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Delano

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by John Orozco
     
 

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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 campus filled with oddball professors, rabid women's libbers and misguided leaders of the social revolution. His

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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 campus 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 dark 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:
9780966481617
Publisher:
Parnassus
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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