The Do-Nothing Boys
eBook (PDF), 205 Pages
The Do-Nothing Boys is Tony Nesca's brand new novel, a raucous tale of teenage rebellion recounting the exploits of a teenager named Ziggy, recently returned to Canada after a three year hiatus in his native country of Italy, and the group of friends that spontaneously gather around him. A result of parental divorce, he turns to sex, drugs and rock and roll and in the process discovers deep friendship, love, loss, disintegration, and the beautiful, sad and wondrous experience of living. Written in an incendiary and gritty stream of consciousness, the words cascade down the page in a free-flow waterfall of ideas and happenings, hallucinatory at moments with surreal jaunts of what Nesca himself calls “word music”, but never straying far from the downright gritty and street-tough prose, laced throughout with a constant sexual/erotic underpinning.
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Mar 9, 2010"FIRST REVIEW FOR " By Bob Williams for The Compulsive Reader - The Do-Nothing Boys by Tony Nesca Screamin’ Skull Press 2007, ISBN 978-1-4357-0031-4, $20.95, 203 pages Tony Nesca, author of many volumes of prose and poetry, was born in Italy and finally after many trips between Italy and Canada made his home in Manitoba. He was guitarist in a rock band before he settled down to writing. This is his thirteenth book and its price, I would guess, is Canadian. The common assertion that the young consider themselves immortal and therefore do things that are dangerous is surely mostly wrong. It is more probable that many young men and women cannot grasp anything so clearly as their youth. The idea of a long life is unimaginable. The carelessness – and the bitterness – of such men and women adds a poignancy to their ventures and follies. There is much of this as background to The Do-Nothing Boys. The narrator is Ziggy. He lives, not very comfortably, with his father. His mother and... More > his brother live in Italy. Ziggy is in high school and is one of the dominant members of a crowd of about thirty youngsters who take sex and drugs and rock and roll with a considered seriousness that occupies the major portion of their lives. On the basis of this material, neither entirely new nor especially interesting, Nesca riffs with a command of English that is poetic and compelling. The poetic sensibility is almost pure in this as in many other passages and the ruthless disregard of niceties (like individual sentences) lends a rhythm and flexibility achievable in no other way. Ziggy and his friends do much that we can expect. They attend a rock concert, camp out, escape from police, Ziggy stays away from home for several days, fights with his father, flunks school, another drives a car that doesn’t belong to him and crashes it. Ziggy decides to confess to his girl Judy that he has been unfaithful to her. He expected reconciliation and a deeper relationship but Judy disappoints him and walks away. He steals his father’s car, goes to another town, but finds he has to return. His school expels him for fighting. Drugs and rock and roll work for these young people but sex is something else and in a medley of frustration and promiscuity violence increases and the amity of the group begins to erode. Some of this novel is a little clumsy and repetitive but the ferocity of Nesca’s writing is indomitable and covers weaknesses with something that approaches indisputable glory. He is a poet writing prose and dealing with material that is so close to him that he often struggles to manage it objectively. It is raw honesty from one of life’s damaged angels and worth your attention. FULL REVIEW HERE:http://www.compulsivereader.com/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1807 About the Reviewer: Bob Williams is retired and lives in a small town with his wife, dogs and a cat. He has been collecting books all his life, and has done freelance writing, mostly on classical music. His principal interests are James Joyce, Jane Austen and Homer. His writings, two books and a number of short articles on Joyce, can be accessed at: http://www.grand-teton.com/service/Persons_Places< Less
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- October 1, 2011
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