“Sex, drugs and Rock-n-Roll” is the usual description given to the turbulent decade known as the ‘60’s. While this moniker certainly brings to mind the culture found in America at that time, it leaves out three key elements: Vietnam, protests and rioting. Enter Richard Barager’s new book Altamont Augie.
Caleb Levy is doing research for a new movie he hopes to pitch that is aimed at ripping apart the 60’s and everything his absent father held dear. In his research he uncovers a story that will change his life as well as relationships he has with those he holds dear. It is the torrid and troubled story of David Noble and Jackie Lundquist.
Caught in a world of tense and often volatile situations, David and Jackie must make difficult and often painful decisions as their two opposite viewpoints collide and clash. As she joins the protests to become the face of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), he joins the Marines to fight the war in Vietnam. As they each seek something…as they each fight for their deeply held beliefs and views, the question remains: will their love stand the test of time, or will they too become casualties of a decade gone mad?
Coarse language, promiscuity, drug use and violent images are a staple in this book. However, given the era, it is perhaps part of that which makes the book, although fiction, ring true. One could very easily see the events depicted actually happening. Mr. Barager does well to give a name and a multi-dimensional face to a difficult and different time in America’s history.This review was submitted by Kristin - Kristin is a wife, mom and the founder of The Book-Trotter. She wrote her first review over 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.
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