Fridays at Enrico's

Fridays at Enrico's

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Don Carpenter s semi- autobiographical Fridays at Enrico s can be read as the swan song of the entire Love Generation. The New York Times Book Review The author of A Hard Rain Falling and A Couple of Comedians , Don Carpenter was one of the finest novelists working in the west. When fellow author Richard Brautigan killed himself, Carpenter tried for some time to write a biography of his remarkable, deeply troubled friend. He finally abandoned that in favor of writing a novel: Fridays at Enrico s , the story of four writers living in San Francisco and Portland during the 50s and early 60s. The heady days of the Beat scene were a time of youth and opportunity, when the artists 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, Fridays at Enrico s was edited and shaped by a great champion of Don Carpenter, Jonathan Lethem. His writing, about Portland pool hustlers, lady-killing comedians, and drug-sniffing screenwriters, is as radiant and surprising now as it was the moment it was written. Though they occasionally wallow in life s darker vices, Carpenter s novels stand out for their resolute, hardscrabble sunniness. Grantland Fridays at Enrico s captures the literary and social scene of Northern California in quick, knowing portraits. San Francisco Chronicle I don t suppose I ll ever get over my friend Don Carpenter s tragic death, but it helps more than a little that as his legacy he left us his best book: Fridays at Enrico s . Curt Gentry, coauthor of Helter Skelter.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Counterpoint Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781619023765
Characteristics: 1 online resource (333 pages)
Additional Contributors: Lethem, Jonathan - Editor

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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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wavygravy
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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