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The Beauregarde Affair Paperback – December 9, 2011
About the Author
Born in the Deep South in 1954, Brian M. Talgo later spent his formative years in Westchester County, a northern suburb of New York City. Despite his new Yankee status, he returned to the South (Atlanta, Georgia) after high school, where he idled away a large part of the 70's.
Wandering restlessly about the US for several years, working mainly as a carpenter and stonemason, he eventually found his inner Viking and relocated to Norway in 1981 after foolishly vowing to leave the country if a certain third rate movie actor became president. After many years abroad he has grown comfortable with his expat status.
The proverbial jack of all trades, Mr. Talgo eventually studied and nailed down a degree in ecology (University of Oslo) but shortly thereafter found himself wandering again, this time down the path of information technology. He currently works as an IT engineer at the University of Oslo, Blindern, while gazing longingly out over the fjords, waiting for his longship to come in. In the meanwhile he writes, paints and makes artsy-fartsy photos to fill in the time.
The author presently lives in Oslo together with his wife, son, two cats and a seven-foot avocado tree. A daughter has wisely flown the coop. The Beauregarde Affair is his first major foray into the world of literature.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
Or where my keys are...
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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