Irv’s still employed at the mental hospital, a place where all the people who don’t “fit in” get jobs behind locked doors. It’s a crazy circus and Irv’s life is far from settling down. A free-loading porn stud and con man moves into our lad’s apartment, and the jerk won’t leave! It gets worse. Irv discovers the place where humanity hides it’s most shameful secret. And it’s not in the Buckhead Steak ‘n Brew where Irv becomes a salad boy/dishwasher. And it’s not at the Cloisters Restaurant where Irv get pushed into bussing tables while tripping on acid. And it’s not in Europe where he meets three people who change his life in ways he only read about in Sc-Fi novels and mystical books. Actually that “shameful secret” is no secret at all, yet only Irv wants to know it. Will our friend ever find his way back to Normal? Not yet.
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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.
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Irv's Odyssey: To The Light and Beyond Book Two based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the second book in 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.
Picking up where the first book left off, we find Irv in the middle of a dead end job, with a basic demeanor of the unfulfilled human. Of course, when you are still learning who you will be, and finding your way, the tolerance for monotony and unfulfilling jobs is incredibly low. Irv finds himself moving from one dead end job to the next, with the humor and self-awareness that punctuates his narrative keeping the reader entertained. A houseguest from hell, and the only potential for change leads Irv to plan a trip to Europe, a grand tour reminiscent of those in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the upper classes. This book was far more introspective and loaded with a level of self-doubt alternating with grandiose proclamations that are expected from the young. While he is more decisive in many ways, he is still very much lost and searching for some sort of guidepost that will help him to define his view of the world. Liberally laced with experiences and memories that may be influenced or caused by his many acid trips, this story has more bite, as Irv confronts many of his own personal demons with the help of his friendship with a couple he met in his travels. Yet again, he returns to the food service industry and starts waiting tables, another dead end job that feels more stopgap than progression with the bits of new insight he has gained. A good fit into the series, this gives a hint of the issues that Irv struggles with, and further delves into the changes that he is experiencing with an injection of humor that keeps the deeper and darker revelations just this side of morose. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as a part of the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Irv's Odyssey: To the Light and Beyond (Book Two)by Irving H. Podolsky Book two picks up perfectly where we were left off in book one. Irv is still working at the mental hospital with the new position as a film editor, hired to do a documentary on the hospital. Once again he find this job non fulfilling and ends up in other menial jobs, such as busboy, dishwasher and waiter. He has his old "friend" from California drop by, who soon becomes the house guest from hell. He has his share of women, all quirky and unique in their own way. But when he decided to take a trip to Europe is when his course in life changes, There he meets a couple and soon he sees the world in a different perspective. I look forward to reading the third book; Irv's Odyssey: Seeking the Way Home