindling and lying, but he most certainly is not a thief This vivid memoir, written in 1935, displays Moore in all his unique glory From his stint as Chief Engineer on a luxury yacht of the restlessly rich to his snatching of a sack full of diamonds, Moore relates his almost unbelievable tale in a theatrical and over the top style A [...]

  5. David Milnes

    Don t Call Me a Crook A Scotsman s Tale of World Travel, Whisky, and Crime, by Bob Moore Dissident Books, New York.dissidentbooksThe first two parts of this book span three continents and twenty years of Bob Moore s life and they define for the rest of time a single word wastrel The third and final part, when Moore arrives in China, undoes that effort with the introduction of his limey friend Mitchell, who plumbs depths even Moore cannot reach The earlier reminiscences are always engaging and so [...]

  6. Kaylia

    Reading a memoir offers the unique experience of seeing someone s life through their own eyes Which can be both a good and a bad thing First off the conversational tone used in Don t Call Me a Crook flows easily and keeps the reader engaged On the other hand the story meanders along like a drunken fable, keeping in chronological order sure, but also recounting the matter of his life in what can only be described as a bragging tone of juvenile triumphs With the same laid back air of one discussin [...]

  7. P.

    My copy of Don t Call me a Crook was very kindly provided by the publisher.Whether all the tales in this autobiography are strictly true doesn t really matter It s worth reading just for the voice I ve never read a complete, marvelous portrait of a narcissist.From mayoclinic Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration They believe that they re superior to others and have little regard for ot [...]

  8. Stewart Home

    Don t Call Me A Crook A Scotsman s Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime by Bob Moore Dissident Books, New York 2009 is apparently a reprint of a tome first published in 1935 by Hurst Blackkett of London without the exclamation mark and the variant subtitle My True Autobiography When I first read the introduction to this reprint , I suspected Dissident Books CEO Nicholas Towasser was pulling my leg over the provenance of the text when he wrote There mustn t have been many copies printed of the [...]

  9. Sara

    In this memoir s foreword the editor mentions he stumbled upon DON T CALL ME A CROOK by Robert Moore this edition is a re issue by searching for the term Tramp at the New York Public library s database Tramp is a particularly apt descriptive for Moore, who usually has a roof over his head, but never the same roof for any given period of time He argues that he isn t a crook, but upon reading his reminisces one finds he s as opportunistic a criminal as they come Moore probably a pseudonym , an aff [...]

  10. Lawrence

    It s Time the tale was toldThe book attributed to Bob Moore was written by an Australian woman Leonora Gregory There are a number of articles and interviews with her making statements about the book such as this published by the Horsham times on the 15 May 1936, Her book don t call me a crook is the outcome of a series of interviews with a man whose unique personality and amazing adventures could not be contained in one article Leonora was a bit of a celebrity in Australia as she had taken a shi [...]

  11. Vickie

    It is a pity there are getting to be so many places that I can never go back to, but all the same, I do not think it is much fun a man being respectable all his life So begins the tale of Bob Moore, a man from Glasgow, Scotland in the 1920 s Bob was a marine engineer by trade and a thief, womaniser, diamond smuggler, gunrunner, liar, drunk ne er do well by choice He seized opportunities as they came and generally came up smelling semi rose like from almost all altercations He traveled the world [...]

  12. Kate

    There isn t much in the way of dramatic tension in this book, but I enjoyed reading it anyway This is a Scotsman s 1920s ish memoir of various misdeeds, including murdering Chinese men, bilking women out of money and goods, and drinking a lot But he s not a crook It s like when you re listening to some guy talk about how he got really high on whippets, stole a car, and wrapped it around a telephone pole Really funny, but you begin to think, Where do we go from here It comes down to how amusing y [...]

  13. Jennifer C

    I LOVED this book The first page of the foreword grabs you and your attention is held all theway to the end It may be an autobiography but it reads like a novel Iloved reading the parts that take place in Chicago as it really seems tocapture what it was like to live here in the 20 s Throughout the wholebook the publisher also adds footnotes to help explain the slang the authoruses and some of the historical events he references The author, BobMoore, lived quite the life and yet he doesn t bore y [...]

  14. Dawn

    Of the three sections of this autobiography, the first two were entertaining in a weird way, and the last was sad As an example of the first sections, Bob takes a diamond ring from a lady on a train, tells her he s going to go pawn it and bring the money back in half an hour, but doesn t go back for a week Of course she s not there any, and his take on it is this I suppose there are people that would say I should have got back quicker to meet her, but I really think she has learnt a valuable les [...]

  15. Michelle

    This book is awesome I think I have a new favorite genre It was so good and so easy to read I never wanted to put it down.This is the story of a drunken man It takes you on journey around the world He experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of low His life was an adventure through many countries, cities and across just about every sea I couldn t even imagine what it would be to live this man s life Read it Trust me, you ll enjoy it

  16. Mechele McDaniel Rose

    Moore s life was certainly adventurous Basically, he makes money, loses money, steals money Then the cycle starts all over again He is not a person I would like He likes to brag This is a book I won from giveaway.

