I ve rarely approached a positive review with such trepidation Perhaps if I tell you that To Kill a Mockingbird is the only comparable book which comes to my mind you ll understand why While I lov
I've rarely approached a positive review with such trepidation. Perhaps if I tell you that 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is the only comparable book which comes to my mind, you'll understand why.While I loved simply reading the story and appreciated the genuine ring of young Galen's voice as he slid (flailing helplessly) somewhere from childhood to young adulthood, and the wonderfully quirky but equally realized Uncle Phat, I couldn't help but feel that there was more to this fascinating novel.I suspect that Virginia Arthur has written this with multiple motives driving her quill, or word processor. So I'm going to suggest that Uncle Phat represents 1990's America: confused, unattractive, widely disliked (globally speaking), misunderstood - and yet with a heritage that has beauty (somewhat marred by excessive consumptionism, like Ruby the car), courage, style and who reflects aspirations that have some nobility at root. I'm going to suggest that young Galen represents modern America, with new values in the forming and a whole lot of painful choices in the making. Of course Galen is influenced by Uncle Phat, and by Ruby, and of course that glorious and flawed heritage will pass to Galen, make of it what he will.Ms. Arthur writes, against all odds, with a stubborn hope for the future which is reflected in the kaleidoscope of - mostly - decent Americans which Galen and Uncle Phat encounter on their odyssey through the heartland.The plot is simple, the pace perfect, and tension is maintained beautifully throughout. The ending is oddly satisfying in a minor key.I may have misunderstood the author's intentions, and misread the book, but I am convinced that this book has multiple layers of meaning to it, and it's a great read on any level!Popular Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation) Author Virginia Arthur is a Ebook It s what you have been wondering for years just how many Buddhist monks CAN you fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible It s 1990 and just another typical summer day in Mapletown, Indiana until Uncle Phat, The Reptile or Uncle Mike, as he used to be called , wanders into the garage and gives his puberty stricken 15 year old nephew, Galen Calcoun, only about an houIt s what you have been wondering for years just how many Buddhist monks CAN you fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible It s 1990 and just another typical summer day in Mapletown, Indiana until Uncle Phat, The Reptile or Uncle Mike, as he used to be called , wanders into the garage and gives his puberty stricken 15 year old nephew, Galen Calcoun, only about an hour to pack The four of them, a squinting Uncle Phat, his beloved Ruby a 1970 ruby red white top convertible Buick Electra 225, Galen, and the three books about Buddhism that take their place in the middle of the front seat, are headed to Houston, Texas to look at an engine for Ruby They leave a note for the family and with ZZ Top blaring, take to the road Both are escaping not only the monotony of their town but also the tyranny of the cousins who by sheer numbers alone, wield chaos based control over the entire clan, the brunt of which is borne by Uncle Phat though Galen is tiring of it too, even if he doesn t know it yet Intellectuals in a sea of morons is how Galen views it ten years later as narrator, recounting their trip that includes lessons in French history from Vincennes Indiana and Cape Girardeau, Missouri Of course they have to make a stop at Mark Twain National Forest After a foray in a casino bar on a boat in Shreveport, LA, they have a run in with a bunch of gun totin nature lovers on ATV s It could go horribly wrong but Their irresponsible behavior is buffered by the people they meet on the trip that despite their antics, see the better side, invite them in, befriend them The point of the trip was what again Oh yea, getting to Houston to look at that engine for Ruby exceptAll the while, they are badgered by the family to stay in touch so they can get yelled at, chastised some , bashed for acting irresponsible Starting with the first lie, the trip is predicated on lies and when it ends, only one of them returns home Wow is now.E book only Print is POD and only available through my website Print books are 5 ea Please see my website to order print books Thank you.. Libri III Consummatum est DONE Out soon I hope.Regarding my novels I hope you enjoy them and thank you for reading my work and leaving reviews.La De DaI am a professional field biologist of many years I have worked all over the U.S including some fantastic field years in Alaska and in some parts of Europe I am saddened that the human species has never really developed the respect for its own planet that it should but attribute this to the fact that the human species is the only one on earth aware of its own mortality throughout its entire life so of course, this affects human primate behavior basically we are all consciously subconsciously in a constant state of freaking out over our own pending deaths not to mention our life spans are relatively short In other words, we are in a trap we can never get out of and it makes us all kind of insane.Then consider the current state of human evolution still primitive regardless how sophisticated our methods for altering our environment are all of our actions to invent, exploit, etc are motivated by a still infantile desire for self gratification, this drive so strong, it overrides any real concern regarding the catastrophic implications of climate change The take home message any species that is fully aware of perils to ITSELF and ignores these perils is not really all that intelligent as a species and will likely go extinct We should be talking about these thingsbut we are living in a time when people are so unfamiliar with intellectual discussion that it is quickly labeled as negativity There is a difference between a critical intellectual discussion and negativity, the result being there is tremendous pressure by the human species to discourage other members of the human species from talking about real things he s worried about climate change He s sooo negative testimony again to the human primate s selfish desire not to have its own pursuit of happiness tampered with interrupted even in the face of planetary death If we re honest, we really don t give a shit about future generations because we don t live long enough to BECOME future generations per the original point.All of these factors make us inherently selfish, unable to TRULY plan care about future generations meaning the human species is a tragedy unfolding We will go extinct from our own actions probably long before the meteor slams into us or the sun burns oute tragedy being, as Ms Carson says, the people had done it to themselves Man himself will as surely become extinct as sequoia or mastodon, and be at length known only as a fossil John Muir, God s First Temples, 1876 C mon John Stop being so negative.. Good Kindle Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation) This is a marvellously entertaining rambling narrative based on a simple premise; a teenage boy and his black-sheep-of-the-family uncle take a road trip. But the story isn’t as simple as it seems, taking as many detours as the characters do on their adventure. The best comparison I can make is Catcher in the Rye meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance set in 1990.For anyone who grew up through the 90s, this story will conjure up many fond memories of that time: the music (on cassette tapes – remember those?), the lack of smartphones or indeed cellphones of any kind, and a certain naivety and trust we had in one another and this world before it was changed forever in the 2000s.The narrator’s voice is wonderful, as is his relationship with his uncle, which also twists and turns with the road. Don’t be fooled (or perhaps phooled) by the light-hearted, humorous opening chapters. This story packs a solid emotional punch as it changes up gears. Glad I read it.