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Rocket Man Paperback – May 1, 2013
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"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
- Chicago Sun Times
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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Top Customer Reviews
Hazelgrove is an excellent writer who is easy to read.His storytelling ,observations of life and character development are seen from the beginning all the way through to the end.
One little thing leaves me somewhat confused.There are two books listed here.One has a publication date of Jan 2012 and has 428 pages.There are 62 reviews posted for it and some are as old as Sep 30,2008.The one I read ,has a publication date of 2013,has 290 pages,and only 3 Reviews.I suspect they are the same;but the difference in numbers of pages is confusing.
I have always enjoyed reading books where the writer is talking about his observations on life,people and situations.My favorites are Mark Twain,John Steinbeck and Erskine Caldwell.In the early 70's ,I worked in New York,and for 2 hours every night, I listened to Jean Shepherd on WOR New York.He even wrote a couple of books.In my opinion he was one of the best when it came to storytelling and observations on life.Memories of "Shep" haunted me all through this book,so it was not a surprise to read about Ralph and "A Christmas Story" at the end of the book.
So, if you have not read anything by Hazelgrove,and you enjoy writers such as I have mentioned;I highly recommend this book and others by him.If you would like to hear fantastic storytelling by someone I feel Hazelgrove may even be a fan of;there are some great Jean Shepherd videos on YouTube.
All may not be lost ,since we no longer have Twain,Steinbeck,Caldwell,and others that Reviewers have mentioned;to entertain us;I strongly recommend you check out this book.
There's really not a plot; rather, Dale's first person narrative explains how he got into the mess he's in, and hasn't a clue how to get out of it. Nothing is sugar-coated, though his spot-on metaphors are quite amusing. He has to figure his outcome by himself; his father has been a poor role model, his brother is an over-reactive liberal, his wife is tired of his ambivalence, and he's surrounded by impossibly clueless suburbanites, with few exceptions.
I don't want to give away the story, but I'm a slow reader and finished this one in record time. I was taken in completely, and enjoyed the ride. Recommended.
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It is all about life in the burbs of today. How does one hang on to his sanity when living in the drab, drab, drab.Read more