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Posted June 13, 2013
THE DRIVER is a cure for the common summer doldrums. Few books
THE DRIVER is a cure for the common summer doldrums. Few books make me laugh out loud or take me where I have never been - THE DRIVER does both. George Donato is such a likable protagonist, with all the foibles & self esteem issues we all know so well - but he is also heroic in a variety of ways that society increasingly dismisses.
While the author dishes out some very humorous, light fare, the ride’s destination is the seamy underbelly of Hollywood and the proclivities of A-listers and the elite army that serves their special needs.
There are no victims here (well, actually one…), just willing participants in a warped system of values and priorities. We meet teachers, aspiring scientists and otherwise ordinary citizens who succomb to the strain of life and grasp the ring of cash that is offered in a bizarre micro-economy. And the stars we worship – we find are unable to pursue conventional intimacy and instead elect “take out.”
The escort industry characters we meet seem better off and more well adjusted than the stars they service, quite literally, but D’Alessandro also demonstrates that in their ‘success’ they too are lost and ultimately no better off than the stars above or the average Jose below them. Ultimately, we must rely on George to lead us in the right direction – and it’s clear the author has put much of himself into the character – but even good George can lose his direction.
THE DRIVER is very far from a polemic on Hollywood or even the sex trade – it is firstly a comedy. But D’Alessandro smartly probes the gurgling mess of Tinseltown, bringing us close to its darkside – like a themepark ride - without bringing us down. He makes us laugh and smile at the window (a mirror to some) he provides on the human condition, with elements both universal and those peculiar to Hollywood.
Bottom line - this seemingly lightweight conveyance is built on a solid chassis, steered by the deft hands of a driver we should all continue to watch.
So here's to indy publishing and new voices! The only way to ensure the D'Alessandro's of the world can continue their craft is by stepping up and purchsing their books! Please follow my lead in this regard.
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