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Posted June 7, 2012
I didn't put this book down until I was finished in that sitting. Truly fantastic storytelling, with the wit and insight of Wayne Beauvais clearly shining through, particularly in the sidekick/narrator, Pooch. I found myself so engaged in this story, sharing in the emotions of so many of the characters, losing myself in this world of bright lights, betrayal, and love that never dies; a world plagued with slimeballs stuck looking through "rose-tinted cheaters" and a few "good eggs" that have their heads on straight.
All in all, a fantastic tale that weaves itself beautifully chapter after chapter, never saying more than needs to be said, but never saying any less, either. Loved it. New favorite book, to be sure.
Posted February 22, 2012
Posted February 1, 2012
If I were stilL teaching, I would want to use Wayne Beauvais' WAIFS OF THE WASTELAND in my English classes. It transports a reader into the gritty life of pre-talkies Hollywood with unforgettable characters, primarily "Pooch," the hard-bitten realist and semi-reformed thief. Pooch has absolutely no faith in God nor in love, yet he remains unshakably loyal to his fellow parolee and best friend Joe, who is blinded by love for a rising star named Symphony. From page one a reader is captivated by Pooch's narration, entirely in the vernacular of the day -- with fleeting attempts at self-improvement via the dictionary. This novel has foreshadowing, flashbacks, humor, action, and history; but most of all, it has Pooch, who is indelibly etched in my memory.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2012
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