Larry Bancroft's daddy dies, leaving him a national pie company, which he leaves, taking only his beloved Porsche, five...

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AMERICAN ATLAS

Larry Bancroft's daddy dies, leaving him a national pie company, which he leaves, taking only his beloved Porsche, five thousand buckaroos and a pleasantly dumb blond waitress named Mary Lou. From Michigan they make their way west, stopping at the various counter-cultural oases in Aspen, Tucson, San Francisco, London, along which way Larry loses the gift as well as the wife he had left behind and, to a certain extent, his marbles. What he really wanted was to be a poet, only -- unfortunate thirty-one year-old that he is -- he was born with too much moolah. That's the breaks. Despite the intensity of underlying cliches, this is rather surprisingly a decent enough book -- interesting, unsuperficial, with an easygoing prose that mixes past and present in a felicitous melange that avoids the easy laughs and rarely borders on cuteness. At the end of the road, perhaps profoundly, is Momma: is this what the American Dream is all about

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 1973

ISBN: 087013681X

Page Count: -

Publisher: Prentice-Hall

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973