Living in the O

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'I should've been born with a silver spoon poised over life's bowl of cherries,' is the signature lament of Olney Garkle, a sybarite manqué who tends to bankroll every adventure with a sum barely adequate for an unwashed Sunday morning stroll to the 7-Eleven.

Living in the O of Outsider since childhood, Olney meets and falls head-over-heels with Maggie Bebette, an outsider herself and, to Olney's mind, a bumpkin version of Louise Brooks' Lulu. Her perceived vulnerability excites...

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Overview

'I should've been born with a silver spoon poised over life's bowl of cherries,' is the signature lament of Olney Garkle, a sybarite manqué who tends to bankroll every adventure with a sum barely adequate for an unwashed Sunday morning stroll to the 7-Eleven.

Living in the O of Outsider since childhood, Olney meets and falls head-over-heels with Maggie Bebette, an outsider herself and, to Olney's mind, a bumpkin version of Louise Brooks' Lulu. Her perceived vulnerability excites his ever-whinnying satyr within, and when she suggests they pool their resources for a trip to Paris, he quickly makes a list of her assets.

Through Olney's French friends, they sublet an apartment in the 15th arrondissement, and thus begins a love story between two misfits whose character deficits are revealed against the backdrop of the cream of capitals, the city where l'amour is meant to be anything but ludicrous.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477573174
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Snurk, snukkle, slurp, slobber, LOL. In all our travels, Olney

    Snurk, snukkle, slurp, slobber, LOL. In all our travels, Olney Garkle,
    hero of Living in the O, and I never crossed streets in Paris. If we
    had, I would have raced to the other side! This man—worse than Gulley
    Jimson in The Horses' Mouth; worse even than Henry Miller in The Tropic
    of Cancer—would have expunged all the laughter from me, leaving only a
    crumbling howl of hysterical glee on the sidewalk. (Not to mention my
    empty pockets.)’ William Hageman has managed to write a funny sad love
    story that causes the reader (at least in my case) to feel both empathy,
    frustration, identification, and condemnation for our hapless hero Olney
    Garkle. A strangely fair and balanced picture of our tormented,
    sex-sick, hybrid of an American-Canadian-French tragic romantic hero.
    DON CAUBLE, author of THIS PASSING WORLD / JOURNEY FROM A GREEK PRISON

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