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Book Review: Honeymooners

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner


Honeymooners     Amazon US HC Amazon Canada HC
Chuck Kinder
Class/Genre:   Fiction   Humorous
FSG, Jun 2001, $24.00, 358 pp.

The Summer of Love may be a few years ago, but talented and aspiring writers Ralph Crawford and Jim Stark refuse to let it go even if the Haight district is now a slum. They are more than just sidekicks; they are hedonistic hell raisers chasing wine, women and song. They metaphorically still wear flowers in their hair. Unwilling to pay the rent, a restaurant bill, or a drink, Ralph and Jim walk away from their tab.

However, underneath their indulgences, treachery exists. The married Ralph believes faithful is a word for civilians as he always cheats on Alice Ann. Ralph sends Jim to deliver a package to his mistress "Montana" Lindsay, only to have Jim betray him and marry her. Ralph accepts the change, but will he break faith by stealing back his beloved mistress?

HONEYMOONERS is more than a cautionary tale. It is a frantically humorous well-written look at the early 1970s West Coast literary world. The story line is very amusing and for anyone who read Crumb’s comic books or the Kool Aid Acid Test it is doubly funny. Even those who do not know the Bay area scene will laugh (especially if they’re children of the boomers). The key to the tale is that Chuck Kinder manages to make his characters real and in some weird way obtain the affection of the audience. This reviewer plans to find a copy of Mr. Kinder’s other novels, SNAKEHUNTER and THE SILVER GHOST after nonstop laughter from this tale.

Harriet Klausner

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