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Love on the Big Screen Paperback – February 10, 2011
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More About the Author
"Torg" to many of his friends and students, Bill grew up the son of two English teachers in rural Winamac, Indiana obsessed with basketball and the films of John Hughes. Bill's first novel, Love on the Big Screen, is about a college freshman basketball player whose understanding of love is derived from 80's romantic comedies. Horseshoe is a Midwestern Gothic themed novel-in-stories inspired by the work of Flannery O'Connor and John Updike. It's set in a fictionalized version of Bill's hometown of Winamac. The Coach's Wife is Bill's latest novel and Pat Conroy calls it, "One of the best books about coaching and basketball I've ever read...with a love story so complicated and wonderful it will have book clubs talking about it for years."
Top Customer Reviews
There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness. Torgerson's prose is fresh, and the characters he created are true to life and very relatable, while at the same time interesting and often surprising. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is a page turing read that succeeds in creating a perfect balance of humor and thought provoking themes.
"Brothers in Pursuit" (Zuke, Cowboy, The Dini, Moon, and Flabby)...Young Men whom are in pursuit of God,
knowledge, compassion and women. Through out reading the book I tried to picture the young men I went to school with and pair them up with the characters I've mentioned above. A few came to mind and one I thought could be Zuke.(so, I chuckled through out reading and thought how fun it would be to send a copy to all and get reactions...if that doesn't happen, I will definately share with my male classmate buddies)
I really enjoyed reminiscing my beloved decade of choice through this book and enjoyed reading of places mentioned that I know about and have visited by living close.(I've had a similar experience of a memoir novel I read not long ago set in Richmond IN)
So, placement of where the story takes place was Fun for me...
Reading about Zuke, who has unrealistic expectations about Love created through the 80's movies he loves, gave me an inside look into what it's like for a male to experience mid-west conservative Christian college life in the late 1980's...something I never thought about at all since College Life was never an option/or should I say, an option I wanted to pursue at that time in my life. Aww Zuke, the poor guy...I did feel bad for him in a sense.(I've been there...just in a different way. What woman doesn't experience The Cinderella Syndrome...if she's honest with herself anyway) Isn't that what Hollywood film/TV/even fiction novels can do to every normal mid-westerner??(of course, speaking personally...Read more ›
With his good friends, the Brothers in Pursuit, they seek God, Knowledge, compassion and most importantly women. Through the ups and downs of relationships, love and the intricacy of life Zuke learns everything he learned in the movies is nothing like real life.
I couldn't help but like Zuke. He was so much the everyman underdog character. In those great 80s movies growing up (yes yes I just aged myself) I always loved the Farmer Ted/Lloyd Dobler's of the movies. I couldn't help but feel like I was getting a rare glimpse into the male psyche, while reading Love on the Big Screen. This book would have sure helped when I was in high school!
All joking aside, I did enjoy reading Love on the Big Screen. For me, I thought it had a slow start, but the more I got to know Zuke and his friends the more I enjoyed it. Once Zuke, started waking up and realizing how love in the movies is very different than real life I liked him even more. More than anything I really enjoyed the ending. The ending was all about being real and not a `movie' type ending. The only real negative was a guy humor. Not really my thing, but that might be because I'm a girl. A definite lighthearted read.
I'm a fan of sports, but not sports books. I'm a child of the '80s and a slave to pop-culture, but I'm not one for nostalgia. I love movies, but disliked most of the movies referenced in this book. I should have disliked this book for all the reasons that most of the other reviewers loved it. I didn't. I enjoyed the book immensely. For me, that's a testament to a well written and well crafted story. So, if you love the '80s, read this book. If you love basketball, read this book. If you love "Say Anything", read this book. If you hate all those things, you still owe it to yourself to read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know why I loved this book so much—maybe it's because I'm a child of the 80s, or because I'm obsessed with movies like the book's main character. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Larry Hoffer
Zuke rules! The story of Zuke and his college loves and losses at a religious college is at turns funny, sweet, touching and always charming and right on the mark for everyone who... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Carter Hooper
I've had a pleasure to attending a writing workshop with this author. I think he's a great and genuine individual. I was also very excited to read this book. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Joe Suppes
A superbly written, heartfelt story that was extremely hard to put down. Amazing characters and unique theme about a young man's journey through college using 80's romantic... Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Jeremy Vogt
I received this book from the author through Goodreads and first I would like to say thank you for the inscription and autograph of the book. That makes it so special. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Sam
A delightful and absorbing read. The 80's nostalgia is a delight in and of itself but the characters and narrative could be of any era. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Simply put; I did not want this book to end. Personally, Love on the Big Screen joins an elite handful of books that have caused me to cancel all prior engagements in order to... Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by CarrollChargers
What a great read! This book moves at a nice, crisp pace and the protagonist, Zuke, is utterly likable and surprisingly complex. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Pigasus