Adam Chance is the quintessential Sixties man. He saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium, went to Woodstock and was active in the Antiwar movement. Then, he wrote about the counterculture in his best-selling book, "Walden Paved Over". At the dawn of the 21st Century, Adam finds himself middle aged, divorced and suffering from every author's nightmare ... writer's block. An understanding therapist suggests that he keep a journal to do a life review. The effect is liberating. No longer does he have to worry about word limits and cranky editors. He's totally free to express his point of view and explore new writing styles. Adam recalls sharing a pizza with Jim Morrison in a Greek restaurant. He reminisces about a transcendent conversation with John Lennon in Central Park. He balances satire and parody by imagining a 'Sixties Sell-Out' awards ceremony, composing a list of 60 things he fears might happen and writing the script for the final episode of "Star Trek". Adam's fondest memories are of his childhood with best friend, Midnight Duke. In the Summer of 1963, Adam and Midnight climb the Giant's Chair, a huge rock formation located in the rolling hills beyond their back yards. The two boys remain friends into adulthood as they pass through different phases of their lives. Then tragedy strikes and each man must cope with the outcome on his own level. Eventually, both friends are led back to the Giant's Chair. Adam gives himself permission to explore his spiritual side. He immerses himself in books on mind/body healing and practices meditation. He seeks forgiveness from his ex-wife, desires reconciliation with an estranged brother and celebrates the unique qualities of the Sixties generation. Adam's road to understanding contains a few bumps along the way, but his journal becomes the path to renewal. Ultimately, Adam Chance discovers an answer that has always been inside him ... a basic truth as old as time itself.
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Part novel - part journal - part philosophical treatise. The story follows the main characters, Adam Chance (alter ego of the author) and his best friend Michael (Midnight) Duke, over a period of more than 30 years. Along the way, Adam's path crosses not only the usual cast of characters that we all meet, know and forget but also many characters straight out of Rolling Stone, Saturday Evening Post and Teen Life magazines. For anyone who lived through and, miraculously, remembers the 1960s, the book has many touchstones. The music - mainly the Beatles with whom Adam developed a life-long bond - the politics - the author's own iconoclastic and case-hardened politics formed by the events of those times - and the various pop-culture figures - the Kennedys, John Lennon, Martin Luther King and many more too numerous to single out - Adam chose to model himself after and incorporate into his philosophy of life. The title refers to a geographical feature in Adam's hometown which is both a reminder of life's constantcy and also the inevitable change that the passage of time brings to us all. The Giant's Chair is an interesting book for anyone who grew up in the 1960s or for anyone who has a desire to undestand how, much like the Great Depression of the 1930s, those turbulent times, for good or bad, permanently shaped and formed many of that generation.
This novel traces the life of Adam Chance who came of age during the decade that proposed to change the world. The derailment of sixties social altruism by seventies sudden self-centered egotism haunts the protagonist. The Giant's Chair is Chance's mystical pedestal for sensing the triumphs and failures of the decade that formed his values. Adam Chance is depressed and dissatisfied with how things turned out. The Beatles broke up and so did everything else. Most of his peers have sold out, the counterculture subjugated, and his wife of ten years has divorced him. His dislillusion takes him in and out of flashback to the decade that shaped him. He gropes for his lost idealism, but settles into a state of hopelessness that is reinforced by John Lennon's assassination. Throughout the novel, Chance's best friend 'Midnight,' provides the lighthearted philosophy so many of our generation shared. Midnight is a happy illuminating soul who bounces around Chance and lights the way from pot-smoker to middle-aged stroke victim. Most riveting is Chance's happenstance meeting with John Lennon in Central Park only months before his death. Great description of John Lennon. Some 'extras' make this an unconventionally written novel. Parodies of 'Sell-out Awards,' an Anne Landers love advice lampoon, and a 'Final Star Trek Episode' pull the reader away from the action of the story. These extras detract from the flow only because they go too long. However, this kind of satirical interjection stokes baby boomer sensibilites. For the most part this page-turner provides a worthwhile view into the mindset of a unique generation.