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The California Book of the Dead

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  9 reviews
No one could take the place of the recently departed Jackson, but artist Marlowe Stewart and her lover Daa (formerly Sheila Swenson of Minnesota) need someone to occupy his space - and share their house rental in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district. Their housemate Jack, a masseur, is delighted when Marlowe's long lost cousin Sheba McKenzie arrives by bus from In...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Gallery Books (first published 1997)
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Sumiko Saulson
The quintessential San Francisco story, creating a perfect snapshot of a period in time when HIV was still a guaranteed death sentence - the characters dance in and out of the wake of a dying friend.
More interesting story line than The Monk Downstairs , but not quite as good as Blues for Hannah.
Aug 19, 2008 Betty rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people seeking broad satire of San Franciscians
This was kind of fun. I don't know if I thought it was a huge sterotype (yes) or if in fact... no, it was stupid. all the Buddhists were silly and superficial. I don't know-- kinda fun- but stupid.
An "Fa" author, this novel describes the search for meaning amongst seekers who are seeking far too diligently and taking their findings far too seriously. Not a bad read, though; set in San Francisco.
Ray Charbonneau
Follow the spiritual journeys of a group of people who've come to the promised land of California for enlightenment. The author doesn't take his story too seriously, which is the right thing to do.
The joy of this book is in the quirky, flawed, but essentially decent characters who are all striving in their own kooky way for a connection to something beyond themselves.
This book was pretty good. It was really long, but mostly entertaining. I don't think it needed to be 300+ pages, but that could just be me.
Pse, could be worse, but could also be much better. It gets better towards the middle-end though.
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