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by Tom Spanbauer

eBook Now Is the Hour epub
  • ISBN: 0618872647
  • Author: Tom Spanbauer
  • Genre: Non-traditional
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • ePUB size: 1523 kb
  • FB2 size 1698 kb
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Tom Spanbauer is the author of three previous novels, Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon and In the City of Shy Hunters. My troubles all started with Parmesan cheese.

Tom Spanbauer is the author of three previous novels, Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon and In the City of Shy Hunters. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he writes and teaches ‘Dangerous Writing’ classes. His former students include Chuck Palahniuk. Also by tom spanbauer. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon. And they ended with Parmesan cheese. My life up to now has been one big cheese cycle. The first grade of Saint Joseph’s School was the first Parmesan cheese incident.

Now Is the Hour is the wondrous story of how Rigby John got to this point. I love this book, and more importantly I love Tom Spanbauer, he is inventive original and one of the most talented authors I’ve come across. It traces his gradual emancipation from the repressions of a strictly religious farming family and from the small-minded, bigoted community in which he has grown up, during a time of explosive cultural change. Transforming this familiar journey from American Graffiti to On the Road to something rich and strange and hilarious is the persona of Rigby John himself.

Tom Spanbauer is an American writer whose work often explores issues of. .

Tom Spanbauer is an American writer whose work often explores issues of sexuality, race, and the ties that bind disparate people together. The book is equal parts bizarre Bildungsroman, raucous picaresque, and hard-driving wild-West yarn. in 1988, Spanbauer had already descended into Shed's twisted world, where morality, sexuality, and race are gigantic question marks," and he admits to going. Now is the Hour returns to the bildungsroman arcs of earlier Spanbauer novels, opening as young Rigby John leaves his small town behind for San Francisco.

Tom Spanbauer's NOW IS THE HOUR is one of them

Tom Spanbauer's NOW IS THE HOUR is one of them. I read no farther than page 32 of this long novel- but like the road to a friend's home, a good novel is never long- before my eyes were burning. Mr. Spanbauer gets just about everything right in this wondrous book: the plot- there are surprises along the way- the characters, the attention to detail that makes rural Idaho in the 60's come alive, from Old Spice and English Leather to Snickers candy bars to S & H Green Stamps to Campbell's mushroom soup.

Tom Spanbauer's Now Is the Hour is a queer novel that should climb back into the closet, says Patrick Ness. You might pick up Now Is the Hour, note the high-quality imprint and high price, and forgivably think you were purchasing something of literary merit. Please allow me to disabuse you. In its woeful current state, gay literature (or at least gay male literature) tends to fall into three, ahem, camps. One, the frothy romp through catty jokes and queeny friends. Two, the Lolita reversal, of which the apex is Alan Hollinghurst's The Folding Star, where a godlike teenage boy has lots of graphic sex with a shlumpy, middle-aged writer.

Now Is the Hour is a powerful, vastly entertaining story of self-awakening, of the complex bonds of family, and ultimately of America .

Now Is the Hour is a powerful, vastly entertaining story of self-awakening, of the complex bonds of family, and ultimately of America during a period of tremendous upheaval. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. TOM SPANBAUER is the author of the beloved classic The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for best fiction, and a "dazzlingly accomplished" novel, according to the Washington Post. His earlier novels are Faraway Places and In the City of Shy Hunters.

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Tom Spanbauer is the author of three previous novels, Far Away Places, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon and In the City of Shy Hunters. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he writes and teaches 'Dangerous Writing' classes. Библиографические данные.

Rigby John Klusener is hitchhiking to San Francisco. The year is 1967, the town is Pocatello, Idaho. Fresh out of high school, Rigby John is leaving behind his bohemian ex-girlfriend, his prayerful mother, his distant father, and the hay dust of his harsh farm town Catholic upbringing. As he stands by the side of the road desperately waiting for that one ride out, he reflects on the events that brought him there: the discovery of love, friendship, literature, and all the small joys that set him free. At once a tale of sexual awakening, racial enlightenment, and personal epiphany, Now Is the Hour is the disarming and sweetly winning story of one unforgettable teenager who dares to hope for a different life.
Comments: (7)
Androlhala
The time is 1967. The place is Pocatello, Idaho. Rigby John Klusener is seventeen and leaving home to go to San Francisco. Tom Spanbauer's amazing fourth novel is the story of how this young man got to this place in his life. It has to do with his discovering his sexual feelings for men, the repressive Catholic church and his sad, harsh parents: his mother who spends far too much time on her knees in the local Catholic Church and a father, described as a "dry drunk" who only once in Rigby John's life has told him that he is proud of him. His only friends are Billie Cody with the Simone Signoret voice and a body far too voluptuous for rural Idaho 1967 standards and two Mexicans, Flaco and Acho, who work for his father. Then he meets George Serano, an Indian who lives in a log cabin with his grandmother not far from the Klusener property; and nothing is ever the same again.

