Delano

Delano

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by John Orozco, Curtis La Chusa
     
 

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Eddie Delano is an underachieving, recalcitrant young man desperate to avoid life's absurdities and cursed to experience them in total. His sidesplitting quest begins in war-torn Vietnam but moves quickly to rural California and a circus-like college filled with oddball professors, rabid women's libbers, and misguided leaders of the social revolution. His helpers and…  See more details below

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Eddie Delano is an underachieving, recalcitrant young man desperate to avoid life's absurdities and cursed to experience them in total. His sidesplitting quest begins in war-torn Vietnam but moves quickly to rural California and a circus-like college filled with oddball professors, rabid women's libbers, and misguided leaders of the social revolution. His helpers and guides include the ultimate con man, a stoned-out hippie, and the wicked woman of his darkest desires. Despite their shenanigans and the obstacles provided by the comically inept sheriff's detectives and the maniacal vegetarians of Baba Rama, Eddie finds his treasure. Or does he?

Editorial Reviews

The Best Reviews - Kelley Hartshorn
"Orozco's writing is witty and biting, the characters are memorable, and the political atmosphere of higher education and, later, public education at this crucial time in American history is very entertaining."
The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction - Paul; Michaela; Helen Simpson, Bushell, Roddis
An American campus novel with some of the biting wit Heller brought to war in Catch-22 applied to academia. Perennially under-achieving, Delano's odyssey starts with him shooting off his big toe to avoid further entanglement in the Vietnam war, but shifts to a California campus. You know those reviews that begin, "i haven't laughed this much since...'Well, the title they're often talking about is this one by Orozco.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148556022
Publisher:
Parnassus
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
170
Sales rank:
1,125,329
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

John Orozco grew up in Corona, California, in the frenetic '60's, playing guitar in various rock-and-roll bands but avoiding work otherwise. In 1969, he was drafted, and he quickly realized there were some things worse than work. After two years in the Army, he attended California State University, Sonoma. His satirical account of college life, lampooning students and professors alike, comes mostly from those years, but his brief stint as a high-school teacher in the Los Angeles city schools doesn't escape his sharp wit. For almost two decades now, he's taught English a L.A. Mission College, where, even after serving as chairman of the Liberal Studies Department, his inability to avoid pointing out to him what is obviously absurd has become somewhat of a liability. Go figure.
He lives today in Tujunga, California, with his choreographer wife of twenty-five years, Tobie Columbus, and thier two children.

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Delano 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first sentence to the last John Orozco's 'Delano' will keep you smiling inside and out...Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a recommendation from a dear friend, I went and got my hands on a copy of Delano. The escipades of Eddie had me laughing months after I finished the book (for the 3rd time!). I even went so far as to buy copies for my mother and grandmother as well, and they enjoyed it so much they lent it to friends. It is unusual to find a writing style that flows so easily through your mind when you read, it was almost as if you were there in the room with Eddie during this part of his life. John Orozco captures that feeling successfully in his writing- kudos to him! (and I really hope that rumor about a part 2 is true...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing this novel recommended by so many people on this site, I decided to give it a try. A great central character and a lot of funny moments made this novel an enjoyable experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up and couldn't put it down. For the first time in a long time, I stayed up into the night reading it. The lead character, Eddie, confronts a world of characters who claim to be someone other than who they really are. After a series of truly funny turns, he learns to be himself. A book by someone who loves humanity enough to poke fun at our quirks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be quite honest, I don't even laugh at most comedies let alone a book. I thoroughly enjoyed Sam and his constant encounters with misfortune. All of the characters have a real human quality and offer a diverse look at reality. Everyone will find something or someone they can personally relate to in this book, especially if they grew up during the 60¿s or 70¿s. Just a word of advise, don¿t read this book next to someone who is sleeping, because you will find yourself laughing out loud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband read this book and kept it from me. He was laughing every time he picked it up. I wanted to know what the joke was. 'You won't get it. It's not your type of book.' Well, that did it. I had to read. At first I kept wondering, is this guy serious? But then I started to laugh. I'm not supposed to laugh at this kind of thing. But I couldn't stop laughing. Orozco's satire is just plain funny. He understands human nature and cuts right to the absurdity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy an unique point of view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this several times, and still enjoy it. From the opening line through the end, I laughed and cried. The novel is a farce, set against the backdrop of college in the 1970's on the GI bill--but as with most farces, it has a serious point. The lead character, Eddie Delano, discovers that almost everyone he meets hides a true identity behind a facade. Since Delano has gone around my circle of friends, we often refer to people and events from the book as if they were real. I sometimes describe acquaintances as 'a little like Sam' or having 'Alice's taste in health food!' This book prompted me to ask myself, 'How many of us went through that era pretending to be someone different than who we really were?' Yet I find that younger friends (who didn't 'survive' the 60's and 70's) recognize that in the book even sooner. I give Delano thumbs up for the kind of love of human beings, with all our quirks and hangups, that you find in authors from a previous age.