Naked Sunfish - Caviar
Paperback, 244 Pages
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Drawing on life’s joy rooted within the mundane, his rapier wit is at once observational, clever and relevant. His major influences are Alan Zweibel, David Sedaris, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, Tim Conway, Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson) … with the occasional Three Stooges thrown in for immediacy. Growing up in the Cleveland area in the 1950’s and 60’s flavors many of Rick’s stories, yet some are existentially inspired by the mundane moments of everyday life. Naked Sunfish: Caviar is Mr. Brown’s second book. And while it is reminiscent of his first, Naked Sunfish: Best Bites, it is unique in its own humorous, human condition aspects. It is a “Spontaneous and Sporadic” collection of pieces drawn from his magazine combined with some brand new tales.
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Mar 15, 2015Rick Brown's "Caviar" relishes in nostalgia - but not the soft-focus, sepia-toned kind that masks life's blemishes. The other kind - the embarrassingly honest, the laugh-out-loud hilarity, the "I-wish-you-didn't-tell-that-story-in-mixed-company" kind that makes for a string of unforgettable tales. These stories of youth and beyond revel in characters' imperfections (including the author's), which make them immediately recognizable and endearing. Brown captures the magic realm of a big backyard to pre-teen boys, the alluring mystery of the opposite sex to high-schoolers and the entirety of a father/son relationship in small, understated exchanges, where often a few words paints the mural of their relationship. And did I mention it was funny? Brown's rebellious attitude makes for some of the book's funniest passages - I'll never look at the character Gumby again without hearing a crowd of people chanting for his getting beaten. The stories are fast-paced and... More > heart-felt and the characters are familiar and larger-than-life. Though I've never eaten salt-cured fish eggs, I devoured this book and enjoyed every morsel!< Less
Feb 17, 2015For me, Caviar, the book, is so much more tasty than little black or red fish eggs! It captured me immediately with "Tromboner" because like Rick, I learned how to play the instrument (sort of) from Mr. Domencetti. From "Teen Canteen" and "Spirit Club" through the closing chapter about Henri, I found myself enjoying this read more than many books I've tackled (see "Round the Trees and Through The Tires") lately. Yes, I grew up with Mr. Brown and am proud to call him a friend. But you don't have to be from Rick's hometown to embrace his wit and amazing recall. His writings will stir memories of every reader, as they reminisce about times past and present. He reminds us that we grew up in a simpler time and managed to evolve to celebrate the present. So grab some crackers and Caviar and settle in for a great read............Bon Appetit!
Dec 23, 2014I am going to build on the previous review and say think attitude with insight. Rick amazes me in his ability to see past events as if they happened yesterday. They are clear and fresh and I remember being in similar situations. If you ever endured high school football two-a-days you owe it to yourself to read the chapter 'Round the Trees and Through The Tires'. Anyone that has endured the horrors of football practice in August on a field packed to the consistency of cement will recognize some part of this flash back. I was nodding yes all through it. One of my favorite tales is called 'Choir Risers and it is so true to the teen male mind that it should be required reading in Human Development courses. 'The Bubbas' is insightful and comic without being zany. Real humor should stay just this side of zany. So here is the finish. If nothing else you have to find out why every neighborhood watch should have one guy with a chainsaw. Good reading.
Dec 16, 2014Think Dave Barry with an attitude. Rick Brown's memories are sincere, sardonic and damn funny. Highly recommended!
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- Richard A. Brown (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Richard A. Brown
- November 11, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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