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Ahora es el momento

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  747 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Rigby, alter ego del autor, proveniente de una familia desestructurada de la América profunda, decide emprender un viaje en pos de su independencia. El protagonista describe, con una honestidad que desarma, todo cuanto acontece en su periplo: su encuentro con personajes inolvidables, el sabor de la libertad, el peso de la religión, el descubrimiento de su homosexualidad y ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Mondadori (first published 2006)
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Aug 10, 2011 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those drawn to character-based stories. Plot, schmot.
Original review August 31, 2009:

I'm not going to lie, this book took a solid 100 pages to really get into. But once I was in, I was IN. All the way. I cried to have to turn the last page. It's like a cross between Steinbeck and Kerouac with some SE Hinton thrown in for good measure, a YA version of _East of Eden_.

The setting (rural Idaho in the late 1960s) seemed pitch-perfect, the character was believable and engaging (once we got over our initial hump), and the emotional development was well d

Esta novela es una oda a la huida. Al hecho de perderse lejos de donde uno puede ser fácilmente encontrado. Un absoluto festival literario en el que el chico que huye nos cuenta en primera persona todo aquello que lo está empujando hacia direcciones desconocidas. Empujones violentos procedentes de brazos fornidos, corazones rotos y plegarias desatendidas. Un combo de aciertos y fracasos que lanzarían a cualquiera lejos de la palabra hogar.

Spanbauer vuelve a hacerlo. Muchos años después de aquel
Carie L
this is my first spanbauer book. i read a review about it somewhere, maybe the new york times, so i put it on my to-read list a few months ago. i finally got to it about a week ago.

it's hard to put down after "Bless us, O fucking Lord, and these Thy fucking gifts", which happens pretty early on.

even though it's over 500 pages, it's very easy to read due to the dumbed-down vocabulary and lack of punctuation. it got a little holden caufieldy and it does ramble on at times. but it's very honest and
Raül De Tena
Hace no mucho, en cierta conversación, confesaba que sí, que la mayor parte de productos culturales que me han producido un inefable vacío en el estómago tienen la peculiaridad de estar protagonizados por homosexuales. Al fin y al cabo, no podemos dejar las emociones en la mesita de noche cuando nos enfrentamos a determinadas historias... Esto es lo que me ha ocurrido precisamente con el libro de Tom Spanbauer. Pero, ¡ojo!, que un libro te toque de forma tan directa no significa que anule tu cap ...more
João Roque
“Agora ou Nunca”, de Tom Spanbauer é um livro que me veio parar ás mãos por mero acaso. Comprei-o por 5 euros numa Feira do Livro, sem quaisquer referências anteriores sobre o livro ou sobre o autor, que aliás desconhecia. Apenas li a contracapa e pareceu-me interessante.
Apenas há pouco tempo e em conversa com um dos amigos com quem converso sobre livros ele me referiu que tinha sido este livro um dos melhores que ele já tinga lido.
E agora que o li não só o confirmo, como estou pasmado pela pouc
The way Spanbauer writes is almost lyrical, beautiful. His story immediately drew me in from "Parmesan cheese" to the end (he started with Parmesan cheese, what can I say?). It was kind of the classic coming of age, questioning everything type of story, but the unique writing style and narrator's honesty made me glide along with anticipation. I'm not great with the reviews, but I will say that I felt this calm after I finished reading Now Is the Hour and I wanted to meet Rigby John (the main cha ...more
Book Review

‘Now is the Hour’ by Tom Spanbauer

Vintage Books – ISBN – 9780099506959

459 Pages - 7.99

‘Now is the Hour’ by Tom Spanbauer focuses on the life and times of Rigby John Kluesener. It is 1967, and he is going to San Francisco, with flowers in his hair, and the novel looks at the how’s and the why’s of why he is there.

At 459 pages, the novel is a long book, but the energy of the central story, and the way in which it is told does not make it seem like a long read. Rigby is confused, he is H
May 24, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, with the caveat that something might suck about it
I remember I kept complaining about this book while I was reading it but now I don't remember what the problem was. Something about the prose being... cheesy? Repetitive? Predictable? What was it? But now I only have good memories of the book: it totally swept me up and I wanted to read it all the time. That is what I want in a novel. Also, it was hella gay, which is always a plus. I think it probably made me cry.
Young Rigby John Kluesener commences telling his story as he is hitch-hiking on the road from Idaho to San Francisco, and in so doing goes back to the 1950s and his earlier childhood, recounting the events that led to him being on the road.

