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Tiger in a Trance: A Novel #2019

Tiger in a Trance A Novel In the tradition of Robert Stone and Denis Johnson a darkly authentic road novel set in the nomadic world of the Deadheads It is and eighteen year old Jason Burke is a full time Deadhead follo

  • Title: Tiger in a Trance: A Novel
  • Author: Max Ludington
  • ISBN: 9780385507042
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tiger in a Trance: A Novel By Max Ludington, In the tradition of Robert Stone and Denis Johnson, a darkly authentic road novel set in the nomadic world of the Deadheads.It is 1985, and eighteen year old Jason Burke is a full time Deadhead, following the Grateful Dead around the country and surviving by selling T shirts But Jason is about to discover the lucrative ease of selling drugs He ll also meet the women whoIn the tradition of Robert Stone and Denis Johnson, a darkly authentic road novel set in the nomadic world of the Deadheads.It is 1985, and eighteen year old Jason Burke is a full time Deadhead, following the Grateful Dead around the country and surviving by selling T shirts But Jason is about to discover the lucrative ease of selling drugs He ll also meet the women who will play key romantic roles in his life Jane, the tall, green eyed girlfriend of a drug dealer and Melanie, a rebellious high school girl, one armed as the result of a car accident Jason s one night tryst with Melanie sets the stage for their future before Jason takes off for California with the tour.Jason has a past of his own He grew up overseas, the son of a journalist, and when he was eleven his father was killed in a Syrian prison, accused of spying Jason has never dealt directly with his father s death, and his detachment has estranged him from his mother and his older brother.In Carmel, Jason stops for the night to see Harry, an old friend of his father He learns that Harry, a rock and roll loving alcoholic, is dying of emphysema Eventually, Jason falls into drug dealing in earnest hits the road with Melanie is pursued by private detectives and returns to nurse Harry through his final illness, all the while battling his own increasingly serious heroin addiction The end of the road is near.Combining the high spirits of youth with the sometimes jaded wisdom of the counterculture, Tiger in a Trance is a startlingly sure handed and accomplished debut novel that recalls such generational classics as Less Than Zero and The Beach It shows how music, drugs, and especially love can be enchanting, and how the most bewitching things can also be the most bedeviling.

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    1. I picked up Tiger in a Trance and have already recommended it to a couple of bookish friends as well as a few musicians I love the steady blend of prose, plot, and dialogue, and would also love to blaze a bowl with Mr Ludington and talk craft but the hidden pleasure of the book is listening along to the shows he s talking about in each chapter I mean the chapters have complete narrative arcs and serve as both commentaries on the Dead as well as correlation of Life and the Road with, like, docume [...]

    2. Supposedly I should like this, since it s Dead related and comes somewhat from the author s experiences Well Max, I was paying to see Garcia when you were yet but a babe in swaddlings, so I suppose the experience you have had worth fictionalizing come through a completely different frame of reference in my day they weren t ever the Boys there was a woman amongst them And pretty much before Garcia got into junk which I hope you were NOT writing about from your own experiences, but fear you were S [...]

    3. I like this Deadhead coming of age story The main character, Jason, is a credible 18 year old stoner Initially, I wondered how he afforded his rock n roll lifestyle, then I went along for the ride in the spirit of things There are a couple of concerts that take place in Virginia, but no details to validate the local experiences I only saw the Dead once, in a small venue in the 70s, so what do I know The story moves along at a decent pace There are some nice twists that maintain tension and inter [...]

    4. An excellent rendering of a particular scene and era that puts the reader inside the head of an 18 year old Deadhead While some liberty is taken with the protagonists vocabulary he s a high school dropout albeit an educated one with the vocabulary of a Milton scholar I found the stylized first person perspective enjoyable If anything, my personal tastes would have run to a expansive plot around the Dead and the scene rather than the negative trajectory of drug addiction, but of course, anyone w [...]

    5. A look at deadhead culture filled with interesting anecdotes that don t go anywhere kinda like talking to a deadhead.

    6. Decent first novel by the author but all the drug activity is a major turnoff It s very difficult to rate the book when you like it and hate it at the same time.

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