What’s been said about TBA …

The following comments are taken from Amazon US.

Many of them came about due to threats, badgering, pathetic pleading or all three. But not all of them. They are presented here in chronological order. 

 

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Surviving the 70’s May 19, 2012

By Jon P. Bloch (The Kindle Book Review)

Somewhere along the way, probably everyone has come across a book or a movie that starts with someone discovering memorabilia from some distant time and place. This is exactly how “The Beauregarde Affair,” by Brian Talgo, begins. Yet the otherworldly past that is uncovered is the 1970s, which, as wittily and accurately depicted by the author, might as well have been a thousand years ago. And, unlike many tales that begin this way, this “Affair” is, happily enough, not a tale of thwarted love–or at least not in the conventional sense. It’s about an assortment of people trying to live together, which was perhaps the true romantic goal of the 70’s. It’s an environment in which people ponder the profound implications of giving a pet snake a creature to eat while one is striving to be vegetarian. (Breatharianism–living solely on air, water and light–was a well-intended failure.)

The household consist of people familiar enough to anyone who ever attempted this lifestyle: the total slob, the neatnick, the artist, the person with no possessions. As Talgo shares his cultural artifacts with the reader, we stumble upon delightfully misguided slices of life that make “Seinfeld” seem like “War and Peace.” There’s houseplants, record albums, drugs, nonsense dreams that are depicted as carrying the weight of the Priestess at Delphi, a supposed love of nature, poignantly ludicrous ideas about life; and low-level, thoroughly despised employment as needed.

As the author himself says, it’s a bittersweet memoir. The characters and environment are both irresistible and all too resistible. We can see–though the characters often cannot–that there is so much more that life has to offer than their supposedly liberating lifestyle permits, no matter how hard they try. You finish the book relieved to not be a part of this world, and yet something about it still makes you smile.

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The Syphilitic Groin of Morningside Drive May 16, 2012

By Rob Mahan “Trust me, I write fiction.” (San Francisco Bay Area)

Resurrected from the mildewy ashes of a long-forgotten journal, “The Beauregarde Affair” is a hilarious, sometimes sordid, and very personal series of anecdotes about self-discovery (and other verbs that start with self-). You’ll take an intimate look at life in the 1970s for a bunch of idle hipsters living and partying in a beautiful, rapidly deteriorating house on Morningside Drive in Atlanta. Self-described as being a blight on the neighborhood, they were being kind . . . or maybe they were just stoned.

Brian M. Talgo has faithfully captured a motley cast of characters that would have been impossible to make up. I can vouch for their existence, because “I know a guy” who met them all, back in the story’s day. The dialects Brian has reproduced play back like a soundtrack of the era, even down to the drawling redneck who tried to kill him on the site of his day job as a carpenter.

“The Beauregarde Affair” isn’t a read for the faint-of-heart, but if you were young in the 1970s, it’ll be like having a flashback (the good kind). If you always wondered what it was like way back then, it’s definitely worth your time.

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Capturing a magical state March 23, 2012

By Eleonore Pieper (Allen, TX, US)

Knowing Brian Talgo foremost as a visual artist, I was pleasantly surprised to find his written creation. My 70s were spent as a toddler in Germany, so the description of the particulars of a hippie household in Atlanta were not so much filled with recognition, but felt more like a trip into a different world, populated by alien, but still very authentic characters, until I thought back to my own college days in the 90s, living in a dilapidated house in south London with a cast of tenants as quizzical in their own way as Brian’s friends, and suddenly I found my own sense of nostalgia in the experience of someone 20 years and half a world away.

 Beauregarde in his temporary refusal to be what he must eventually become seems to be the perfect metaphor for young people of any time, perched between the lost dependency of children and the unassumed responsibilities of an adult. Eventually it all must come to an end, the snake will be a predator, the shelter of the house is broken and we must move on… But to remember the time just before the magic is broken is sweet, no matter where and with whom we’ve made those memories

 Brian’s wonderful story is anchored firmly in its time, but it is also timeless in its appeal to anyone who has experienced that magical in-between state of being neither a child, nor having the larger responsibilities of an adult.

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Some Newts May Have Been Harmed… March 18, 2012

By Pope Mel (Pennsylvania)

Wave your hand in front of your face to disperse the purple haze of pot smoke, and prepare to spend a month with a philosophical young man, his colorful roommates, and a homely hognose snake named Beauregarde.

