Not Fade Away

Jim Dodge, Author Grove/Atlantic $6.95 (291p) ISBN 978-0-87113-144-7
In his second novel, the author of Fup relives an era that spanned the Beat Generation and the beginnings of the '60s. We accompany the mysterious yet amiable George Gastin in a stolen 59 Caddy as he travels across America to Big Bopper's grave, where he wants to deliver a ""heartfelt crazy gift meant to celebrate music and the possibilities of human love.'' Hallucinogenic drugs offer fantastic diversions, and roadstops result in both comedy and poignancy. The sad and strange Mira Whitman is particulary memorableshe decides against suicide because she was ``so terrified nobody was there inside her to die,'' and only after George hears Mira's ``warm, full-throated, belly-rich laughter'' does he resume his quest. Dodge's wonderful imagination, eye for detail and command of language along with a delightful backdrop of rock-and-roll make a somewhat absurd plot flow with grace and rhythm. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/04/1987
Release date: 08/01/1987
Paperback - 325 pages - 978-1-84195-486-8
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-8021-3584-1
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