He had a strict upbringing, a staunch Catholic mother, a distant, unloving father, a wayward sister and brother who did not live out his first year. At school he suffered at the hands of bullies and had few friends. But things changed as he approached his seve
At first, this book was slow going for me, hard to get into. I almost didn't make it past the first 50 pages--it may have been my mood at the time--but I hung in there because of Nicole's soaring review. Then, at some point, maybe after I accepted what I felt was an annoying structural device of slipping back and forth through time (it kind of kills the mystery for me, when I know something about the character from the beginning, as he looks back on the past and retells his story--I'd much rathe ...more
Katie M.
4 stars for the writing. I deeply love Spanbauer's writing, sort of in spite of myself. This time around the prose doesn't quite have the same freshness that it did in The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon: A Novel, but he uses this repetitive phrase technique - coming back to certain lines, or images, or words, over and over throughout the novel - that completely worked for me. It's a different kind of story than The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, but all the big, beautiful, larger-than-l ...more
I. freaking. LOVED. this. book. Loved it like.... two lips against two lips, soft with a kind of suck, tobacco, and the taste of pink.

I loved Spanbauer's writing style, the strong voice he gave to Rigby John Klusener,Grandma Queep, the rural small-town America setting, the color of Billie Cody's nail polish (Midnight in Helsinki),the parmesan cheese, Georgy Girl and red neckties around bald heads, the four slices of roast beef served with Heinz 57 ketchup and mashed potatoes in the green bowl a
I love Tom Spanbauer. I love his writing, the poetry of his voice, the pace and unfolding of his craft. I read this book slowly because I knew from the first pages that I'd be tempted to speed through it only to find myself saddened by its completion. But today, finally, after months of withholding and rationing, I closed the book, took a deep breath and let it sink in. This is a book that is close to my heart. It's a story of self-discovery in Pocatello, Idaho, my hometown. Much of it takes pla ...more
This is one incredible novel. The images and experiences are so vividly rendered, I have trouble sleeping after reading even a chapter. I was blessed to take a three-day intensive workshop with Tom Spanbauer and I suspect some of this insomnia is due to his prose evoking the emotional intensity of that long weekend. Tom's calls the writing training he offers "Dangerous Writing" and he risks a high level of vulnerablity in his work which is what makes reading his prose such an amazing experience. ...more
I think I need to stop reading coming of age stories. The main characters are too melodramatic for my taste.

I read Now is the Hour for the first time my freshman year of college. I remember devouring this book and singing its praises. With my second read through, I found the book a bit tougher to get through and found myself skimming full sections. It's not that it's a bad book, really, it's just not an amazing book either. Spanbauer likes to repeat phrases a lot, especially the line "I love God
Karen Germain
I picked up Tom Spanbauer’s “Now is The Hour” at a Goodreads bookswap in Hollywood. The back cover looked promising and it had praise from other authors that I respect. This book fell flat and was well below my expectations.

I felt more than anything, that the story needed drastic editing. It could have conveyed the same point with about a hundred less pages. Spanbauer uses repetition, with phrases and ideas, as a stylistic choice. It drove me nuts. I bogged down the pace.

It’s a coming of age s
I'm drawn to Tom Spanbauer for many reasons. He favors coming of age stories, wrought with questions of gender and/or sexual identity, religion, and race in small Idaho towns, usually seasoned liberally with music, nature, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs (Now Is the Hour employs the coming-of-age-and-out-of-the-Pocatello,ID-Catholic-farm-closet storyline, with racism directed mostly towards the Native Americans on the adjacent reservation, and sprinkled abundantly with early Vietnam-era radio son ...more
This is an excellent book. Even despite its contrivance and happy ending (which has grown on me these past few days). I'm starting to worry a bit that I relate less to the nihilism that seems to define my generation and more to the nostalgia and sentiment that defines the previous one. It makes me feel old-fashioned and unhip. Perhaps it's just that it's winter and I'm introspective.

