New York, 1941: Joey El Bueno is just a smart-aleck kid, confounding the nuns and bullies at St. Stephen’s school on East 28th Street when he first meets Jane Bent, a freckle-faced girl with red pigtails and yellow smiley-face barrett ...more
Coming from the guy who wrote the infamous novel, The Exorcist, as well as its uniquely unsettling sequel, Legion, this simple story of a boy who meets a charmingly mysterious young girl and, through his rare and extraordinary encounters with her, falls in love, sounded interesting enough on its own. The fact that Blatty wrote it made me very keen to read it.
Those who haven ...more
This one was a curious find.
Once I learned to skim the run-on sentences really fast, looking for the few funny parts, it started to read a bit quicker. One of those books I "just had to get through" for most of it. It felt forced, but a slight twist at the end made up for some of that.
Now I can say I was crazy for reading it. First, it took me exactly 2 months to read this 188 book - it took me less time to read War and Peace.
Reading it was like having to choke down a spoonful of Castor oil after each page. Blatty take loquacious to a whole new level with this book - with one sentence almost 24 lines long! I found mys ...more
The one good thing I can say about it is that the plot was very interesting.
The problem though is that the story wasn't written very well. I could barely follow what I was reading. Every time I reached a run-on sentence (which was a lot) I had to skim it just to get to the next sentence, therefore missing out on a lot of the book.
Another thing is that it wasn't very memorable - I finished it abo ...more
Sassy humor and gentle nostalgia is the surprisingly effective combination employed by Blatty, master of the horror genre and the author of The Exorcist, in this fond look back at 1940s- era New York. As 80-year-old Joey El Bueno begins his memoirs while a patient at Bellevue Hospital, he introduces his adolescent alter ego, a wisecracking Peruvian-Irish kid with an affinity for driving the staff at St. Stephen’s Grammar School batty. But the nuns aren’t the only ones going a little crazy;
(view spoiler)[ "I got lucky. Columbia Pictures finally bit: they bought my high concept, paid me peanuts to write the treatment and then, liking it, cashews for writing the script, which was made--and so was I because the film made money, BIG money, which meant I could write a few flops in a row and ...more
"Oh, yes, of course. Now, what's the most popular topic these days?"
"We're always up for a bit of nostalgia, sir."
"Brux! What else? What's the demographic on readers? Anyone still reading out there?"
"Ah... that would be those aging Baby Boomers, William. I mean Peter. Mr. Blatty. Sir."
"I got it! Nostalgia. Baby Boomers! A bit of the Time Traveler's Wife thrown in for fun. And I'll eve ...more