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The Late Jay Gould May Be Alive & Well Kindle Edition
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What he was doing there I could never figure out.
But the atmosphere he created seemed to punch a hole in the dreary fabric of small town New Hampshire, and brought with it a breath of life and magic.
Sadly, I think it went unappreciated or under-appreciated at the time.
Since then, his characters and his story have always existed in the periphery of my mind, like old friends or places I want to visit again, or that are always just a phone call away.
There exists in his works a sense of the miraculous that comes from the clairvoyant synchronicity of life that seems to magically happen when you stop trying to control everything and surrender to the experience, good or bad.
For my part, my autographed copy of "The Late Jay Gould May Be Alive and Well" along with my over-sized "Jay's Paradise Cafe" coffee mug, are tucked away on a curio shelf in my house.
And I guess the meaning for me was whether you be a magnate robber baron, or a barrista in some middle of nowhere cafe or hotel, you keep making the same mistakes over and over again, one lifetime to the next until you learn from them, and trying to figure out the past is far less rewarding than experiencing the future.
Hope you're well Lou.
its characters are plentiful and varied, their personalities painstakingly real and vital. even the dog has a fully developed personality and role; one that is intricately necessary to the process of learning that this book takes us through. it would be difficult to believe that anyone would be able to read this without periodically laying it down to ponder a self realization that has jumped from the book into your head. the questions it provokes, such as what we expect out of our own lives and those around us, gives a new meaning to the word "accountability". most importantly, it asks why we deny ourselves the joys in life that are right at our fingertips by establishing our own personal walls to keep us apart from them. whichever character you identify with in this book, you will find a revelation.
at its start, a seemingly light and airy story about a magical man and the characters he touches, "the late jay gould may be alive and well" is actually much, much deeper. it attacked my stoically safe attitudes toward life and the boxed-in, nonsensical rules by which most of us follow. by its ending, i was wishing that i could live my earlier years over again, and made me promise myself that i will finish the remainder as tenaciously as humanly possible.
In all honesty, I found a brief portion of the book (towards the middle) that seemed to drag on a bit too long. However, the beginning and ending of the book make up for this somewhat jet-lagged feeling for 50 pages or so.
The personalities and ideals of the characters are so charming, so "out there," but rather brilliant. Towards the end, Jay was a good friend and confidant, and I was just about ready to invite the dog to curl up into bed alongside me.
Again, like other Peddicord novels there always seems to be an underlying message, if one can only take the time to find it. I believe his message in "...Jay Gould..." would be to screw the "American Dream,' the rules and regulations, the clausterphobic lifestyles we're quickly heading into, and courageously swan dive into the experiences life has to offer, regardless of the consequences. This book inspires you to LIVE actively, rather than passively watch as the years pass you by. And if you don't feel inspired in some minute way to do just that, I suggest you read the novel a second time.
If nothing else, you'll fall in love with this incredible piece of work, and perhaps someday be inspired to find your own piece of Paradise.
For me, such books include Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man and The Sea", Hunter Thompson's "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" and John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces."
I recently added another to that group. (And reviewed it on Amazon as well - with a similar remark about those "special books in our lives.) It was "The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous" by the same author, Louis Peddicord, who wrote this book, "The Late Jay Gould May Be Alive and Well." Now I have two books by Mr. Peddicord on my special shelf.
The characters in "Jay Gould", like the characters in "Alice Cooper" are all so very vivid, so completely captivating. But this is a review of "Jay Gould." The title character is a young man who appears to have some sort of mystical, magical ability to see the world unlike everybody else. He can foretell events and use them to his advantage - and to those who are befriended by him. This is a very unusual story with people (and animals) we'd all like to know. Oh, and a few we wouldn't want to know, too.
There are moments of thrills, romance, fear and violence. Pretty much the whole package of emotion you'd find in a good read. But this book, in its own unique way, goes into your head like few others you'll come across in your life. Some of the events taking place might seem far-fetched and unreal, but somehow Mr. Peddicord makes it work beautifully. There are times that the book brings us soaring, joyful times. There are also some moments that are true tear-jerkers as well.
After I read "Alice Cooper" I told a friend of many years that he needed to read it. Now I have to let him know that there are two books by the same author that need to be read. I'm going to grab another title or two by Louis Peddicord. If you use these reviews to decide what you'd like to read, do yourself a favor and get "The Late Jay Gould May Be Alive and Well." I know you'll thank me.
You're welcome. Believe me, it was my pleasure.