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A Globe and Mail Top 100 Pick of 2006 It is the summer of 1965. The assassination of JFK has left John Dupre-and all of America- with Lyndon Baines Johnson, that Southern asshole with a public persona cut from an old rock and roll song: I RIDE FROM TEXAS TO ENFORCE THE LAW. It's oppressively hot, the kind of heat that makes it practically impossible to do anything, or evenA Globe and Mail Top 100 Pick of 2006 It is the summer of 1965. The assassination of JFK has left John Dupre-and all of America- with Lyndon Baines Johnson, that Southern asshole with a public persona cut from an old rock and roll song: I RIDE FROM TEXAS TO ENFORCE THE LAW. It's oppressively hot, the kind of heat that makes it practically impossible to do anything, or even think straight-and if John's brains aren't addled enough by the temperature, there's the endless obsession with girls-the persistent problems of his old flame Cassandra Markapolous and her younger sister Zoƫ. There's also the massive Civil War novel he's been studiously not working on. And to make things worse, LBJ's starting to call up the reserves. This is John in that gruelling summer waste land, a fat, broke, horny, unemployed, draft-eligible, Buddhist Confederate, who, if he doesn't do something drastic, is going to find his fat, broke, horny ass shipped overseas to get it shot off. Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes is a delightful performance, a crackerjack novella that works on multiple levels, as intoxicating as a mint julep and as tightly wound as the spring in a homemade time-bomb...

Title : Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes: Difficulty at the Beginning Book 3
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ISBN : 9781897142080
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes: Difficulty at the Beginning Book 3 Reviews

  • Rico
    2018-10-15 18:39

    In the third of Maillard's four-book Baby-Boomer-Coming-Of-Age series, our hero John Dupre spends a dropout mid-'60s summer struggling with alcoholism, his love for the unattainable Cassie, and a civil war novel he's completely unequipped to write... while the Vietnam draft breathes down his neck.It's about aimlessness... so maybe I shouldn't have been surprised to find the story itself aimless. Even so, our main character's ennui becomes, at spots, repetitive, which is why this earns three stars instead of four. But in one way it's the opposite of book two, which seems to be barrelling towards some sort of climax it never quite reaches. Here, the ending justifies the meandering that precedes it. And as usual the characters are as fascinatingly contradictory as ever. So... still well worth a read despite being the weakest entry of the series so far. P.S. "Lyndon Johnson" also gets points for beginning *after* JFK's assassination... and not dwelling mightily on its significance. It *was* a significant event, of course, but we've heard about it plenty -- Maillard's glancing references to it seem an almost willful example of his upending of the standard Baby Boomer tropes. And I appreciate him for that.