Meet David Justin, an Italian-Catholic, height-challenged youth, desperately trying to escape the bonds of sexual repression and adolescent innocence that hold him captive…in the 60s. The journey of enlightenment is both laugh-aloud funny and gut-wrenchingly emotional, as David discovers that coming-of-age is more than just a five-minute roll in the hay culminating in a thirty-second celebratory shower.
The audiobook is filled with universal characters and rip-roaring adventures, including a hilarious spring break trip to Key West, Florida, involving a gay artist, goats, fleas, and…well, you get the picture. Anyone who's old enough to remember the Age of Aquarius, drive-in movies, and network TV should appreciate, no, make that "dig" Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening.
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Escaping Innocence brought back vivid memories of my youth...embarrassment, shame, guilt, lust, as well as some of the greatest times of my life. The events depicted in this tale of coming-of-age in the sixties were universal, and I'm sure anyone of that era would easily relate to them. Mr. Kohler's narration sparkled with an energy reminiscent of Jean Sheppard, one of the great storytellers of all time (A Christmas Story). His excellent voice talent added greatly to this already wonderful story. I highly recommend this to all baby boomers!
I think the section of the book that most touched me was the relationship between the main character, David Justin, and his black college classmates.
The scene in Captain Tony's bar.
Laugh, laugh, laugh! Also, highly emotion was a scene involving 'Nam.
Looking forward to more from this talented author.
I might listen again, as I tend to read many books multiple times. It was certainly good enough to listen to again.
"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, but from a different era and the main character is a bit younger. The theme of self-discovery is very similar, however.
The way he brings different voices to different characters. Definitely something you would only get from listening to the book.
Most of the story brought back memories of that time period, as I would have been just a few years younger than the main character. Not sure there was on specific moment that moved me, but I could certainly relate to the main character.
Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) Follows David Justin from early puberty to early manhood set in the backdrop of the early 1960's, a time that holds a special place in the hearts of us old coots. It's a funny, irreverent recounting of David's adventures in high school and beyond, as he pursues the one thing that almost every male of his age thinks about: getting a member of the opposite sex into bed. Along the way, we get to peek into David's struggles as tries to figure out relationships with his friends and, even more importantly, what it is he really wants to do with life. It touches on some of the important events that helped to define the sixties: the civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam, in particular. Somewhat surprisingly, there is no reference to the Kennedy assassination, but that is probably fine. The tone throughout is too light-hearted to get bogged down in that tragedy.
For those of us who lived through the sixties, this book will bring back many memories, most of them good. For those too young to have lived in that timeframe, or those who were too young to really remember it, it does a good job of capturing what it was like to be a young person during that time. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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