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Happy Talk: A Novel

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Gun-slinging American student nurses and boozy New York playwrights-turned-educational-filmmakers find themselves stuck in the Haiti of 1955 as part of a government plan to pump up tourism and turn the Magic Island into the next Hawaii. The story follows the travels of Culprit Clutch, who appears mostly through rumor and innuendo, and his strange encounters with a plane-ho ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 19th 2013 by Red Lemonade
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Augustine Case
Richard Melo is the Jimi Hendrix of novel dialogue.
Pb Carlton
When Red Lemonade opened for business a couple years ago, it was awesome. All these brilliant novels you could read for free online and communicate with the writers directly. Happy Talk was one of my favorites. The dialogue is hysterical and the novel is slyly antiestablishment to the extreme.

While the novel reminds me of the writers Melo says influenced him--Virginia Woolf, Joseph Heller et al--it's also unlike anything I've read. Rather than a knock off of other writers' styles (which would s
Light-hearted is what immediately comes to mind when I think of my time spent reading Happy Talk and yes, there is a good deal of happy talk — an ongoing playful banter between multiple characters, gossip, discussion, innuendo, and a tall-tale or two and more — it was like reading one of those odd little dreams with complexities I wouldn’t think of during my waking hours. It is gently surrealistic — a meandering stream carving its way through a fantastical place, colorful language and bright col ...more
Jul 10, 2013 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the writer behind this book, so naturally I think it's a five-star novel. Don't take my word for it. Here's what others are saying:

"Happy Talk is a ribald and fantastic act of literary derring-do. Richard Melo has written a delightful throwback, an absurdist romp in the tradition of Terry Southern, that is sure to challenge and reward its readers."

–Jonathan Evision, author of 'The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving' and 'West of Here'

"To read 'Happy Talk' is to crash a party as vivid and sur
Dele Sinclair
There's no middle place with this book. People will get it or not get and love it + people will get it or not get it and hate it. Upon completing my reading, I am deciding to love it. First book I ever read that starts off like Noel Coward and ends like Eldridge Cleaver with plenty of other styles lurking at every turn. The book is so full of surprises.

I wish the book said more about the "SOURCE." When this came up, it seemed important, like it was driving much of what was going on just below t
Ginney Etherton
I bow to the other reviewers here who have expressed their opinions so well. In my effort to explain this novel to the local librarian, who purchased the book on my behalf, I encouraged him to push it to the more adventurous readers. Lineal-thinking readers who need a recognizable structure (a group I just learned existed) would probably not get it. Too bad for them.
Apr 06, 2015 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandra by: TNBBC
Happy Talk is a new and unique experience for readers since it is written in a dashed dialog style which leads in a pleasant experience of hearing a bunch of voices with the eyes closed.
Melo tried something absolutely innovative and got a great result that I would strongly recommend to read.

Laura Grebe
It took me a little bit to get into the everyone-standing-in-a-room-talking style, but I got into the book, it was very fun.
fucking kick ass, funny , brilliant novel (pfc?) richacd melo
Will write up my review
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Richard Melo [1968- ] landed in Portland, OR after fleeing San Francisco in the early 1990s. California was too costly for someone like Melo with such complete lack of ambition for anything other than the novels galloping along inside his head. While other young people flourished in San Francisco’s dot com boom (producing remarkable achievements like, Melo ran movie projectors and did Am ...more
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