Received a copy of Western Roads By Michael Walsh through the First Reads Giveaway
Non-discriminatory sex required, orifices need apply, no animals were victimized during the realization of the characters sexual exploits.Think of this book as 1970's retelling of a Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn misadventure during the time when flower children, free sex, debauchery, and misanthropes roamed the world like a conspicuous Bigfoot.
"Your life has been like a lost fawn scampering
through a brush fire."
Story of a young man named Michael, coming of age in 1974 Minneapolis, where his father works as a licensed Psychologist and his mother lives a life with the reputation of once being a patient in the local "nuthouse". His best friend Othello Bolen is a young man of mixed-race who's father hung himself after spending 10 years in the clink. Othello's mom now spends her free time drinking like a Grouper and sleeping around as if she were a member of a rap group. Together these two precocious young men have unorganized dreams of wandering the grounds of America before they get too old, like 25 years old, and by that time it would be too late, stuck in Minneapolis would be a irrevocable reality.
"The intoxication of hurling myself forward,out there.
The wonder of a total stranger pulling over. The
anticipation before the door popped open and I met
my prize. The bon voyage!"
To give the readers a taste of the trouble that seems to find these boys, here is a chain of events that befell them on a night out with the boys; Superman and military attire, headed downtown, need some titillation, body in a trunk, faked death, method acting ingenuity, real death, mass confusion, drunken stupor. Oscar Award winning performance will earn you a shiny piece of metal handed to you, or a shiny piece of metal inserted into you, the choice is in the eye of the beholder. Follow the friendship as it leads you to the west coast complete with misfortunes, precarious events, compromising situations, colourful characters and utter calamities.
Western Roads is a real interesting read in which you won't understand a good portion of the book due to the limitless meanderings of the characters thoughts. With that said the substance that is attainable will keep you coming back for more like a drug addict on a bicycle in a gated community on recycling day.
With the representation of writing dynamics akin to Burroughs' Naked Lunch, and a Kerouack-esque American expedition complete with a Fear and Loathing drug-induced delusional voyage. Western Roads will pique the interest of free-spirited, and openly-shady characters alike.
Does the indication of semi-biographical mean you evade police surveillance?