A Year in the Company of Freaks

A Year in the Company of Freaks

by Teresa Neumann

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ISBN-13: 9780983121046
Publisher: All's Well House
Publication date: 12/11/2015
Pages: 522
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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A Year in the Company of Freaks 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Do not judge a person by the way they look This book is very interesting and historical to read. I was a year behind before I was born when this story started. History is such a fun subject for me to learn while I am at school just like this book. Do not judge a person by the way they look. Society sometimes is so cruel when they see a person or groups dressing differently. This book is an eye opening for me to learn more about freaks. I call them unique individuals or groups but just like us they are humans but different style. I like Otis and Pearlie as the characters but loved Sid the most. I loved the setting as well. Country is a quite life and enjoys every moment of it. Sid is a typical guy that was lost in the right direction. He changed a lot from better person to successful man. This book has sense of humor, suspense and second chance of life and love especially. I enjoyed every chapters that I read. If you like to read historical but not the kind of one, A Year in the company of freaks will put your mind at ease and enjoy the ride for every characters from this book and maybe change your life perspective from freak people.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
In 1972 the hippie movement was still going on, the Vietnam war was starting to wind down and there was lots of change and discrimination. In the small town of Trinity Springs, cultures collide as hippies start to migrate from San Francisco. Trinity Springs California is the type of town where everyone knows your name, people work hard, change happens slowly and hippies aren’t welcome. One of the people who wants out of Trinity Springs is Italian-American Sid Jackson. He was a student at Berkeley but got busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm. Now he has to spend a year on probation and can’t leave the Trinity Springs area. In order to make a living, Otis the town sheriff and friend to Sid’s parents finds boarders to live on Sid’s farm and pay rent. Now Sid has to live in a house of misfits, try not to break his probation and figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. A Year In The Company Of Freaks is a coming of age tale that can also be labeled as historical fiction. Sid and all of the boarders in the farmhouse are young and trying to figure out what they want from this world. They are also facing a certain amount of discrimination from the town because they are very different from the people in town. Even within the house they face discrimination because they are all unique. One of the tenants named Mika is going to a church school and gets referred to as a Jesus freak and is treated like an outsider. We also have a biker trying to win custody of his daughter and a Vietnam veteran who has trouble socializing and suffers from PTSD. There is also the problem that with the exception of Mika, all the people in the house do drugs and if Sid gets caught around it he will be breaking his probation and get thrown in prison. This book is a character study in what people were like in the early seventies and the hardships they faced. Sid does dress like a hippie but doesn’t really fit into the movement. There is one good scene where he goes to a bar and the waitress gets upset with him because of how he looks, seeing him as a draft dodger. Also I felt for Mika in the way she gets ostracized for being religious. The only ones who are supportive of everyone is Otis and his wife Pearlie who are quick to give advice or provide warm meals. Everyone in the house changes a lot over a year, especially Sid who is now forced to deal with the loss of his parents and his own doubts as to whether he can keep from getting high or not. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and the support they get from Otis and Pearlie. In particular I liked when they point out how true friendship is sacrifice and if it comes easy it’s not real. This is an idea you see proven among the people in the farm-house, nothing is easy for them. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would, it’s a long book but I was so into the characters that it seemed like a quick read. The story is about life itself and it’s something anyone can relate too.