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The Land of Debris and the Home of Alfredo [Kindle Edition]

Kenn Amdahl
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Book Description

A funny and quirky novel that follows an amnesiac across North America in search of his lost life, armed only with a telephone number that no longer seems to be working correctly.

Editorial Reviews


Enjoyably quirky. --NAPRA Review

Hilarious and memorable --The Tattered Cover Presents

The Land of Debns is much more than your typical journey into self-discovery. What separates it from its twitching, self-absorbed kin on the shelves is a true poignancy, an insight into what we love and what we hate, what we forget and what we want to be forgotten. Plus, if you read this book, you will live like a rock star and ride on the back of a dinosaur. --Joe Reid

About the Author

Kenn Amdahl is the author of :There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings; Jumper and the Bones; Revenge of the Pond Scum; and Joy Writing: Discover and Develop Your Creative Voice. He is also co-author (with Jim Loats) of both Algebra Unplugged and Calculus for Cats. He's published dozens of poems and songs. He lives in Colorado where he has been actively involved in the writing and publishing community for over 20 years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Clearwater Publishing Company Inc. (January 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00368B6QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Existential Romp November 7, 2003
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I belly-laughed my way through this witty 'travelogue' as the protagonist (who can't remember anything about himself, including his name, and has no form of identification on himself) romps his way through America and Mexico, taking on personalities based on the reactions of people that he meets. His fresh-eyed descriptions of even the simplest things -- such as taking a shower or watching a lizard dart out of its cactus home -- add to the charm of this narrative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found it digging deep into me March 22, 2006
A man walks through the deserted prairie of Oklahoma. He knows he is missing something, but he can't quite figure out what it is. Suddenly, in a moment of breakthrough, he realizes he has no memories left. Who is he? Why is he in the middle of nowhere? He finds a gas station and tries to call the one number that he remembers and gets an answering machine to "The Land of Debris and Home of Alfredo". Progressing through the most ludicrous of situations, the man finds himself in such places as New Mexico, Mexico City, Oregon, Las Vegas, Lousiana, and Kansas. The man is the accomplice to drug trades, casino scams, police cover-ups, and voodoo ceremonies by total default.

I found the book to be enthralling, but not super coherent. It was just plausible enough to keep a story and yet it somehow kept me reading it. It was laced with drug references and innuendo, but it still keeps its main objective in sight: to find out the identity of the protagonist. Its storytelling was superb, and I found it digging deep into me and finding the vagabond hidden in my personality. The book built up to a fantastic ending, but it left me with nothing. I really hated the ending, but the incredible body of the book almost totally made up for the overly demure ending.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful reading February 23, 2013
By Donna
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A simple plot, well defined, written with humor and wisdom. The main character has an amazing resilience to the quirky adventures life throws his way. Very satisfactory resolution. I'd like to have an after-book interview with Malcolm-Merle-Sunshine. Some paragraphs were pure prose, others witty. I will be thinking about this book for some tie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT story! August 29, 2012
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I read this book about ten years ago and was thinking about it again recently ... enough so that I just HAD to read it again! And yep - I loved it just as much as I did the first time! This edgy, beautifully written story about a lost soul who finds himself wandering down a lonesome highway without a clue as to who he is or how he got there is more than just a novel - it's somewhat of a metaphor about all our lives. Just what would you do if you woke up not knowing who you were or where you belonged in life? (Actually, maybe some of us SHOULD wake up and start over!) The story line keeps you guessing from chapter to chapter as our hero falls into one tricky situation after another and keeps rolling with the punches, hoping desperately that he finds himself sooner or later. Honestly - I'd love to see this book made into a film! - Mary Jo Fay
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4.0 out of 5 stars The journey August 7, 2011
I found the "who, what, where and when" that I always look for in a story, but I searched for the "why" or "how come". Why was the protagonist in this situation? How did this happen to him? During his first adventures I hoped to learn about that "why" (even a tiny narrator's note), but it was not to be. So I made it up as I read, modifying my idea as necessary. That's what good writers do - they leave some things open so each reader may fill in the blanks for herself or himself.

When I released my need to know why he was in this predicament, it was easy to follow him on his path. However, at the end I got a clue about what had happened to him, but it was too late for me to work with that information. I think he was quite naïve during some scenes and that stretched my suspension of disbelief more than I like, though I won't tell you about those scenes.

This was his journey to find himself. Each of us is on a journey to find ourselves (whether we admit it or not) and it was an experience to peek into these pages and read the story of this journey.

The writer has a delightful writing style. You'll find great phrasing, fresh ideas and word use.

I was interested in the comment about the ending. I, too, was looking for something else. After I thought about it, I realized it was like the end of many journeys. It ended with a new beginning I would not have chosen.
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More About the Author

After 89 Real Publishers rejected There Are No Electrons, I formed Clearwater Publishing Company to publish it myself. That was over twenty years ago; the book has sold about 100,000 copies and continues to sell well. Thank you to everyone who has bought it.