It’s the seventies. Brian works at a construction company where a fellow named Psycho has vowed to kill him and the burning question everyone’s asking is ‘Does the supervisor ever change the toothpick that constantly dangles from his mouth?’ Then he goes home to the large house he shares with friends, visitors, and a smelly aquarium filled with an ever-growing smorgasbord meant for a snake who appears to be on a hunger strike.

 From drug-fueled ramblings that produce observations of sheer genius – “I thought about a fly on the ceiling. Is the ceiling over the fly or beneath it?” to this important lesson – if you’re going to transport large quantities of an illegal substance through the streets of Atlanta, have your brakes checked first – this is the funniest book I’ve read in a long, long time.

You don’t have to have grown up during the seventies to enjoy this book. I’d recommend it to anyone with an open mind and a good sense of humor.

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Ah, the 70’s February 18, 2012

By Bruce E. Talgo “Lost Viking” (Suwanee, GA USA)  

I think that the late-twentieth century American male (and, I’m sure, males from other eras and cultures as well) had a need for a buffer or grace period between childhood and the semi-adulthood most of us finally arrived at (some fell out along the way, unfortunately). With this book, Brian T gives us a slice of his buffer period that encourages the rest of us to dig into our damaged memory banks to recall a bit of our own. We lived our own versions, but the vast majority of us are unable to revisit the time with the insight and wit that Brian brings to it. I’m sure you ladies had your own buffer periods, but I think the male version is funnier because of our inate group immaturity.

I personally passed through the thresholds and met the specific people chronicled here, albeit only in passing, as I had already begun the laborious transition to semi-adulthood. However, because I was there, I can state that the story ain’t fiction (we’re allowed to say “ain’t” here in the South). He lived it. They lived it. He brings it back with a fondness, humor, and a touch of pathos that will draw you in.

If you want to re-visit, or catch a glimpse of a time you might have missed, read it. You won’t be sorry.

Right on (and write on), brother.

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Brilliant insanity! January 20, 2012

By G. Callahan burke “moondoggie” (Jax Beach, Florida USA)

It is often said “If you say you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there.” The corollary for the seventies: “If you can’t remember the seventies – up the dosage.” A laugh filled memoir/hallucination of the original animal house, the way it was when we were then. Maybe Crosby’s first album put it all into perspective – If I could only remember my name.

Or where my keys are…

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A Motey Kind of Moment January 18, 2012

By Sharon V.O.

I knew when I read `a motey kind of moment’ that I was going to really enjoy this book. However, what ensued was far more uproariously funny and entertaining than I had expected it to be. From a cast of incorrigible young men, to a menagerie of mismatched animals, The Beauregarde Affair had me laughing out loud from the beginning to the end. Along with unique drawings, outlandish escapades, and interspersed with moments of poignancy when the owner of a lost dog is found, this story has all the right ingredients to make it a winner.

It has been quoted that “when a reader suspends their reality for yours, it should be time well spent”. For this reader it certainly was.

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Hilarious! January 16, 2012

By Mr. Paul Freeman (Dublin, Ireland)

I have to say, I laughed my way through this book. Mr. T takes a nostalgic look back to a time of cut price love (nothing is free), drugs and rock n roll. There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics and escapades of the house mates as they stumbled and staggered from one drug fueled escapade to the next, always somehow managing to emerge relatively unscathed. I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour and even if you don’t have one it may just help you find it. Five stars and a ‘far out, man’ from me. I’m not sure if I will ever eat take-out pizza again though.

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It’s Your Life January 6, 2012

By annalou

He was in the thick of it, but Brian had the eyes of an outsider looking in. A misfit in his own life. Sound familiar? By some stroke of luck or something, our hapless hero kept a journal (for a month) of the strange happenings all around him. Lucky for us, he preserved the hazy days of his 70’s so that we can remember ours. Parties (all the time), weird jobs (so that we could pay the rent and party), health food (sort of), friends (real).

You’ll be transported to the smoke-filled rooms, and you will be standing with your author-friend, taking it all in. You’ll be shivering on a snowy Georgia mountaintop–Man-boy Vs. Wild–passing the gorp and bottle to him. You’ll be sitting together on the roof of your own favorite roadhouse, or Loveshack, or whatever, passing the peace pipe. He will be wearing a gorilla suit. That’s normal, right?

