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Shangri-La Trailer Park [Kindle Edition]

John Zunski
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If an Indian falls in the woods, can you hear him scream? Dora Shear did, and her life was about to get interesting. After Maistoinna Standing Bear tackles a tree, Dog Shear Dora - as she’s known in the trailer park - is left to pick up the pieces. Only she’s up to no good.
Uncover the secrets of a Jewish love triangle, why the IGA checkout lady trashes a car, why a trip over the coffee table is better than Novocain, and more importantly, the difference between a Canadian Passport and a Kentucky Waterfall. Hop on board with Maistoinna for a crazy forty-eight hour ride through the world’s most dysfunctional trailer park.

WARNING! Don’t read if your are: A) easily offended B) politically correct C) like everything nice or D) believe in the Easter Bunny!


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  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482621452
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orangeberry (October 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YUD46S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "SHANGRI-LA TRAILER PARK" (GMTA REVIEW) November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Title: "Shangra - La Trailer Park"
Author: John Zunski
Published By: Amazon (John Zunski)
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard (Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community)
Raven Rating: 4

Review: The warning is true! Do not read this book if you are easily offended, on the other hand if you can handle tongue-in-cheek humor and anecdotes with a bit of good fun at the expense of one slightly illiterate Native American, you'll enjoy this book. It is expressly laugh-out-loud funny and has quite an odd bit to do with bears. That's all I'm going to say. So pick up a copy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than the Sum of its Parts December 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Have you ever marveled at how Coltrane can take squeaks and squeals, seemingly discordant explosions of sound, and roll them out into an experience of sublime musical beauty? That's how Shangri-La reverberated in my senses. More than the sum of its parts, the story takes some pretty distasteful dysfunction squealing and squawking its way through to another plane - an ethereal co-ordinate where the dream world and the consciousness fuse into a continuum.

I hate the gratuitous violence and sadism that has become a mainstay of our present day entertainment. I hate most what it speaks about the depravity of our tastes, the lows of human desire unplugged; the ancient beast in us fed the raw bloody feast of its nature. But gratuitous shock value is not what I found here - not once all the parts of this literary fusion had been put into place. As when listening to a masterful improv composition, one knows in the end that not a single false note has been played.

Not for everyone's taste, Shangri-La Trailer Park is going to upset some people. This is the raw of life with no candy coating to get it down. Beware, though. These characters may capture you even as the repulsion towards them makes you want to put the book down. There's no doubt they are real - maybe that's the hardest pill to swallow.

As the trailer park occupants go about their painfully dysfunctional lives, the protagonist, Maistoinna, a Blackfoot from the north country of Montana, operates on a different plane. Fully modern, armed with all the smart talk and flippant slang he needs to keep trailer park culture at bay, this quirky anti-James Fenimore Cooper NDN has his act together as he communicates with his bear clan spirit guide with the familiarity of a family member

John Zunski is a fine word smith, and a composer of beauty from the rough stuff of life. .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shangri-La Trailer Park September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Shangri-La Trailor Park isn't something I normally read, but this book really opens up your senses and makes you reflect on your own life. The story is about a Native American taking his journey through the Appalachian Mountains and gets hurt while hiking. He runs into a misunderstood woman called Dog Shear Dora and gets sucked into the drama of a dysfunctional Trailer Park. The characters I felt for the most through out the book was Dog Shear Dora for her misunderstood lifestyle and for Jessica, a girl who is abused and hunted by her boyfriend Abe. It is a must-read book that you should not put down, it will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and self realization.

John Zunski's other novels include Cemetary Street, which are one of my favorites. He is extremely talented author with vision for storytelling and a real insight for life's lessons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Shangri-La Trailer Park by John Zunski is a full impact story about a character searching for a lost part of his soul. He decided to hike the Appalachian Trail looking for salvation but does not know what direction to travel. He has visions which are directing him on his path; he had an accident and meets a stranger that brings him, actually holds him hostage in a trailer park. In the trailer park, he is slowly becomes part of their demented world of the bad rift raft. There are some serious graphic plot scenarios in this story. At first one could be offended but as the story unravels, these details are necessary to conclude like a surprise gift, the villain had to be described as the dark psycho as his is and his victims needed to suffer the toil of his wicked actions for the hero to be justified in his actions.

