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200 Beats Per Minute by Eddie Beverage
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May 14, 11


This is a very specific novel of a very specific time, place and scene: it's a thin but compelling fiction of the mid 1990s rave scene in Orlando, Florida, which was believe it or don't, at the time the epicenter of rave culture on the east coast. The author was there and it shows. Beyond his tight grasp of the details though, what really moves the story is his characters who are all too real, all too human, and you fall in love with them just like that. Also, he writes with an overblown, utopian, but earnest prose that is perfect for his world of candy-ravers, drug addicts, and assorted bleak yet hopeful louts. It's a hard book to find and you can't have mine, but it's a quick read and truly endearing. Not perhaps great literature, but honest and centered in the reality of a very magical time.
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