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Beast” the protagonist of Book of Changes comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists' model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Coffeetown Press (first published October 10th 2013)
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M.C. Easton
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
A satisfying read. Covering much the same cultural terrain as Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road, The Book of Changes follows a young narrator's coming-of-age in Berkeley. Yet Jack Remick's take on the cultural revolution humanizes familiar material. Beast, the narrator, starts off eager for initiation into the Berkeley scene: the university, the drugs, the "broads", the art. But unlike Kerouac's protagonist who rides from town to town, indifferent to and unaccountable for the consequences of ...more
Jack Remick
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Book of Changes got a sterling review from ForeWord Reviews. Here's the url:
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"Remick’s mastery of the narrative craft infuses a common story line—college kid faces challenges and grows up—with an intimate sense of character and setting. Remick even reveals Beast’s character in the way Beast describes other characters: “She was built like a stevedore and she wore blue and gray plaid shirts.”
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Fran
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Book of Changes: Jack Remick

“The period of European history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West (5th century) to the fall of Constantinople (1453), or, more narrowly, from c. 1100 to 1453,” sets the tone for this uniquely crafted novel dealing with change, awakenings and soul searching. Within many colleges are students who flounder and have no idea what they want to do with their futures and some who begin on one path and take another. With the halls of Berkeley College there are
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Sherry Decker
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jack Remick’s, “Book of Changes” takes place in the early 1970s. ‘Beast’ is a twenty-year-old first year college student. He rides a K-Model, wears black leather and smokes too much. He drinks too much coffee and he thinks about girls too much. He is a very normal guy, typical, except he wants that education. He wants to learn from that deep well of knowledge while his friends are caught up in the parties and the politics of the times. “Hell No, We Won’t Go” is chanted in the streets outside, ...more
Dennis Must
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed THE BOOK OF CHANGES, especially Remick's interweaving of the sacred and profane. It's as if the Middle Ages is the protagonist Beast's riding squeeze on his Harley K-Model. The life-reveling voice in this book had me hooked. Plus it's often damn funny and self deprecating. Wonderful.
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Novelist, poet.
Author of--
Citadel, the novel
Blood
The California Quartet:
The Deification--Book One
Valley Boy--Book Two
The Book of Changes--Book Three
Trio of Lost Souls--Book Four
Gabriela and The Widow (Winner "Best Women's Fiction" Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo; Montaigne Medal Finalist; Book of the Year Award Finalist)
co-author of The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery (with Robert J.
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