The Garden of What Was and Was Not: The Autobiography of X

Overview

Imagine your dreams are shattered when the words, "Our beloved President John F. Kennedy is dead," come crackling over a PA system in your boyhood classroom. And imagine nearly forty years later, you feel your Manhattan building wobble beneath your feet as a jet slams into the World Trade Center, just a few short blocks away.

The whole world changes with such singular, immortal events.

In his fictional autobiography, Peter McCarthy looks back ...

See more details below
Paperback
$15.46
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$16.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $10.99   
  • New (2) from $14.48   
  • Used (1) from $10.99   
Sending request ...

More About This Book

Overview

Imagine your dreams are shattered when the words, "Our beloved President John F. Kennedy is dead," come crackling over a PA system in your boyhood classroom. And imagine nearly forty years later, you feel your Manhattan building wobble beneath your feet as a jet slams into the World Trade Center, just a few short blocks away.

The whole world changes with such singular, immortal events.

In his fictional autobiography, Peter McCarthy looks back through the decades that have brought us to the twenty-first century. He takes us on a cultural journey beginning with the turbulent '60s, when he was a high-school dropout, on his own by age seventeen and embellishing his resume to land a job. Living a seemingly serpentine life, McCarthy picked his way through a series of cultural reinventions: the emergence of Rock and Roll, the Vietnam catastrophe, the effervescent rebellion of the Civil Rights movement, the disillusionment of Watergate, the dawn of the Internet, and ultimately the disbelief of September 11.

Through the lens of his relationships, peace activism, and employment, Peter realizes that being distanced from the past is just an illusion, that there's a true continuum running through his-and everyone's-life.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595439454
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A young man's story of love and rebellion

    Growing up in the 60's when the routine love of family, church and country were suddenly thrust open to question by family dissolution, assasination, war and government misbehavior is the background for this sometimes humorous, sometimes sad but always insightful young man's story as he travels coast to coast and back again. Homelessness, love, sex, disillusionment and anti-war protests are all part of this man's life. But, it is all pursued with unusually deep thought and introspection. This book is cleverly disorganized to insure that the reader does not interpret it as the usual tale of growing up. Rather, it is a thought-provoking collection of real experiences through which the author forces the reader to reconsider social norms,values and principles normally taken for granted. You will want to read this book more than once.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)