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From the Back Cover

Time is running out for Chester Sprockett. How is an unemployed, aspiring novelist supposed to survive when the thirty grand borrowed off his dead father's credit cards is almost gone, and the only work he can find is hawking toys and cheesy novelty items door-to-door . . . and on commission yet?

And talk about woman trouble: There's Pandora, the beautiful magician's assistant who dumped him for an investment banker and the dream of becoming a performance artist; Beth, his true love, the girl he let slip through his fingers at the beach (maybe it was all that baby oil) and the mysterious blond nymph who hurls empty beer bottles at him from a black Z28 Camaro.

If it wasn't for the occasional visit from the ghost of his father, Chester would almost certainly be losing his grip on reality, and never navigate his way out of the Horse Latitudes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607035235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607035237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quentin R. Bufogle is a freelance writer, blogger and novelist. A former contributing writer to the former Las Vegas CityLife, his work appears in the anthology: "Wish You Were Here: Stories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas Postcards" -- published by the former Stephens Press. He is the author of "Horse Latitudes" (once described as "the best book you'll never read"), and the most frequently quoted unknown since anonymous. He lives in the city formerly known as Las Vegas, Nevada.

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By Sparrow on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Here is a book that should come with a WARNING on the cover "May be difficult to put down". Reason being that when I sat down to read this novel with a full cup of coffee, 45 minutes passed before I realized I now had a cold cup of coffee . Very well put together , I had to re-read many pages twice because I was reading too fast as I was anxious to find out what happened next . Mr Bufogle has a way with writing that I've never seen or read before , right to the point with no dragged out chapters as many authors do to add more pages .I would love to see a movie on Horse Latitudes to see who would play who , mainly Chester. H L is a book everyone can relate to at one point or another in life. Now the "cons" The cover didn't really fit the book at all , I guess you were trying to prove the old saying "you can't judge a book by its cover". A+ , 5 stars and 2 thumbs up , hope to see more of your work .
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"In the Sargasso Sea there is no wind. Many, many years ago, when ships travel by sail, they would sometimes get stuck here. For weeks and weeks they would sometimes drift, waiting for the wind to come. The sailors called this 'The Horse Latitudes'."
Chester Sprockett receives this definition of the Horse Latitudes from the owner of a little coffee shop after he explains he has writers' block. In fact most of Chester's life has become stuck, he feels he is always waiting for something... Once a high school football star, now he is unemployed, has split up with his girlfriend and his dream of writing a bestselling novel seems unreachable as he is suffering from writers' block.
'Horse Latitudes' is almost like a book of short stories; each chapter describes a significant event in Chester Sprockett's life. The stories are like different parts of a jigsaw puzzle that make up the whole book.
Chester is in his mid-thirties living alone in the house he was born in. He lives with regrets of what could have been - holding on to the past - wishing he had been braver and told Beth how he felt about her way back then in high school; wishing he had not let the chance of a football scholarship slip through his hands...
Chester's father had run up debts on credit cards and after he died there is a threat that Chester could be forced to sell the house the pay off the debts. He tries to find work and is disillusioned when he joins a firm of salesmen, knowing that his real dream is to write the bestseller.
His late father visits him one day when Chester is suffering from fever; his visit helps Chester realise that he needs to be liberated from everything that is holding him back from following his dream...liberated from the Horse Latitudes.
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I F*****G LOVED IT!!! Read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. A real page-turner. Not a dull spot in the entire book. Made me laugh out loud. The perfect book for these troubled times!
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I loved Chester! This is his story and he kept me entertained throughout. In between the humorous quips and anecdotes, this story holds nuggets of insight.

Scenes from Chester's past, from childhood to early adulthood, are woven in and around his present day situation. We see the good and the bad of all that shaped him into the man he became. The writing is crisp. The characters a fun, motley assortment. A great book to escape into for any reason.
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The book to me was just another below average Middle Age Crisis story. The pretentious main character blames everyone but himself for his situation in life. Holding on to the idea that he is better then the average person, and learning nothing of humility and humanity. The book was billed as darkly funny, but came off as a sad look at a life that was wasted in self pity.
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