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TRIPPING From Cleveland to Paris & Beyond Paperback – June 11, 2012
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The novel's title alone says much about the generation and how it retained its odd title through the noisy turmoil that it helped engender, accompanied by the beat of the rock and roll genre it created. Barbara, the narrator-protagonist, spends much of her time distancing herself from her conservative American roots in Cleveland, Ohio, traveling to Paris, seeking creative outlets, immersing herself in French culture, and taking side "trips" into the indulgences of the new morality, thus escaping from the characterization of her generation by William Manchester as "withdrawn, cautious, unimaginative, indifferent, unadventurous and silent." Curiously, the "Silent" label was first applied by Time in 1951, when the age range of what came to be known as the Silent Generation was only six to twenty-four! A premature condemnation of a generation if there ever was one! And yet the label stuck.
Why? "Tripping" provides a partial answer. Barbara wanted little to do with the cardboard image of her cohorts, so she "tripped out," literally and psychologically. Who can blame her?Read more ›
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Know the author, so wanted to read it. Could not be happier. Delightful read -- and brought back all of my own memories of tripping to Paris after college where a few weeks "off"... Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by salcap
This book has great scenes from a lost Paris, that of the late 1950s, experienced first-hand by the author. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by pwh