The author declares in the description of this story," Hop on board for a forty-eight hour ride through the world's most dysfunctional trailer park. WARNING! Don't read if your are: A) easily offended B) politically correct C) like everything nice or D) believe in the Easter Bunny!

As a reader I have read his other stories and know that he has a gift to create a story that captures an individual's heart and make one cry and this story captures an individual's morals and takes you on a wild ride into the dark side of the mind, leaving you breathless at the conclusion. This story is not for the delicate at heart. If you are a reader looking for wicked fun when the kiddies go to bed, then this is the story for the grown-ups in you who can tolerate a hard core tale to see the villain pounded and the hero relishing in his victory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Clearly not a book for many, MANY reviewer's taste yet I could not put it down! I've never wanted a character like Ace dead or worse in all the books I've ever read (it must say something about how well the characters were drawn). Some rather vulgar sexual scenes and language present, yet loads of humor both crude and more common place as well as even someone waxing poetic (of all things) making it my most eclectic read to date. Some cleaner passages include:

1) He knew bears_women, well...he understood bears
2) Pete looked at Jessica as if she had farted in the Vatican.
3) Life offered other than grease monkeys, mini-marts and Entertainment Tonight
4) Breakfast - Pop-tarts and a Pepsi
5) He shoveled food down his gullet, stopping only to slurp glassfuls of water. "Easy," Dora mocked. "It's dead, it ain't going anywhere.
6) Empathy, he thought, the curse of the new-age man.
7) Hell hath no fury like a rabid trailer park mongrel
8) Over tension as tough as her meatloaf, Louise interrogated Pete

I could go on and on with over a dozen pages of clippings but I will not, you'll just have to read it if you dare. But be forewarned as there is most assuredly plenty to be offended about, yet the book contained one heck of a story. 5 stars in my opinion! For another funny read of a different sort please see my review for "Flat Crazy" by Ben Rehder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Larry Knee
Quirky characters and plot but fun to read. Who would think all that could happen in one trailer park? Enjoy
Published 10 months ago by Larry Knee
1.0 out of 5 stars Despair
I couldn't get halfway through this, I am sorry to say, after reading some wonderful reviews about it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Senlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book, hated the woman beater...the way the author made me laugh despite that...is why I like the book.
Dog-sheared Dora is a hoot...and tough!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mieko*
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I expected...
Never finished this book as the characters were uninteresting and not very believable for me. Maybe I just didn't GET it.
Published 20 months ago by V. M. Bearden
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical hero here
Really liked this one; I genuinely was surprised and delighted by the quirky imperfect characters whose failings gave them a realistic touch.
Published 23 months ago by Wyvonna Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
This was an entertaining book, I could picture the characters very clearly and it seemed as though they were people I knew or heard about! Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Shangri-La Trailer Park by John Zunski
To be honest, Shangri-La Trailer Park isn't something I'd normally read. Nobody dies, there's no mystery to unravel, and there are certainly no ninja cyborg hamsters. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Jonathan Wilhoit
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John was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. In 2003, he sailed across the country in a U-haul and settled in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. He is the Author of Cemetery Street,Shangri-La Trailer Park and Nightwatching. Cemetery Street is currently available for Kindle and in paperback. Shangri-La Trailer Park is slated for publication to paperback in 2013. He is currently working on Cemetery Street's sequel,Montana Rural.

Look John up on Facebook or check out his website www.JohnZunski.wordpress.com, where amongst other things, you'll find the latest installment of The Barroom Chronicles, a series of essays detailing the insanity of a small town bar.

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