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Rocket Man Paperback – May 1, 2013
"Rocket Man is a charming tale of fatherhood, family, and the American Dream."
Midwest Book Review
"Hazelgrove asserts that the real American Dream--that of being self-made and maintaining individuality--is what gets crushed by the empty pursuit of material products we are programmed to desire."
--San Antonio Express
"An exemplary novel dealing with the death of the American Dream."
--Southern Review of Books
From the Author
Why I Wrote Rocket Man Rocket Man was written after I moved to the suburbs from the city. I looked around and found myself and others unable to keep up with what had become the American Dream: the big car, house, basically the overheated middle-class life that had become the American nightmare. When I became the Rocket Man for my son's Scout Troop, I knew I had a motif to write this novel of a man isolated in a world rapidly spinning out of control. Rocket Man is a story of our time: a man about to lose his home, trying desperately to hang on to what really matters in life. In this way, Rocket Man is really about us.
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There were a few grammatical/editing errors. I always point these out in order to help the authors, but these did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.
First (and probably the most minor but a pet peeve of mine) is the use of "try and" instead of "try to." To TRY is to ATTEMPT. Just one example: Instead of "I'll try and listen more..." see how this sounds: "I'll ATTEMPT and listen more." Doesn't work, does it? Also, "try and" is never used in the negative, such as "try and not do it" which should be a hint in itself.
"You know nothing about Wendy and I, Dad." (Wendy and ME.) Leave out "Wendy" and see how this sounds: "You know nothing about I, Dad."
"She stares at Brad Jones and I..." (at Brad Jones and ME)
All in all, there were fewer errors in this book than in most. I definitely give it a 5 for content. I didn't want to put the book down.
It was humorous and sad at the same time. Many of the difficult situations the main character experienced,(if not all)were of his own making. But the tension throughout the book was relieved nicely by the ending.
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