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Children of the Canyon #2020

Children of the Canyon Children of the Canyon tells the story of David a boy growing up in LA s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood as the s counterculture is coming to an end David s record producer father works with th

  • Title: Children of the Canyon
  • Author: David Kukoff
  • ISBN: 9780615961347
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Children of the Canyon By David Kukoff, Children of the Canyon tells the story of David, a boy growing up in LA s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end David s record producer father works with the reclusive former leader of a surf music band on an album that promises to elevate the legacies of both men to immortal status His distant, peripatetic mother rides the wavChildren of the Canyon tells the story of David, a boy growing up in LA s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end David s record producer father works with the reclusive former leader of a surf music band on an album that promises to elevate the legacies of both men to immortal status His distant, peripatetic mother rides the waves of activism and feminism in and out of David s life The elusive Topanga, named for the city s last remaining Eden, whom David meets on the beach the night of his parents separation continues to elude his futile attempts to reconnect with her throughout the decade Through David s eyes, we bear witness to the fallout from the California Dream s malfunction the ruined families, failed revolutionaries, curdled musical idealism, and, ultimately, the rise of the conservatism that put the country on its present path.

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    1. You can t judge a book by its cover you can perhaps by its opening paragraph And in rare cases, its opening line Bukowski s Post Office It began as a mistake Toole s A Confederacy of Dunces A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head , Kukoff s Children of the Canyon David watches smiles Yes, even as a 6 year old David recognized that the expression on someone s face did not reflect what was inside their heads His mom, his dad, their wacko friends even the Canyon bogeyma [...]

    2. PLOT David Kukoff s Children of the Canyon, is a coming of age story set in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1960 s and 70 s David, a bright student with aspirations of being a physicist, must first survive adolescence His divorced parents are a mess, too wrapped up in their own lives to worry about their son His father, Phil, is a music producer and alcoholic Carole, his mom, is always on a quest for self discovery, which ranges from living in an ashram to marrying a rep [...]

    3. He smiles a wide, toothy smile at David, the kind of smile that makes him look like someone who eats children, not because he s hungry but because he just thinks it might be fun to try something new for dinner The re release of this gorgeous piece of literature is somehow perfectly timed with Richard Linklater s masterpiece Boyhood, and the two are similar in that they succinctly chronicle the growth of a young boy into a young man, and all the beauty and pain that entails Kukoff captures the ex [...]

    4. I was excited to read this book because of the 60s setting but that ended up being its biggest flaw While I appreciated some of the clever inner monologue of the main character, I felt like the author was trying to hide the sixties figures by making them anonymous while it was clear who they were and it felt like the author was not being creative by simply using Brian Wilson etc as a character without using his name.

    5. Set in the post folk music era in LA amidst the love nests of singers and songwriters who made their homes in the shady groves of Laurel Canyon, this coming of age story chronicles the life of bright and thoughtful, David His less than peachy home life would likely cause an average kid to plummet into a drug addled, less purposeful existence, but this prep school prodigy the endearing, mild mannered protagonist with his brilliant, wide eyed observations is able to rise above his phony, unsympath [...]

    6. From a young age, David has a keen sense of observation, even if it s also childlike The stream of consciousness narrative keeps David s character alive and the 60s 70s era alive as well David is a very deep young man with perceptive analyses on smiles, attraction, and his parents interactions with each other And though there is a constant pull forward in the story, each development has a very distinct existence in the moment These moments could all make their own individual short stories, but t [...]

    7. A great coming of age story that incorporates the rock music scene and culture of Los Angeles in it s heyday Kukoff is a talented writer and there is a simplicity to his language and style that resonates He clearly has a very good grasp of the subject matter and a personal sensitivity for his characters This book is a wonderful and heartfelt read for anyone interested in the pangs and joys of childhood, boys trying to understand girls, their parents, and the world around them, rock n roll, the S [...]

    8. From the first chapter through to the last, Children of the Canyon held me spellbound Not since The Catcher in the Rye has a coming of age book struck such a resonating chord David Kukoff writes in rich and concise prose His deft use of language is a thing of wonder I read the book in one sitting It s relatable, magical and moving The themes of love, loss, the fragility of childhood, and the transition from the wonder years into adulthood will reverberate and linger long after the final page Chi [...]

    9. Through the years, I ve heard and read many accounts of the 60s and 70s Southern California music scene It wasn t, however, until Kukoff s stunning coming of age novel that I was able to witness it from the perspective of a child growing up during the scene The protagonist s observations are spot on filled with candor, humor and honesty Kukoff s writing is immensely astute and engaging layered with spot on historical and musical references that make his story all the engaging A truly fine read [...]

    10. Children of the Canyon is a coming of age story told through the eyes of a young boy From the perspective of young David we re live the 60s and 70s in LA, meeting the music stars, cowboys and revolutionaries who call the canyon home But Kukoff has created something than nostalgia His book captures the ripple effects of a splintered family in the counter culture age, as David is battered by the crazy choices of the adults around him Children of the Canyon is a wide, fun read with a deep sentimen [...]

    11. If I had to describe my emotional reaction to this book in one word, it would be aching Watching a child of privilege forced to navigate a world that is unstable from the get go is a crucial reminder that the tragedy of being young and abandoned cuts across all classes It seemed as if David spent his entire youth trying to make meaningful connections, yet no matter how close he came, he was never quite able to delight in his progress Throughout, we root for him to rise above his damaged past and [...]

    12. A clear eyed and evocative novel of memory its preservation, its tricks over time, its permanent hold over us beautifully written by Mr Kukoff It s an ode to a passed time and a vivid one at that, as the author seamlessly resurrects the Canyon culture hinted at in the title, and yet far than that A beautifully wrought saga of a passing era from the standpoint of a character aware enough to see the days as they go by, ushering in a new and unfamiliar time Not to be missed.

    13. It was an ok coming of age story, but what distracted me from the story a bit was the fact that the author deliberately didn t mention any historical events or persons by name, so the timeline was sometimes a bit muddy Why couldn t he just say Manson, Reagan, MTV or Wonderland, instead referring to Manson as the bogeyman or MTV as the channel that plays music 24 7 Why do that I liked the pace of the story, but the ending felt rushed and frankly little hokey with its slapped on happy ending.

    14. Written with nuance and resonant imagery, Children of the Canyon captures the feel of Laurel Canyon in the 70s, and what it means to be a boy coming of age at a time of shifting values and changing landscapes A perfect novel for all who wish to get themselves, to use the words of Joni Mitchell back to the garden

    15. Reading this book, I was transported Kukoff takes us by the wrist into the Laurel Canyon of the 60s and doesn t let go until we are destroyed A revealing and expertly crafted fever dream of a California that has disappeared One the best novels of the last year, hands down.

    16. Review copy received through NetGalley.Achingly sad, gorgeously nostalgic novel of growing up in post hippie California A beautifully written and poignantly observed story of cultural and individual loss and longing.

    17. It is a great novel, and though it may be fiction, it is an important document that shares a rare historical context People will be talking and writing about David s work for many years to come.

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