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Posted July 22, 2002
A resonant novel of the sixties
Cal is a young man born during that indeterminate span of years between the last Depression-era babies and the first boomers. Adopted, seeking a moral compass, Cal abides by the small southern river town values of his best friend's father--until the family's younger son leaves home and the father sends Cal to bring the youth back. I've been riding along with Cal as his journey takes him to Daytona Beach, Boston, Chicago, and points west, sharing in his confusion as his perspective alters. Long Time Gone is evocative and nuanced, moody and delicately lyrical. Partly paean to the varied land- and weather-scape, partly road trip a la Kesey or Kerouac, partly history lesson, partly mind trip, the protagonist's growing awareness of what drives his friends, acquaintances, countrymen, lovers, and eventually, himself, resonates with me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.