Fridays at Enrico's

Fridays at Enrico's

Book - 2014
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"Friday's at Enricos, the story of four writers living in Northern California and Portland during the early, heady days of the Beat scene. A time of youth and opportunity, this story mixes the excitement of beginning with the melancholy of ambition, often thwarted and never satisfied. Loss of innocence is only the first price you pay. These are people, men and women, tender with expectation, at risk and in love, and Carpenter also carefully draws a portrait of these two remarkable places, San Francisco and Portland, in the 50s and early 60s, when the writers and bohemians were busy creating the groundwork for what came to be the counterculture. Recently discovered in a complete penultimate manuscript, having been lost since the author's death, we were thrilled to see this book into print. A great champion of Don Carpenter, Jonathan Lethem, has taken on the task of editing and developing this last draft into the shape we imagine Carpenter would have himself accomplished had he lived to see this through and Lethem provides a wonderful introduction to this book, to Carpenter, and to the broad influence of his work which resonates until this very day. "--
Publisher: Berkeley :, Counterpoint,, c2014
ISBN: 9781619023017
1619023016
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lethem, Jonathan

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Tyler__J Jul 28, 2015

This is a novel about writers and writing. About the solitary, sometimes selfish, life of an artist. About the need for recognition and ego stroking, but also how devotion to a craft can give one's life meaning. It explores the whole spectrum of feelings that a writer goes through. Readers who enjoy clean, straight forward prose and characters they will care deeply about despite their flaws, will fall in love with this novel.

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Nov 20, 2014

I was attracted by the mention of some of the Beat writers, but they appear as names only in this novel. It is a actually a tedious recitation of the careers of various semi-talented people trying to become writers and screenwriters in Hollywood; not much character development or insight. A complete waste of time - sorry. No stars for this one.

cdsrus Aug 09, 2014

Wow! Since reading this I am now reading all available Carpenter writings.

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