------ Lawrence Mcguire
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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The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).