Friday, June 17, 2011

Altamont Augie by Richard Barager

Altamont AugieAltamont Augie by Richard Barager

The 60's is a nostalgic period conjuring memories of eclectic fashion, heated political conflict, and "free love." The changes that occurred during this decade still effect the world today...40 years later.



A startlingly vivid portrayal of one of the most colorful and turbulent periods in recent American history: the 1960s, as seen through the eyes of two ill-fated college lovers at odds over Vietnam. Their story and the story of their generation spill onto a tableau of some of the era's most iconic settings: the legendary battleground of Khe Sanh; a Midwestern campus riven by dissent; and Altamont Speedway, scene of the notorious rock festival profiled in the film Gimme Shelter. Let this richly satisfying tale transport you to a Sixties state of mind.

I instantly fell in love with Richard Barager's writing style.  I still can't believe that this is his first official trip around the writing block.  He has an impeccable knack for streaming words together and he snagged me from the very first sentence "What kind of man goes to one of the biggest rock concerts of the sixties , manages to drown in a nearby irrigation canal an hour into the show, and is never identified?" 
Altamont Augie tells the story of David Noble and Jackie Lundquist, two lovers from different sides of the tracks and opposite political viewpoints.  David is a Marine who stands by his decision to fight in Vietnam and Jackie is completely against the war.  Both are strong willed and thick-headed, but they are also undeniably attracted to one another. 
It took me quite a while to finish this book, not because I wasn't interested, I was very interested actually. The Vietnam War is such an important part of American history and it's still recent history in the big scheme of things. I am not a history buff but I am an information addict and Altamont Augie is jam packed with information.  It is very obvious that Barager did his homework. The details are very explicit and paint an incredible picture of the war from the perspective of a soldier and that of an anti-war protestor.  I must admit that there were many times when I felt like the story was too wordy, which left me conflicted because I know that every single word was necessary in order to tell the story completely. 

Even if history is not your thing, Altamont Augie will prove to be a very entertaining read. It's not just about the war, it's about the nature of humans and the struggle between what we think in our head and what we feel with our hearts, which is often two completely different things.

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Visit Richard Barager's website to order an autographed copy.  You can also follow him on Goodreads and like him on Facebook.  Altamont Augie is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

I received a copy of this book free from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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