With humor and insight, October Revolution records the personal odyssey of Rod Huxley, a one-time radical author forced to confront a past he has successfully avoided for more than two decades. A terrorist is holding hostages at a Burger King in Washington, DC, and only one demand has been issued: that Huxley appear in the fast-food restaurant. His cross-country trip is one of mystery (Who is in the Burger King--and why?), confusion, and remembrance. The journey is further complicated by bungling FBI Special Agent Fenwick, who has been dispatched from Washington to "protect" Huxley.
Wrenched from self-imposed hermitage, Huxley is forced to come to terms once again with the publication in 1972 of his Cookbook for Revolution: 150 Easy Ways to Boil, Broil, and Fry the Rich, an act of literary creation he quickly came to regret. Not only has he had to live with the hack job done to his manuscript by a New York editor, but he's also spent most of his life trying to forget the so-called revolutionaries whose zeal was inspired by his book.
Yet now Huxley is forced to ask himself tough questions about his relationship to this very public past: Why were many ideals so readily discarded? Are any worth retrieving now? Can anything be learned from the "revolutionary Sixties," or have nostalgia and cynicism made that impossible? Huxley's ultimate quest--to find his own answers to these questions--unfolds as he approaches the unknown terrorist waiting for him at a fast food restaurant in the nation's capital.
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Although he would like to say he's a native of Colorado--where he plans to complete the rest of his novels--Tom LaMarr grew up in eastern Iowa, and has lived near sea level in Florida and the District of Columbia. OCTOBER REVOLUTION is his first novel.From Publishers Weekly:
With a humorous touch that fumbles its action scenes, LaMarr's debut will evoke nostalgia in baby boomers no matter what their allegiances during the 1960s political wars. Roderick Huxley, infamous author of a revolutionary "cookbook" (actually the work of his cynical capitalist editor), is recalled from his disillusioned, hermit-like existence to meet with a hostage-holding terrorist in a D.C. Burger King who insists on seeing only him. As FBI agent Fenwick and his Keystone Kops colleagues attempt to shepherd Huxley to Washington, the old radical frequently wanders off on his own. During his rambles, well-executed flashbacks tell of his youthful folly, his overzealous contemporaries, his romances and the narrow tyranny of his family and his school (the Iowa Writers' Workshop). Less effective are action scenes, especially the eventual flight from the Burger King, as attempts at humor shatter both tension and credibility. Indeed, once Huxley arrives at the hostage site, the book loses steam. The ironic tone with which LaMarr portrays the past also limits the book's engagement with the present. And, after all the jokes, the peregrinations and the confrontations with the past, the protagonist's renewed interest in the world at the novel's conclusion just doesn't ring true.
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Book Description Univ Pr of Colorado, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0870815016
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