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In a Place Like No Other Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
It seems a like a fantasy cum autobiography. Certainly nothing like this ever happens to real people, but parts of this tale have happened to lots of baby boomers who found places like Gloucester to hang out and wait for things to cool off. Instead things got wierd--locally strange. College friendships faded while new friends emerged with all kinds of bizarre experiences to share. The bucolic pleasures of higher education dissolved and a new "grown-up" reality materialized. Everything seemed "relevant." Real things were happening and it was all so much more up close and personal, more vivid than anything in the past. Things just like you read about happened all around you.
And then it was gone. The adventures, exciting as they were in that context, ended in a work-a-day world. Careers and families forced us to stop believing in all that wild and crazy stuff. What happened? I'm not sure. Perhaps I should have paid closer attention to what I did for 25 years. Touchette certainly did. I'm glad at least someone sat back and tried to remember how crazy that life seemed and wrote it down.
If there are some parts missing from your puzzle of the 70's--parts you know you had but cannot quite put your hands on, *In a Place Like No Other* may help you find them or more interesting replacement parts that may add a little color to that puzzle before it fades completely. It's a colorful yarn told in an exagerated style--definitely worth a weekend to unravel.
From his perch high atop his 'fictious' Banner Hill, Ed has colored everyone just as vividly in his book as they truly appear on the Neck...and in his paintings. Cannot overlook the nod to our favorite dog, either - only a Labrador would put up with people like this, in a place like no other.
A great love of architecture is obvious in the way he describes neighborhoods, buildings, houses. Touchette has also eloquently captured the rhythm of life which has always made Gloucester, indeed all of Cape Ann, a very unique experience.
Couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally enjoyed this book. Brought back wonderful memories of the 70's and a beautiful area we used to visit. Read morePublished on January 8, 2006 by LAM
Great fictional book about Rocky Neck! (Even though I've heard from locals that it's not so fictional!) If you have ever been to Gloucester, MA you have to read this book!Published on September 8, 2005 by Sid Lydia