Crossroads: 1969

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Inkwater Press, Oct 1, 2005 - 432 pages
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The year is 1969... a time when the youth of America is standing up to its elder rulers... when minorities are demanding their fair share of the American pie... a time when an eternal war fought for misbegotten motives and fueled by a continuous stream of some of the most outrageous lies ever fed to a people by its leadership over the previous eight years continues to gut an entire generation... a time when the old values, the old expectations, the old imperatives are knocked flat. Seen through the eyes of 21 year old college senior John Cassell, always out of money and soon to be out of college, it is a saga of coming of age... at a time when the younger generation accepted very little of the old yardsticks and guideposts which traditionally helped that process along. Based on a true story, and the stories of others, the book follows the young man into the year 1969 as he struggles with the decisions expected of him by elders and demanded of him by life. The story leads to a factory job in the pine barrens of his native New Jersey, thence overseas, to the stimulating atmosphere of a youthful community of international wanderers in Great Britain, to an Ireland torn by age old divisions, to France, whose gendarmerie remain brooding and vengeful in the wake of the bloody Sorbonne riots of the previous year, to the Spain of General Franco, and finally to the turbulence of North Africa.
 

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User Review  - lg4154 - LibraryThing

This was so great & I read it pretty quickly. I love the author's humor and I loved the journey he took. The author is so cool that he gave me a copy. It was well worth the read Read full review

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User Review  - simsmotal - LibraryThing

This is the very first book I read of John W. Cassells. It took me in from the first page. What an awesome author! He can break your heart one minute, and the next, you are rolling in the floor with laughter. He is my favorite authror! Read full review

Contents

The Very Last Christmas
1
The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune
22
The Summertime Blues
52
Into The Great Beyond
79
Life After Jenny
114
Some Dead Irish Poets Lend A Hand
136
The Revenge Of The Amphibians
169
Hospitalit Cognier
193
Soria And Southern Discomfort
269
One More River To Cross
296
Out Of The Valley Of The Shadow
324
Home To War
351
The Girl In The Pink Sweater
376
Acknowledgments
409
Glossary Of SlangTerms
411
Translation Of Johns Conversation With Carlos At The Youth Hostel In England September 1969
413

Back On The Street Again
218
Eureka
240
Works By John W Cassell
415
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