You should read this book. It’s fun, and funny, and you will sense a real comrade in Brian. And even in Beauregarde, the peaceful snake. He is probably a metaphor for something. Must think about that.

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Pleasant memories that I’d forgotten I’d remembered! January 6, 2012

By Karene

Brian Talgo has written a wonderful little book that takes you on a happy journey to places you may or may not remember!

I read it one afternoon,easy read,fun,nostalgic!

Check it out,it’s a joy to read!

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Real piece of real life January 5, 2012

By John E. Stacy “Johnfravolda” (Seattle)

Although I have never seen a Hog-nose snake, Beauregarde is very familiar to me. Hence, I can say that this book is really real. It is a holographic fragment of a life of burgeoning creativity partially derailed by poor choices, lazy choices, hedonistic choices and the perception of no choices. The lack of a proactive approach leaves the artist stagnating by night in a flop-house and swinging a hammer on a cracker-box project by day. This keeps beer in the fridge and gas in the jalopy. Also, although hardly mentioned, an occasional piece of work does appear on the easel as if by magic (chicks like that). The characters are all guys and girls you have met at keggers and avoided in suburban driveways. The authors brush adeptly colors these characters and they pop out at you like that line from the Doors song. Somehow there is more to it than stories about how it was before I got my act together. I loved reading it. And you know it has a happy ending because he went on to write it down and (spoiler) the snake sheds its skin.

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Irreverent humor December 12, 2011

By Doug Bremner author of The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg (Atlanta, GA USA)

Brian Talgo takes on a hilarious journey through the world of a group of young people in the 1970s living the sex drugs and rock and roll lifestyle in an older convervative looking home in Atlanta, GA, that belied the wild times going on inside. An interesting snapshot of a different time and place.

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Glad to see this published! December 9, 2011

By Tiffany A. Harkleroad “Tiffanys Bookshelf” (Kittanning PA)

It was “The Seventies”. And this was his story. Not the psychedelic, sex laden hard rock freak fest you would expect. Sure there were drugs, and girls. And there was Zepplin. But there was also construction work with rednecks, his art, his psedo communist roomates, and of course, the menagerie that could be found in Neil’s room. And it all started with the snake we come to know as Beauregarde.

I have to say, I found this book hypnotic and entertaining. The Seventies was an era that I did not get to live through, and no one would ever really talk to me about. Most of my information about this time is what I can gather from pop cultural references, so I appreciated such an honest, frank memoir about what everyday joes experienced. Set in Atlanta, Brian and his roommates lived somewhat of the hippie lifestyle, but still had steady jobs and responsibilities, so it is as if the straddled two different cultural groups, not fully fitting into either. I think we see that at work a lot within the narrative voice, which gives it an honest and raw quality I find so unique.

I like that the book is set up as a present day reflection of the memories of the past. It gives it a nice movie quality to it. There are a lot of characters that wander in and out of the story, which I am guessing was pretty characteristic of the life and times of the Seventies, so the reader does need to stay on their toes to keep things straight. I absolutely love the use of several dialects within the book, meaning a couple of characters have their dialog written phonetically, in the dialect which he or she speaks. To me, that makes the dialog really come alive in the mind of the reader.

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Brilliant, humorous, thoroughly enjoyable read, The Beauregarde Affair is a gem! December 9, 2011

By String (London)

I loved this book!

With a self-deprecating, dry sense of humour, Brian Talgo invites us to remember the real 70’s. This visceral and vivid description of the overall general insanity, freedom and adventure is encapsulated in a short period of time and thematically centred on a house, a snake, and `sex n’ drugs n’ rock n’ roll’. I read it in a few sittings invigorated by the author’s ability to evoke 70’s nostalgia with witty sarcasm.

The story ignited great memories accompanied by a strong dose of non-sanitized authenticity. Who remembers Corvairs, cassette decks without headphones, Ram Dass books, the impact of `good’ camping gear, cheap compasses, the primal campfire, Bacardi 151, gorp, and the mayhem of an out-of-control kegger party? The Beauregarde Affair is an excellent rendition of the mindset of 70’s American youth, a period of time stimulated by a testosterone, drug enhanced, anti-establishment, ribald love of life.

 

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eivind Lorentzen on 01/07/2012 at 18:42

    I think that what’s sets the book apart is simply good storytelling. It’s well written.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Eivind Lorentzen on 01/07/2012 at 18:43

    Sorry about the typo. Ruins the minimalist approach to commenting 😉

    Reply

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