Irving Podolsky resides in the mind of this writer and within the trilogy, Irv's Odyssey. As your storyteller, I'd like to share the adventure with your younger YOU, that which seeks fun, romance and a wild ride into the Unknown.
"It's forceful, funny, and has the ring of truth. I looked forward to getting back to it each night, and that's a great sign that the book is ALIVE."
- Daniel Asa Rose - NEA Literary Fellow, Book Reviewer, Travel Columnist and Author of his latest book, the acclaimed memoir Larry's Kidney
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This is the first book of a terrific first-person picaresque trilogy of a young man's fresh out of college adventures in the early '70s is aptly titled an Odyssey, because the journey of his life quickly veers in every crazy direction imaginable when all he really wants is something approaching “normality” – whatever that is. Irving seems to think he’ll recognize “normal” when he eventually sees it, but as readers we’re not too sure as we go along with Irv on his wild ride through life. Without revealing too much I’ll just say that we gradually come to see that there’s hope for Irving finding – and recognizing – “normality” after all, and “Irv’s Odyssey” provides the reader with a well-earned, heartwarming, and mercifully unsentimental ending. In addition to clearly illustrating the tenor of those tumultuous times, these books beautifully capture the anxieties and confusion that so often dominate those first years out of school, that period when we are (hopefully) finally figuring out who we are, what we’re about, wondering if we’re ever going to be a “success”, and agonizing over finding that just-right Love. I guarantee that you’re going to get so involved in Irv’s quick-reading tale that you’re going to immediately need to get ahold of the rest of the trilogy and plunge forward. Just go ahead and get it all at once. You won’t regret it.
Irv's Odyssey: Lost in a Looking Glass (Book One) Set in the early 70's this is the story of a young man Irving Podolsky, recently graduated from UCLA. He sets out to find a directors job. He finds it is not easy, having no experience, and gets one rejection after another. The only job he can seem to get is in pornography, which he reluctantly takes. Soon he realizes he is going now where in the business (no one reputable will hire the porn director) he decides to pack his bags and move on. Once again he find landing a job is not easy. He finds himself working at a mental hospital in a lowly position. But he needs to pay the rent and eat. So he takes the only job he can find, tending to the mentally challenged. Filled with sex, drugs & rock-n-roll of the 70's this is a humorous journey through one mans early years fresh out of college. I look forward to the next Irv's Odyssey: To the Light and Beyond.