I can probably count on one hand-- certainly there are fewer than ten-- the novels that have moved me to tears. Tom Spanbauer's NOW IS THE HOUR is one of them. I read no farther than page 32 of this long novel-- but like the road to a friend's home, a good novel is never long-- before my eyes were burning. Rigby John (the story is told from his point of view) recalls a happier time before his brother, Russell, who was born with a handicap and only lived 100 days, died: "When my mother's eyes were the only show in town, almond-shaped and hazel. . . Mom's hazel eyes were gold when she was happy. When her eyes were gold I could find myself inside them." Later in a particularly nasty scene between Rigby John and his mother, when she tries to stop him from going to a party and rips the iron cord from the wall, he says her eyes were not hazel but an ugly gray. Throughout the novel, he is obsessed with eyes. "Maybe it was just the sun, but for a moment, there was a big bright shine in his eyes. Gold in Dad's eyes, the way Mom's eyes get. I've looked for it ever since, but that gold shine in my father's eyes has been a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence." (Judy Collins ["My Father"] watched the Paris sun set in her father's eyes.) Rigby John, in a beautiful scene from the novel when he and George smoke the same Camel cigarette, sees gold bars in George's dark eyes, "Jesus in George's eyes."

Mr. Spanbauer gets just about everything right in this wondrous book: the plot-- there are surprises along the way-- the characters, the attention to detail that makes rural Idaho in the 60's come alive, from Old Spice and English Leather to Snickers candy bars to S & H Green Stamps to Campbell's mushroom soup. Then there is the music of the times: "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Eleanor Rigby," "Georgy Girl," "Monday Monday," "To Love Somebody," "Light My Fire," "All You Need Is Love" and of course "Now Is The Hour," to name a few.

This rich novel is about so much that is wrong with the world-- hypocrisy, racism, homophobia. But it is also about hope and love and possibilities. As I finished this novel, I kept hearing the words from a Flirtations song, "everything is possible."

It hardly seems fair that one writer should have so much talent. On the other hand, we can rejoice that Mr. Spanbauer has given the world this outrageously wonderful novel.
Dordred
Tom Spanbauer is no longer teaching his Dangerous Writing workshop, unfortunately. Such a loss to writers. His revelations about himself that he offers in Now Is the Hour is just one of the hard truths he teaches.
Contancia
"Now is the Hour" is a stunning world experienced by a "different" young man, John Kirby, stuck in a narrow, unhappy family living by a hard and narrow ethic, within the hard and narrow society of a town in Idaho during the 1960's. Life continually explodes around John Kirby, it ceaselessly springs up from within him. In the face of indifference and hostility, he struggles to be himself. A young woman, never to be his wife, is a friend beyond the confines of gender difference. George Serano, a half-breed "queer" who is feared and mistreated in the novel's world of anglo prejudice, and George's native American grandmother, share with John Kirby their poverty and spirituality. The change in John Kirby is radical and humanizing - he claims for himself his identity as a gay man, he strikes off for San Francisco by himself. "Now is the Hour"compels, amazes, scares, depresses, thrills, exalts, appalls, delights. It is a tribute to the living roots of a subjugated society, to the courage of certain people whatever their culture, and to the worth of gay persons to the very fabric of society. The author is imaginative, a superb word-smith, a great story-teller, a man of compassionate, demanding ethics. He expects his reader to "mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the lesson of lives wasted and of lives spent prodigally. The deep mystery of life breathes through the book's continuous thread of native American spirituality. The book's ending leaves the reader gasping for more!
Opithris
My only wish is that Tom Spanbauer had many more titles. One of my favorite writers. Real story telling.
Tenius
I read "The man who fell in love with the moon" first and enjoyed it alot. This was a painful and humorous insight into the 1960's-early 70's deep country coming out process. God !! religion can be such a blind and damaging tool. Some might find parts a bit tediously slow as I did because of his stream of consciousness dialogue.
Kabandis
I story that I really enjoyed. I haven't read fiction in a long time and I truly enjoyed tis book.
Cemav
Anything by Tom Spanbauer is perfect!
I've been a fan for a long time and was looking forward to this one. It kept my attention throughout -- I stayed up till 3 am finishing it. But there's not so much there there. A lot never really went anywhere. Some beautiful writing and good story-telling. The parts never added up enough though.
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