A Café in Venice
Quirky and neurotic, Gordon B. Shoesmith is a 30 - something jazz musician seeing his twelfth psychiatrist in as many years. He increasingly discovers that there is a conflict between his artist's idealism and the hard reality of Life, fuelled by his ambitious journalist girlfriend, Jenny, and her disapproving parents. Gordon finds himself on an improvised, medicated roller - coaster ride of self - discovery that drags him from cockroach - infested, inner - city anonymity to mercurial artistic success, to the cynical world of advertising. He's finally tossed onto the road that leads to a cafe, run by Joe, a middle - aged, Palestinian Elvis impersonator, in the desert town of Venice, South Australia. A Cafe in Venice is a surreal, comic insight into the personal fulfilment we aspire to a mad, intransigent world.
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