ANYWAY, this book is filled with vivid, fully-realized characters, genuinely funny moments (I laughed out loud a
First off, The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon is one of my great loves. In the City of Shy Hunters: i wept and wept. I tried to come up with $2500 tuition when i heard that Tom Spanbauer was going to teach at Esalen. But this book -- Now is the Hour? Sigh. I do think that Mr. Spanbauer may be incapable of writing a bad sentence. But a bunch of good sentences don't always clasp hands and become a great book. I couldn't get over the feeling that i was reading about his not-super-stand-outtish ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Núria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Núria by: Raül
Si hay algo que no perdono nunca a un libro es que me dé la sensación de que estoy perdiendo el tiempo. No soporto estar leyendo un libro y estar todo el rato pensando que podría estar leyendo otra cosa, algo que me llenara más, o si me apuráis algo que me diciera algo. Creo que su principal problema es que es demasiado largo y acaba siendo repetitivo. Hay páginas y páginas describiendo minuciosamente escenas y más escenas indestriables las unas de las otras que no aportan nada: ni hacen que la ...more
I really want to join a book group that talks specifically about Tom Spanbauer's fetishization of Native culture and people. Cause dude, I'm so over it. Lord knows I love his writing but when the Native American character says in this book that the only thing harder than being born Indian is being born queer, I just couldn't anymore.
I am not sure why but this is my third coming out novel in a row. It must be a year for literary novels about the trials and traumas of being gay in contemporary America. The coming out story is quite muted in this novel and instead this novel is positioned more as a coming of age novel. For much of the book the main character has a girlfriend and both are quite puzzled by the lack of sexual experimentation.

More striking is the fact that all three of the novel I have read lately have featured di
Gin Hoffman
One of the loveliest books that I unexpectedly picked up in my bookshop from the "suggested reading" lists. I highly suggest this coming of age story to everyone. It's unexpected and subtle, and yet it hits you like a ton of bricks.
I am always impressed with how frank Tom Spanbauer is in his writing. He doesn't cut the corners when it comes to all the things those rigid Victorians pretended didn't exist about the human body--bowel movements, burps, sex and sweat. I find it really refreshing how wiling he is to build in all these human things into his books. (If you don't like reading about those things, then don't read this book.)

Spanbaeur created some key phrases that were repeated in the story, like a chorus for a song.
I read a lot of mixed reviews about this book. It took me a little while to get into, it got a little repetitive and long winded at times. But then suddenly it opened up and I was flying through it! I feel like the last 100 pages were a huuuuuge drawn out build up to a long-awaited climax, and it was worth the wait! I really enjoyed the ending, too. It wasn't what I'd expected and I like where Spanbauer went with it. I'd like to read more of his books for sure.

While I really liked this book, I p
I read this book on and off over several months. This book is hard for me to talk about because in the middle of reading this book I had to go to Oregon for the funeral of a college friend whom I hadn't seen in years, but whom I still have friends in common, we had once dated and later became friends, but had drifted apart. I was struck that she had been reading this book too at the time of her death.

This book also is hard for me to talk about because it has to do with a difficult gay love stor
Jul 25, 2008 Nathanial rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nathanial by: cousin seedpony boy
Shelves: fiction
half-star each for setting, dialog, character, narrative framing, and multiple-plots; full star for the homo hotness--but no stars for things that shoulda come out in the final edit, like having two of the main characters seriously discuss the MLK and RFK assassinations when the story was set in '67, and when the narrator steps out of the framework of "here i am on the night i run away from home, telling you my life story up to this point" and says some revelation like "but i wouldn't realize th ...more
Rigby John Klusener is a boy growing up in smalltown Idaho during the late 60s who just can't seem to catch a break. His mother is a religious zealot, his father is a tyrannical bigot, his drug-dealing female best friend is pregnant out-of-wedlock, and the only person he truly connects with is a gay, recovering alcoholic, who also happens to be an Indian (or Native American, rather) 18 years his senior. Is it any wonder he's running away from home when we first meet him?

The author's writing styl
Will come back and add my thoughts (more? concise? idk) when I've untangled my feels.

Probably the reason I could never finish reading this book, many abortive tries, was because I was certain the narrator was in for some really convoluted bad shit. And really, he was. But. There's a HFN ending that ties EVERYTHING up. Beautifully. And that, when everything else in the book was going up smoke, really allowed me to push through to the end.

Amazing, important book about growing up gay in a small tow
Neil Mudde
A wonderful book about growing up in Pocatella Idaho, recalling Judy Garland's song about "I was born in a trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatella Idaho" off course the book has little to do with the song it is about a youth growing up there, living on a farm, Tom introduces us to many interesting characters in the book, once I started reading it I had difficulty putting it down, it is funny, sad but above all the author has a great understanding of life and human beings in his life, it is a ...more
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Tom Spanbauer is a novelist and the founder of Dangerous Writing. As a writer he has explored issues of race, of sexual identity, of how we make a family for ourselves in order to surmount the limitations of the families into which we are born.

His published novels are Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, Now Is the Hour, and coming out April 1st 2014
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