by Vernon Frazer
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 0963346563
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Paul Lappen
One day, Edsel Relic, high school outcast turned performance poet, gets a phone call from his unrequited high school sweetheart, asking if he will attend the upcoming 25th reunion. This sets Edsel off on a freewheeling remembrance of his life so far.
He was picked on in high school by the jocks because of stuttering (later diagnosed as Tourette's Syndrome). After graduation, he went to New York City to become the Next Great Hipster Poet (this was during the time of the Beat generation). When that didn't work, he was forced to return home to his parent's house, and enroll in a local college.
Frazer writes this story as a very worthy written equivalent of improvisational jazz. He switches points of view from Edsel, to his friends, to the jocks who picked on him, to the local hipsters, and back again. He also changes the story from straight prose, to TV scripts, to stream-of-consciousness ranting, with special guest appearances by people like John Coltrane and Walter Cronkite.
I really enjoyed this novel. It's a very good story for those of us whose high school memories were less than happy. It also belongs right up there with the best of people like Jack Kerouac. The Beat Generation is not dead!
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