- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450527159
- ISBN-13: 978-1450527156
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,542,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Johnny Oops: Charlatan, Sex Maniac or Prophet, is Johnny Real
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From the Author
I wrote this book as instinct and the characters dictated me to. Thoughts just popped out of my mind. Didn't know the ending until I got close. i like it better that way.
About the Author
Arthur Levine is an observer of economic and social changes in the US as they affect the workings of our democracy, and a computer geek who envisions vast political changes taking place as a result of technological innovations on the Internet incorporating the use of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and virtual reality. He has a background in finance and publishing and is the author of the novels Voyeur Bomb, The Magic Pill, Wasn't Man, Johnny Oops, and the how-to book Husband Hunting. He is a former Director of New Business for Family Circle Magazine, and was the Publisher of TALK Magazine (Girl Talk). Mr. Levine graduated from The Wharton School of Business with a BS in Economics. . He is a freelance writer living in New York City. He is married and has three children.
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Oops's greatest strength is writer Arthur Levine's obvious talent for rich, realistic dialog and deep characterization. The title character, Oops, defines 'multi-faceted', putting even the most schizophrenic cultural icons (such as Sybil) to shame with his near-infinite depth of shifting hi's and lo's, angst and arrogance. Levine also props up Oops with an equally strong supporting cast of colorful family, friends, and a few genuine enemies. Dr. O'Hara stands out as Oops's longtime psychiatrist (one of the few who frequently and bluntly gives his answer to the title question of what Johnny is). And Oops's battles to legitimize his Dialectic Spiritualism society are biting, hilarious socio-political commentary.
The only problem with Oops is its length (at almost 350 pages, paperback).It could have been 50-100 pages shorter, and still retained its strength. Instead, it's dilluted somewhat by a plodding pace (especially in the beginning). It keeps Oops from seriously challenging 50's Holden Caulfield and 60's Valentine Michael Smith for literary misfit magnificence. Levine hamstrings what could have been a seamless flow with extraneous details that may discourage readers with short attention spans. And t.m.i. may also[unintentionally?] define what Oops is, robbing even a diehard reader of discovering it for himself/herself.
But for those who can stay with it, Johnny Oops is ultimately a rewarding and mostly well-crafted character study that is a modern re-imagination of "A Catcher in the Rye" and "Stranger in a Strange Land", as it graphically presents a strong central character wrestling to control (and make sense of) the wild inner and outer worlds he has helped to trap himself in.
I've never laughed so hard reading a book in years. My wife kept looking at me as if I was crazy. This is a modern day CATCHER IN THE RYE and a coming of age novel like no other. Some of Johnny's adventures reminded me of my own youthful experiences, epecially the parts dealing with his high school newspaper and an article that gets him in trouble. Same thing happened to me as a high school journalist. The great irony was that later as an adult journalist I had the opportunity to interview the same principal who disciplined me as part of another story.
Johnny is a self-professed genius philosopher, prophet and sex maniac and Levine does an expert sendup of religion and tele evangelists. Some people may be offended. Who cares, get a sense of humor. I think even God would laugh at this one.
I highly recommend this novel and it is certainly unique in current literature. I look forward to reading more of the Oops family adventures.
Arthur Levine is the Messenger and he brings us the Word!
James A. Anderson,
... and yes, this WAS the trials and tribulations of a... well, a guy... but that is where any similarity ended.
Levine showed superb style throughout this book, especially with the humorous elements that make this book into the great read it is. There are more than enough twists and turns in this book to keep you reading. Everything from the characters to the places are written so consistently well, the story flows and rolls between superb bouts of apathy and frustration as Johnny paddles his way through life.
It's a while since I bought a book based on just wanting a good laugh, and Johnny Oops delivered on every level, and then a few I had never considered. I have to recommend this purely based on that fact.
The second book is already primed in my Kindle and will be taking a prominent role in my TBR list. So, if you are looking for a genuinely fun read, I recommend this whole-heartedly.