  17. Nicholas Belardes

    An excellent travel narrative that makes you wonder if other criminals could lead as interesting of lives Makes you think seriously about not taking up a career in a ship s engine room.I m working on an interesting related article on this book and the writer s family

  18. Mick

    If this man s not a thief, I m a professional book reviewer He may not be a man you would befriend but he certainly had one hell of a life This is a good read, written in the language of the era and once you get used to this you will enjoy.

  19. Armando

    This is a great book, of a man who is a crook it is a very funny and entertaining memoir his life was full of events in which his telling wraps you and take you back to that time.

  20. Stuart Douglas

    The most obvious comparison for this rogue s autobiography is Charles Bukowski round about the time of Post Office , but the one that occurs to me is Dug Boetie s brilliantly funny Apartheid era memoir Familiarity is the Kingdom of the Lost Like that book, this is the true story of a petty criminal, told in his own words, and seemingly as lacking in self awareness.Bob Moore is what tends to be called a loveable rogue though only by those who ve never been ripped off by him and certainly he views [...]

  21. Christopher Nosnibor

    Much has already been made of this book s background and how it came to be rediscovered, a languishing lost gem ripe for republication, both in the Introduction by the publishers, Nicholas Towasser, and in other press and reviews, notably Stewart Home s blogged review This would suggest that there s little to be said on the matter, but the text s history it was originally published in 1935, but essentially sunk without a trace is integral to our reading of it Or is it The narrative tone of Bob [...]

  22. No

    Classic Written in the 1920 s during prohibition in unrestrained times The story of a Scottish sailor named Bob Moore who travels the world many times over, and tells of his insane adventures, opportunistic crimes, and the constant mayhem that is his life Bob Moore jumps from ship to ship, hitting ports, getting drunk, taking prostitutes, stealing, fighting and murdering He sails on different ships that smuggle things like drugs, guns, and people He witness torcher, rape, public executions, and [...]

  23. Simon

    Don t Call Me A Crook by Bob Moore Don t Call Me A Crook by Bob Moore dissident Books A scotsman s tale of world travel, whiskey, and crime.This is a repressing of a long lost autobiography by the much forgotten Bob Moore who was the man the subtitle describes and he tells his tales of what he got up to as a young scots Ships Engineer in the 19teens through to the 1930 s it was published in 1935 a couple of years before Bob died of alcoholism aged 37 He basically lived to drink and get into scra [...]

  24. Leigha

    This book has neither a beginning, middle, nor end It has no storyline, over it is no than a bunch of stories you might hear told if you had a man over for cards a man who happened to be well oiled while telling them I don t think you could even call it a book of short stories, because it isn t really that either Written in the vernacular of the time, Bob Moore s tale of world travel, whiskey, and crime does not disappoint By the end I tend to agree with Bob when he says he is anything but a cr [...]

  25. MJ

    Though, really, I am not a crook at all, because a crook is a man who steals things from people, but I have only swiped things when I needed them or when it would be wasteful to let slip an opportunity With this sentence on page 2 of Don t Call Me a Crook A Scotsman s Tale of World Travel, Whisky and Crime I was officially hooked Any man who could so finely and humorously justify swiping things was worth reading about Bob Moore was a man that lived according to his own rules without apology or r [...]

  26. treva

    The introduction amounts to over hype I really didn t think this was a as fantastic and hilarious as the publisher thinks it is Really, the same things happen over and over Work on ship get a bit of cash abandon ship spend cash in three day bender look for new ship Repeat for 250 pages It s actually kind of boring Mildly amusing in some places, but hard to overlook that Moore is basically an irresponsible jerkoff and totally, unapologetically racist The footnotes will insult your intelligence th [...]

  27. Ann

    He led an interesting enough life to warrant a biography, and since it is an autobiography, it can be overlooked that he didn t tell his story with a particularly critical pen But he writes with the cadence of a ten year old, so that the sentences are short and choppy And then I did this And then I did that until he gets excited about something, and then the sentences just become run ons that don t pause for breath And he seems to view the world with the outlook of a ten year old also, not reall [...]

  28. Opera

    Bob Moore s Don t Call Me a Crook was totally delightful to read The manner of writing is simple and to the point We learn first hand of how life was like in some ways for those alive in the Twenties Moore could justify all of his wrongdoings so that they didn t seem all that bad after all His tales of his trips into inner China are almost not to be believed I can t imagine it being told better No one could help but enjoy the republication of this book found by Dissident Books The footnotes make [...]

  29. Jessie

    Easily one of the most hilarious books I have ever read Don t Call Me a Crook is the memoir of Bob Moore, who traveled the world and finding trouble wherever he went Throughout the book Moore tells stories about himself, the people he meets, the numerous jobs he had, all the alcohol he drank and again all the trouble he found himself in, yet always finding a way to get out of The book has a very conversational tone, it feels as if your with Moore as he s telling you these stories, and I think th [...]

  30. Robin

    You have to love a narrator who is so unapologetic and usually quite defensive about his chronic bad behavior Although the low level writing style can be frustrating at first, it becomes a part of the straight forward attitude Moore has about his deeds Frankly it is amazing he survived to tell his story, considering how many times he got himself into a near death situation such as going into a tunnel that takes 36 hrs to walk through one way and taking only flashlights and liquor Definitely ente [...]

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