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The Great American Wagon by Lawrence Mcguire (virtual Bookworm.com)
The Great American Wagon Road is a novel about three completely different individuals who by chance find themselves traveling together to California in 1988.
First we meet Leatherwood, the narrator, a drifting street musician with a mysterious, tragic past. He hitches a ride with Paul, a stiff academic on a spiritual quest centered on the writings of J. Krishnamurti. But everything changes when they cross paths with Lara, a Grateful Dead fan who is returning to the mainstream after two years on the road.
The book is first and foremost a compelling road narrative and a description of the dynamics of a sexual triangle. But the novel goes deeper, as it probes the classic themes of death, spirituality, love, and identity. Finally, it is an unforgettable rendering of the American Experience.
The Great American Wagon Road is Book One of the trilogy, A Pilgrimage to Ojai. Book Two, narrated by Lara, is titled The Gathering at Big Sur. And Book Three is Paul’s Ojai Journal. Each book is narrated by one of the three main characters and each is complete unto itself. However the three together form parts of a whole powerful story.
The Gathering at Big Sur by Lawrence Mcguire (virtual Bookworm.com)Sex, drugs, radical environmentalism, communal drumming, wild dancing, nature worship and raging bonfires: Lara is thrown into the cauldron of the counterculture.Ensnared by affection. By dependency. By the ancient fear of being alone. Lara, a young woman in her early 20's, finds herself in California traveling with two men: a hobo street musician named Leatherwood and Paul, an escapee from Graduate School obsessed with the writings of J. Krishnamurti.
Lara is romantically attracted to both men, but both are leading her away from her goal: return to normal society, get her college degree and begin her career. Lara makes the fateful decision to go with the two men to The Gathering at Big Sur, in the mountains near the California coast. In Lara's humorous skeptical voice we share a young woman's struggle to find personal freedom and independence. Lara tells a story seething with action and emotional conflict. Only by following her inner voice will she escape from a desperate situation.
The Gathering at Big Sur is Book Two of the trilogy, A Pilgrimage to Ojai. Book One, narrated by Leatherwood, is titled The Great American Wagon Road (also available through Virtualbookworm.com). And Book Three is Paul's Ojai Journal. Each book is complete unto itself. However the three together form parts of a whole powerful story.
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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°53 (Autumn 2014)
Well, I think that’s it. The sun cream has ﬁnally given its last breath, my loyal ﬂip-ﬂops have ended up in the recycling bin and the children are off to school. I guess we are back to normal life and believe it or not, it is time to think about… Christmas! Oh noooo I’ll hear you scream, but as we are now quarterly, this issue will cover October, November and December – three months packed with ideas of things to do, visit, drink and eat.
We are always happy to welcome new contributors, but we are truly spoilt this time. Rachel Baker, journalist, food writer and now proud inhabitant of Apt, has joined the ranks (p10 & 32), and so has author Janice Macdonald (p12), who will follow for the next 12 months the inside life of a wine domain for us. We also welcome on board Richard Simpson-Birks (p15). And I’m sure you will carry on enjoying our regular contributors Bernice Clark (p8), Janice Lert (p6), Camille Vourc'h (p29) and Caren Trafford (p22), who has kindly donated books for our fantastic kids drawing competition (p28).
Enjoy the falling leaves, the chestnuts, the early nights by the ﬁre with a good book, and when you feel ready to think about it, have a lovely Christmas...
Carole Rommene, Editor