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Jim Dodge
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Not Fade Away

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  570 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Not Fade Away is a rock 'n' roll road novel with rhythm to burn, traveling in time from the Beat era to the dawn of the sixties. George Gastin is a San Francisco tow-truck operator who wrecks cars as part of an insurance scam. One of the cars Gastin is hired to destroy is a snow-white 1959 Cadillac that was supposed to be a present for the Big Bopper, who dies in a plane c ...more
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Published December 1st 2007 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (first published 1987)
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Max Nemtsov
Aug 02, 2014 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Не спрашивайте, почему я дочитал его только сейчас. Время пришло.

Первый из двух крупных романов великого пост-битника и около-хиппи, одного из немногих еще живых мудрецов современной мировой литературы (да, это честь — жить на одной планете и в одно время с Джимом Доджем) — скорее исторически-культурологический, нежели «сигнально-опорный». Он примерно идеален — рок-н-ролльно-наркотический роман дороги, основанный на мифологии середины ХХ века, что нужно еще? Додж увязывает в одном повествовании
Mar 19, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge (
Several years ago I read Jim Dodge's Stone
Junction after my old friend Gurbs had recommended
it and loved every word of it which is why it's
strange that it took me so long to getting round
to getting Jims other books, well this xmas just
gone Santa delivered them to me.
Damn Not Fade Away is a great read and like the
books narrator Floorboard George it is soaked in
Benzedrine and flashes by at great speed so you
feel like your gobbling down the benn

It was alright but at the end of the book I asked myself why I'd read it. Sometimes the author had writer's diarrhea. I guess he was trying to get across a point to the reader to help with the story. Many of these times I heaved a mental sigh of boredom and wondered when it would be over. In the end I didn't get the point of the book. Why write about a road trip like this? Who cares? I didn't care when I began and it didn't change by the end of the book
Jul 31, 2014 Christian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
I've sometimes struggled slightly to relate to the whole road trip thing. Maybe it's living in a pretty compact country. I mean, a road trip in the UK generally consists of a couple of hours up the motorway, maybe stopping off at a service station for a cup of tea and a muffin if wanting to drag things out a bit.

That said, this is largely pretty engaging stuff, picking up pace as it goes. Floorboard George seems a likeable if somewhat drug-addled character and narrates the main body of the story
Rebecca eley
Jun 14, 2011 Rebecca eley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-cult-fiction
More jim dodge. Love this too and I didn't expect the end. It's like road trip with a twist. It spoiled on the road for me couldn't even finish it all seemed a bit dull. Even more randomness than hunter s thompson
Enjoyed most of the novel very much except when it went into a sorta hippie hallucination side track that is prevalent to certain US writers of a certain age ( and drug intake.)
Jan 24, 2013 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dodge
3rd from dodge for me...all recent...the other two his Stone Junction and Fup...don't recall the stone junction pub-date...but i think fup is from 1983...yep, from when dodge was 38

this one, 1987 and there's a...8-line, brother bob, a whole slew of people...slew? seems to fit.

followed by an acknowledgments page...another big long list of folk...not enough he'd need to buy obama-insurance...but almost

the title
i take it the title comes from a buddy holly tune..."not fade away" th
Jan 07, 2010 Blair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellloooo Bayyy-bee! Being a rabid fan of Dodge's "Stone Junction" I was eager to slip my mind into another one of his works. This book is a wild romp along the highways of the U.S. of A., set in an era where music along with the country it inspired were still trying to figure things out. We are given another memorable character in George Gastin with whom the book rollicks along with at a feverish pace. The novel is a speed-fueled, beer guzzling, pursuit for the truth behind love, friendship and ...more
José Gutiérrez
Oct 09, 2014 José Gutiérrez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Kerouac eat your heart out. This is the book On The Road wanted to be but lacked the hairy balls. Flatboard George is just one of a dozen memorable maniacs you'll meet on this odyssey. Dodge writes like a lysergic angel with two fistful of bennies. Like the song of the title, this book delivers the laced goods with an arsenic wit and a whole lotta heart. His asides on music, poetry and jazz are just a few of the treats along the way. Also highly recommend Stone Junction and his excellent co ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Seenepoiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic tale,(apologies for using the unfortunate most suitable descriptive) of finding yourself after helping others find what they are looking for. Loved it and suggest it to anyone who should have been born in the 50's or 60's. Great intertwining of actual history and painting a picture of a decade where all was lost and then found again.
Nov 24, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slick pulp-noir road novel about 50s rock and roll, redemption and something something maybe. Unfortunately, I lost interest in the trip a little while before Mr Dodge did.
Barry Nelson
May 29, 2016 Barry Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author mints a special character to relate to for people who read the book.
Jun 22, 2015 Txolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pepinos
Gran pepino literario, historia de roadtrip anfetamínico y rockero. Poco más puedo pedirle a la vida y a la lectura
Peter Clarke
Good. Strange. Beat.
Lisa Kavanaugh
Feb 08, 2014 Lisa Kavanaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Stone Junction but his rapid fire, roller coaster prose is still mind blowing. I intend to read everything Jim Dodge has ever written. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll.
Leon Moore
Jun 08, 2011 Leon Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. After going through a rough patch in my life, this book helped me find my mojo, my confidence and helped me find my unique outlook on life again.

