- Tapa blanda: 330 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub; Edición: 1 (16 de febrero de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1523218002
- ISBN-13: 978-1523218004
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Some Way Outa Here: A Personal Story of a Time That Transformed America (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 16 feb 2016
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As the 1960s end, the country is torn by war and dissent. A shy teenage boy and two remarkable girls set out to change the world – and each other. Their triumphs and frustrations mirror those of a generation that dared to dream. They discover that sometimes you have to get lost before you can be found. This joyful and inspiring coming-of-age odyssey captures the color and romance of a tumultuous year that shaped modern America. If you were there, this story will rekindle long-forgotten memories. If you weren't, you'll be amazed at the passion and chaos of a time when young people challenged their parents, their schools and their country.
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Mark Lauden is a storyteller who is equally at home writing about the recent American experience or looking into the future. He is fascinated by the evolving connections between our personal, political and technological lives. Mark is also an architect and technologist who lives in San Francisco.
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While Lauden’s perhaps unintended implication that the book will change our lives forever is far fetched, the books opening does evoke the sensation of inspired, mind-blowing, world-shaping possibility that blossomed in the hearts and minds of many of the young people who came of age in America in the 1960s. And while the book may not be life-changing, its portrait of a young man is both intimate and fully engaged with the events of that turbulent year in the history of the United States, between the summer of 1969 and the summer of 1970.
In Some Way Outa Here Lauden tells a story of young love, long hair, joints and LSD, frustration, protest, arrest, mental breakdown and discovery that rings true in its presentation of events both personal and political. The narrative is grounded both the mundane day to day life of a teenager in his senior year of high school asking his mom to borrow the car, and in the more dramatic events that filled the evening news of the time, the shooting deaths at the hands of the National Guard of four students at Kent State, anti-war protests, the breaking up of the Beatles, the first Earth Day.
The intimacy mentioned above is an awkward teen-age tenderness, that may have gone the way of the rotary dial telephone in this current age of swipe right hook-ups and addiction to prescription drugs, but the tenderness feels authentic. And the books engagement with history is up close and personal, as a result of Lauden’s obsession with current events as a young man. Reading the book serves as a reminder of how sophisticated our cynicism has become, not only in the world of personal relationships, but in the wider political landscape, where the Supreme Court treats now corporations as people.
One device that Lauden uses with great success is the naming chapters with references to titles and lyrics of songs that were iconic to the period. This same device is used in naming the book, with its reference to Bob Dylan’s “All along the Watchtower” , reminding the reader time and again of the powerful social agenda embodied in the music of the period.
Another paradox of this personal history is the way in which it reminds us both of how far we cave come in our awareness the rights of women, gays, minorities and the disabled, it also makes clear how much farther we have to go to create a world without war, and characterized by justice.
Like Mark, I was a child of the 60s. To say it was an interesting time to be alive would be a gross understatement. I saw a lot of parallels between Mark's life and my own with one important, glaring exception. As a soon to be adult, Mark was much more engaged in the world around him than I ever was even though he grew up in a small suburban town in PA and I came of age in Boston. I am in awe of his having such deep convictions at such a young age and having the courage to suffer the consequences of his convictions. Even though I lived through these times I didn't experience them the way Mark did and so I am grateful to get a chance to see that world through his eyes, if only briefly.
Mark really captured the essence of that period and the joys and sorrows of being a teenager and all that goes with it. As coming of age stories go this surely has to be one of the better ones, especially for boomers like me who lived through it without living in it. Also, there is a message here for the genXers and millennials who now, more than ever, need to step up and get involved in the future of our country.