Don't Ever Leave This Country

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Set in San Francisco during the early 1980s, Don't Ever Leave This Country draws a connection between the narcissism of America and that of a reckless young man on the loose for the first time. You might not want to trade places with the protagonist, Evan Bando, but you will stay with him through the good times and then the hard lessons learned until the fateful conclusion that catapults the reader to the present day. This strange and funny novel starts out as a simple tale of youthful excess and indiscretion, ...
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Overview

Set in San Francisco during the early 1980s, Don't Ever Leave This Country draws a connection between the narcissism of America and that of a reckless young man on the loose for the first time. You might not want to trade places with the protagonist, Evan Bando, but you will stay with him through the good times and then the hard lessons learned until the fateful conclusion that catapults the reader to the present day. This strange and funny novel starts out as a simple tale of youthful excess and indiscretion, and goes beyond with its intriguing storytelling and strong emotional impact.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781441505583
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    An Orgiastic Handbook Guide to Paranoia. Only when you leave the cultural comfort zone that owns you in hive mentality collective pride, can you see how the rest of the world lives in love fear hate & awe of it, wishing to bring to the ground.

    Set in hedonistic late 1980s San Francisco. An eerily quirky novel thoroughly enjoyable in the sense that reading it, I felt lucky what happened to Evan Bando, was not happening to me. Whew! What begins as fun romp through back alley mischief & relationships of youthful irresponsibility, ends in paranoid nightmare worthy of an extra lock on the door of even the most cynical disbeliever in conspiracies. As I read, I matured along with evolving Evan Bando's increasingly descriptive analytical articulate & jaded voice of life's normal & unusually abnormal ethical choices. Seemingly mundane choices familiar to almost anyone, foreshadow warnings of more dire consequences to come. Bando hears the klaxon & reads the road signs only too dimly & too late until a Humpty Dumpty of scattered clues is beyond even his initial strong curiosity & desire to put back together in a coherant way becomes less important than survival. Bando's new freedom becomes slavery to haunting terror that his life is being manipulated by unseen hands & forces untraceable for lack of need in making Bando such a targeted individual. Logical connections between his old devil-may-care life back east, & his new hedonistic west coast life would seem unlikely to anyone. As Evan Bando finds, sometimes the piper calls the tune & the Devil DOES care! Persued by a relentless karmic judgement day, Bando misinterprets one last time, believing himself finally safe as he chooses to remount the emotionless devouring shark of more conventional American society in lower Manhattan, not to swim again near the mouth of the beast eating it's way through anything foreign different or unconventional. What we all know he will ultimately find is that the great destroyer will have had nothing left to devour, & so sets it's aim at the pilot fish who ride on it, like Bando of course will do as an act of last ditch self-preservation. If there is a moral to that, it follows that the shark will develop chronic skin parasites causing it to self destructively fester, ovewhelmed from all sides by even the smallest scavengeror& even pilot fish which formerly sought safety & imagined shared power in falsely contrived prideful symbiosis with the greedy behemouth's sheer size & force. While riding on a monster that in the end devours itself, there is never a safe place to live. Your every activity monitored & controlled. "Useful Eaters" of the world command the shark, & Bando, as any of us "Useless Eaters", just another tiny snack on the beast's feeding route towards self-destruction. What Bando fails to recognize is that the personal shark hell-hounding him can't function without his constant motions towards basic survival, from which it eats his sexual energy, sanity, money, jobs, relationships & privacy. Each of us wasting effort to feed ourselves, the Great Beast is a parasite until we move away completely, always still a target even while still going with the flow. Bando is an Every Man who dared jump off the shark long enough to KNOW he is prey, rather than pretend by just swimming along. Finally Bando's tempted in both directions:"safe" ignorance & dangerous knowledge. Could any of us make that choice wisely? Most choose based primarily on motive of fear and desire. The Devil you know is better than the one you don't but serve anyway. Bando swims away just long enough to glimpse this.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Great Story Telling

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. From the first page I was quickly drawn into the story. Great story telling with very little flourish to set the atmosphere, I really enjoyed all the interesting characters, plot twists, and a ending you will think about long after you have read it. This book is a keeper.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    Literary Catnip

    I enjoyed it cover to cover. Evan Bando's big city exploits are a guilty pleasure that keep you coming back for more. From the dark humor to Evan's recklessness to the overall free-spirited vibe of San Francisco in the early eighties to the inevitable power of karma - it all worked. It is a well-written story of youthful excess that conveys a social message still poignant today.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    A page turner!

    I didn't expect to get so caught up in the escapades of Evan Bando but like a voyeur, I just couldn't stop peeking. What seems to be a young man's story of his first journey out in the world, hits you with some unexpected situations that spiral out of control. It's a fun ride but the extra treat is the provocative thoughts on our country and our culture that resonate long after the last page. Makes me wonder what else this writer has in store.

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