Its fast paced while being deeply profound and contemplative. I chuckled gasped cried and at the end felt like i'd read a book that'll stay with me for a longtime!

George Gastin is my new hero!
Mar 21, 2007 Graeme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graemes
Ah, Americana, but not in an annoying Eagles-type way - endless highways, diners, the golden age of rock 'n' roll. Some guy trundling around in the Big Bopper's old car. Not earth-shattering, but entertaining enough. Apparently that wee book Fup is meant to be quite good, but reckon I'll wait til I have a comfy seat in a bookshop rather than buying it.
Mar 20, 2008 Sterling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff, like Fear And Loathing...but more spiritual. Like watching Yosemite Sam run up into the rolling hills only to be exploded by a menacing trail of black powder.
Nate Jordon
For thesis research...

Follows the archetypal road novel trajectory; the tall-tale yarning protagonist eventually picks up various hitchhikers and travelers with their own tales to tell, each with a philosophical bent, on his journey through the late fifties and sixties to reach the grave of the Big Bopper.
Daimo Peat
Sep 30, 2015 Daimo Peat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly marvelous. I cannot state how much I love Jim Dodge. His mixture of hedonism and spiritually all wrapped up in rollicking good adventure story are world class.
Great hitchiking adventure! A bit aimless, but it moves like a leopard with the soul of Kilimanjaro. Like a potato its got lots of good bits, but the whole is maybe a bit beige. Reads like loads of short story ideas, so maybe its more like crisps.
Apr 24, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book more when I was younger... not much more than a drug-addled race across the country with less poetic notions or wisdom than keruac wrote 2 decades prior. Zany story, but lacks the flair of Tom Robbins.
Nov 09, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best road book since On The Road. Jim Dodge is one of the best story tellers ever. Enjoy this, delight in this and as the story drives on you find yourself wishing that you were in THAT car too...and d'you know what? you are.
Jan 03, 2009 sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I didn't like this one nearly as much as Stone Junction. I skimmed a lot toward the end when I realized it was just the author blathering on in a non-entertaining stream of consciousness method. bleh.
May 20, 2007 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like "on the road" but much better. don't know why it never became as popular.
Mar 01, 2011 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as fabulous as "Fup" but still pretty good. How can I describe this book? An acid road trip in the Big Bopper's car, lots of interesting characters. Rock and Roll.
Steven Hargreaves
Jun 06, 2013 Steven Hargreaves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this as a counter-Beat book. Mostly a page turner, things get naturally weirder as the book goes on. Some dialogue is brilliant especially Double Gone.
Jun 22, 2008 Chanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like On the Road + Fear and Loathing
Clarity Jackson
Sep 05, 2012 Clarity Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vibrant tour of musical mindscapes and wild road trips with a big splash of history and laughter. I loved this book
Joshua Heckathorn
Nov 14, 2007 Joshua Heckathorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-twice
Great story that has a few twists along the way. The Book ends in a blaze of glory and insanity. Hilarious read!
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Jim Dodge is an American novelist and poet whose works combine themes of folklore and fantasy, set in a timeless present. He has published three novels, Fup, Not Fade Away and Stone Junction and a collection of poetry and prose, Rain on the River. Dodge was born in 1945 and grew up as an Air Force brat. As an adult he spent many years living on an almost self-sufficient commune in West Sonoma Coun ...more
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