Then I wrote two math books with Jim Loats, Ph.D.- Algebra Unplugged and Calculus for Cats. I also published my humorous novel, The Land of Debris and the Home of Alfredo. In answer to the hordes of people who ask me, hey, Kenn, how can I write better myself so I can live your cushy lifestyle, I published Joy Writing: Discover and Develop Your Creative Voice. Although, I must point out that "cushy" isn't the first word that springs into most folks' minds to describe my lifestyle, especially people to whom I am married. But I do enjoy writing and that book describes my own philosophy about it.

While I was driving into the mountains, a voice whispered this sentence into my ear: "Some people say I ain't smart enough to have did what I done." The imaginary voice cracked me up. I spend so much time trying to write better, the idea of writing a book that was, at best, grammatically inconsistent seemed liberating and fun, only I had no idea for a story. When I got home, I tried to write in that voice and the result, a few months later, was "Jumper and the Bones." It's a sweet and sometimes funny little novel. I released it as a Kindle book and have gotten some really great feedback. But don't buy it if bad grammar irritates you. That's just how Jumper talks. I had not thought about the market, but it turns out that some kids enjoy the book at least as much as adults.

When a friend became sick and lost the use of her legs, I started trying to learn about ALS and other neurological diseases. I became fascinated by the various theories about the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, MS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease. Some of the theories are bizarre, some make sense, some are receiving lots of attention and research money-- yet I'd never heard about them. I kept notes as I did my research and finally compiled the entire project into a little book called "Revenge of the Pond Scum." Some very impressive scientists have read it, given me great feedback (as well as suggestions that I've incorporated). It's an easy read if you're interested in biology. So far, I've only released this as a Kindle book and an E-pub book for the Nook reader.

Over the last couple of years I started blogging, because everyone says authors "need" to blog. Once a week or so I write about my tropical fish, or politics, or gardening. Sometimes I chat about writing or promoting books. Sometimes the entire post is one of my poems. My blog is called "The Wordguise Alembic;" predictably, I put together a collection of sixty or so blogs into a kindle book called "The Wordguise Alembic Volume One." Besides blogs and poems, it contains lengthy excerpts from each of my other published books, as well as chapters from two of my books in progress. It's an easy way to sample them all and choose which one you might like to read all the way through. It's now time to assemble Volume Two.

My little publishing venture has led me to meet many interesting folks, from famous guys like Dave Barry and Clive Cussler to folks as obscure as myself. I've gotten neat letters from Ray Bradbury, Tom Robbins and a host of others, as well as from prisoners, folks in the White House, students and hopeful writers of all kinds. Writing introduced me to my tribe, and it's a cool bunch of people. I've had some fun surprises, as well. Famed inventor Dean Kamen was asked on the radio about his favorite books and he mentioned Calculus for Cats at some length. I discovered that Encyclopedia Britannica had recommended one of my math books. Once, at a bluegrass festival five hundred miles from home I saw someone in the audience reading Algebra Unplugged. I had to show them my driver's license to convince them I was one of the authors. At a lunch for local writers, I introduced myself to a guy whose eyes got wide as he shook my hand. "I've HEARD of you!" he said in astonishment. I do not, apparently, look like a guy someone might have heard of.

I also write songs and play guitar. I've performed on a few CD's and set my coffee cup down on even more. I was in the acoustic group "Cottonwood" for ten years or so; we released two CD's. Each included a few of my originals. My next musical project will be a CD of some 200 year old Irish folk songs that vanished from the earth until one of my sons gave me a book published in 1808 and I figured them out. I spent weeks researching each song and its creator; those stories are as interesting as the songs themselves. I might consider making it a kickstarter project. Once I get that project out the door, I'll probably get more serious about trying to record and release more of my own originals.

I like to garden, and when the harvest isn't so impressive, I let the plants go to seed, collect the seed, and try to convince my wife that's what I was going for all along. I harvest peaches from a half dozen trees I raised from seeds. I've recently gotten fascinated with growing mushrooms and have jars of mycelium lurking all around my office. I also make wine and soap and buttermilk, which is fun as long as you remember which one you're doing at any given time. I'm a defensive mechanic who will try to fix the problem that has stranded me at the side of the road for a long time before I call someone who knows what he's doing. Similarly, I will repair my own plumbing until my clothes are just too soaked, and will wire a light switch when asked to do so. I am rarely asked.

I've been married to my beautiful and very patient high school sweetheart for over 40 years now. We have three grown sons, a couple of cats, a bunch of guppies, and some banana slugs in a terrarium. I've been involved with a number of book-related non profits in Colorado, and served on the board of directors for a few. I've written a half dozen unpublished novels and may release another one or two (at least as Kindle books) just to see how that goes. But if you're listening, and your name is "Random House" I'd sure be willing to let you have a chance at them first.


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