Goliath Gets Up

Goliath Gets Up

by Starbuck O'Dwyer

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Overview

Goliath Gets Up by Starbuck O'Dwyer

What makes someone great? For David Horvath, life hasn’t turned out exactly as planned. At 39, he’s single, unemployed and living with his grandmother, Beatie, in Rochester, New York. Although most of his days are spent drinking at a downtown bar with a group of fellow outcasts, he still clings tightly to the belief that he will achieve greatness, just as his late mother predicted. The problem is he can’t figure out how.

David doesn’t realize it, but when Beatie tells him she’s ready to die and wants his help, it’s a blessing in disguise. For this request inspires David to try to change Beatie’s mind by bringing the Academy Awards to Rochester; and puts in motion a plan to revive her spirits, his city and the lives of all those who live there. Along the way, he battles self-doubt, loneliness and Cornelia Candee, Rochester’s evil mayor, who tries to steal his idea about the Oscars and use it as a way to turn the city’s historic High Falls into a waterslide park.

Acknowledging the inevitable gap between our dreams and the reality of our lives, Goliath Gets Up examines the journey we take trying to bridge that gap and make a difference in the world. What makes someone great? Come along with David and find out.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012765697
Publisher: Green Chair Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 870 KB

About the Author

Starbuck O'Dwyer's critically-acclaimed novel, Red Meat Cures Cancer (Random House/Vintage Books), was a featured selection of the 2007 One Book One Vancouver reading program and won two national writing awards for humor. O'Dwyer's writing has been described as "comic genius" by Kirkus Reviews and has been featured in publications and forums as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, Flaunt, Toro, Japanophile, The Journal News, PW Daily, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on over 350 radio and television programs including guest spots on ESPN, Voice of America and NPR.

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Goliath Gets Up 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The humor was great fun, the satire was snarky, the characters all too real, and the basic premise delightful. I feel, however, that it needed better editing to make it cling together more effectively. If I put it down for too long, I had some difficulty re-orienting to the plot. Even so, it was a fun read! This ebook was provided by the author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of LibraryThing.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a funny book.  I found myself laughing out loud at times.  The problem I have with this book is the first half.  It is hard to get through it.  But if you stick with it you will be rewarded in the second half. 
books4nana More than 1 year ago
Starbuck O'Dwyer, author of Goliath Gets Up, uses humor masterfully as he presents to us with a story of David Hovarth, a young man in a mid-life crisis. David is in a quandry. His is reminded of his mother telling him as a boy he was destined for greatness. Yet when he arrives home with ring in pocket, ready to propose to his girfriend he finds her in bed with her yoga instructor. She tells David he is a loser and always will be. This sets him to thinking. He is 39, he lives with his grandmother and he has just lost one of his jobs. Much of his time is spent with other underachievers and misfits at a local bar who he realizes need life help as much as he does. David pushes himself out of the rut and decides to search, in some strange and humorous ways, for who he is and what this greatness his, now deceased, mother spoke of. I found this book to be funny but discombobulated. While the plot, the setting and the characters were good ideas, the storyline itself was disconnected. I could easily have quit reading and not wondered what outcome would have been. Some parts were simply too sensationalized to fit the story causing the story to derail. The depth of involvement with city political corrurption and their response to him is one example. I would be grossly amiss not to say O'Dwyer is a sensational comedian. His use of humor riddles this story in ways I could not help laughing out loud. Literally. While he did not do a great job with developing his characters he was a genius in creating characters each of which had their own unique comedic outlet.