By Dan Kennedy
Whilst Matthew, a forty-something media government, reveals his activity, overall healthiness, and marriage crumbling, he is going local: Lives in his motor vehicle. Dips his toe in drug-running. Contemplates tune lyrics. Takes a truly solid pottery classification. prior to lengthy he’s on a stumbling, agonizingly humorous imaginative and prescient quest that takes him from a strip-mall car parking zone to Yellowstone nationwide Park to a Bali scientific health center, from an not likely romance with a Hollywood agent focusing on sizzling younger vampire roles to severe RVing with a disgraced Wall road trader.
In this heroic and hilarious debut novel, Dan Kennedy offers us an everyman who takes us to the neon-lit edges of up to date American lifestyles.
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Arthur winced. “I’m very sorry to hear that,” he said a little stiffly. Russell made a sort of grumping noise. ” “Bobbing up and down, of course. ” “But what—” “Come on, you remember all that stuff. The hallucinations. Everyone said it was the CIA experimenting with drug warfare or something. ” said Arthur in a rather quiet voice. “What do you mean, what hallucinations? I’m talking about all that stuff with the big yellow ships, everyone going crazy and saying we’re going to die, and then pop, they vanished as the effect wore off.
If he stood his ground he would be discovered and the whole circus would begin. To hide would only postpone the moment, and it was bitterly cold now. The fact that it was Will made the choice easier. It wasn’t that Arthur disliked him as such—Will was quite fun. It was just that he was fun in such an exhausting way because, being in advertising, he always wanted you to know how much fun he was having and where he had got his jacket from. Mindful of this, Arthur hid behind a van. ” The door opened and Will came out, wearing a leather flying jacket that he’d got a mate of his at the Road Research Laboratory to crash a car into specially, in order to get that battered look.
He weaved terrifyingly up through the canyoned walls of the city, and once clear of them, hurtled through the black-and-red pall of smoke that hung permanently above it. Ten minutes later, with all the copter’s sirens blaring and its rapid-fire cannon blasting at random into the clouds, Ford Prefect brought it careening down among the gantries and landing lights at Han Dold City spaceport, where it settled like a gigantic, startled, and very noisy gnat. Since he hadn’t damaged it too much he was able to trade it in for a first-class ticket on the next ship leaving the system, and he settled into one of its huge, voluptuous, body-hugging seats.