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Relic's Reunions

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A book by Vernon Frazer

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Author: Vernon Frazer
Publisher: Beneath the Underground Books
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The beat generation is not dead!

  • Dec 30, 2000
One day, Edsel Relic, high school outcast who became a performance poet, gets a phone call from his unrequited high school sweetheart, asking if he will attend the upcoming 25th reunion. This sets Edsel off on a freewheeling remembrance of his life up to that point.

He was picked on in high school by the jocks because of stuttering (later diagnosed as Tourette's Syndrome). After surviving high school, he went to New York City to become the next Great Hipster Poet (this was during the time of the Beat Generation). When that didn't work, he was forced to return home to his parent's house, and enroll in a local college. Edsel's coming-of-age was fueled with pot, and a "soundtrack" by people like John Coltrane.

Frazer writes this story as a very worthy equivalent of improvisational jazz. He switches points of view from Edsel, to the jocks who picked on him in high school, to the local hipsters, and back again. He also changes the story from straight prose to TV scripts to stream-of-consciousness ranting, and includes a special guest appearance by the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite.

I really enjoyed this story. It's a very good novel for those of us whose high school memories were less than happy. It also belongs right up there with the best of people like Jack Kerouac.

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