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Now Is the Hour Rigby John Klusener is hitchhiking to San Francisco The year is , the town is Pocatello, Idaho Fresh out of high school, Rigby John is leaving behind his bohemian ex girlfriend, his prayerful mother, his distant father, and the hay dust of his harsh farm town Catholic upbringing As he stands by the side of the road desperately waiting for that one ride out, he reflects on the events that brought him there the discovery of love, friendship, literature, and all the small joys that set him free At once a tale of sexual awakening, racial enlightenment, and personal epiphany, Now Is the Hour is the disarming and sweetly winning story of one unforgettable teenager who dares to hope for a different life Absolutely stunning, lyrical, literary masterpiece. Rigby John endures a lot on his family s Idaho farm his mother s mood swings and Catholic obsessions, his father s stoic silences and anger, and the exhausting repetition of labors, occasionally broken by emerging 60s pop songs His self questioning nature, though, helps him find escape, with his girlfriend Billie, and his budding sexuality blossoms with the help of a few farmhands who change his life Spanbauer employs poetic repetition like mantras cigarettes, dinners, hay stacking and dr Rigby John endures a lot on his family s Idaho farm his mother s mood swings and Catholic obsessions, his father s stoic silences and anger, and the exhausting repetition of labors, occasionally broken by emerging 60s pop songs His self questioning nature, though, helps him find escape, with his girlfriend Billie, and his budding sexuality blossoms with the help of a few farmhands who change his life Spanbauer employs poetic repetition like mantras cigarettes, dinners, hay stacking and driving all take on an almost spiritual aspect Several things happen with dramatic and violent results, but the tone of the book is woven into explaining why he s hitchhiking to San Francisco to escape all the pain of rural life Because he s differnt I didn t care for the artistic decision to not use quotation marks for dialogue, but I endured it for the overall beauty of the prose and compelling story Mixed reactions here giving it 3 stars but also stopped reading it with about 200 pages to go The book is described as a teenager on his way to San Francisco but he never does get there He is on the road, thinking back to the events of the last couple years In that respect it it a coming out novel well, okay, but 500 pages of that I wanted to seeprogress in the character,development in life experience When he starts his first affair still at home with a man twice his age, Mixed reactions here giving it 3 stars but also stopped reading it with about 200 pages to go The book is described as a teenager on his way to San Francisco but he never does get there He is on the road, thinking back to the events of the last couple years In that respect it it a coming out novel well, okay, but 500 pages of that I wanted to seeprogress in the character,development in life experience When he starts his first affair still at home with a man twice his age, a damaged man with substance abuse issues, my interest ground to a halt And this memory kept nagging at me, having started this book back in the day, and being so bored when he starts his affair Perhaps a groundbreaking novel in its day, but since surpassed by any number of beautiful little honest YA books covering the same terrain 2.5 stars with the caveat that I never got through it 3 stars for first 300 pages I picked up Tom Spanbauer s Now is The Hour at a Goodreads bookswap in Hollywood The back cover looked promising and it had praise from other authors that I respect This book fell flat and was well below my expectations I feltthan anything, that the story needed drastic editing It could have conveyed the same point with about a hundred less pages Spanbauer uses repetition, with phrases and ideas, as a stylistic choice It drove me nuts I bogged down the pace It s a coming of age s I picked up Tom Spanbauer s Now is The Hour at a Goodreads bookswap in Hollywood The back cover looked promising and it had praise from other authors that I respect This book fell flat and was well below my expectations I feltthan anything, that the story needed drastic editing It could have conveyed the same point with about a hundred less pages Spanbauer uses repetition, with phrases and ideas, as a stylistic choice It drove me nuts I bogged down the pace It s a coming of age story, but after four hundred and fifty nine pages, I still didn t feel like I had a clear idea of the main character Maybe Spanbauer was trying to drive home the point that adolescence is confusing I just felt muddled Most of the characters felt like larger than life caricatures, but it didn t fit, because most of the story was not outlandish The female characters are particularly portrayed this way.I really did not like the ending Without involving spoilers, the main character is involved in a crime It should be shocking and should be a turning point Instead, he just goes about his business, as if this big plot point is not so important or something he should be concerned about It fizzles and is so frustrating I love Tom Spanbauer I love his writing, the poetry of his voice, the pace and unfolding of his craft I read this book slowly because I knew from the first pages that I d be tempted to speed through it only to find myself saddened by its completion But today, finally, after months of withholding and rationing, I closed the book, took a deep breath and let it sink in This is a book that is close to my heart It s a story of self discovery in Pocatello, Idaho, my hometown Much of it takes pla I love Tom Spanbauer I love his writing, the poetry of his voice, the pace and unfolding of his craft I read this book slowly because I knew from the first pages that I d be tempted to speed through it only to find myself saddened by its completion But today, finally, after months of withholding and rationing, I closed the book, took a deep breath and let it sink in This is a book that is close to my heart It s a story of self discovery in Pocatello, Idaho, my hometown Much of it takes place in locations I am intimately familiar with Despite my knowledge of the town and the people and the way of life in that small corner of the world, it is accessible to everyone It s about growth and struggle, magic, poetry and above all else, love Spanbauer s voice, written as his protagonist, Rigby John Kluesner, is poetic and straightforward, beautiful and elegant His description of Idaho and its people is remarkably accurate and painfully truthful This is a story of hope and salvation against all odds A true coming of age tale that should not be missed If you enjoyed THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON, NOW IS THE HOUR will take you to new heights Do not turn your back on this book I am always impressed with how frank Tom Spanbauer is in his writing He doesn t cut the corners when it comes to all the things those rigid Victorians pretended didn t exist about the human body bowel movements, burps, sex and sweat I find it really refreshing how wiling he is to build in all these human things into his books If you don t like reading about those things, then don t read this book Spanbaeur created some key phrases that were repeated in the story, like a chorus for a song I am always impressed with how frank Tom Spanbauer is in his writing He doesn t cut the corners when it comes to all the things those rigid Victorians pretended didn t exist about the human body bowel movements, burps, sex and sweat I find it really refreshing how wiling he is to build in all these human things into his books If you don t like reading about those things, then don t read this book Spanbaeur created some key phrases that were repeated in the story, like a chorus for a song I found it charming and understood the lyricism of it, but I also found myself skipping these repeated phrases and paragraphs You can breeze through the story muchquickly that way Over all, solid work, Tom The way Spanbauer writes is almost lyrical, beautiful His story immediately drew me in from Parmesan cheese to the end he started with Parmesan cheese, what can I say It was kind of the classic coming of age, questioning everything type of story, but the unique writing style and narrator s honesty made me glide along with anticipation I m not great with the reviews, but I will say that I felt this calm after I finished reading Now Is the Hour and I wanted to meet Rigby John the main cha The way Spanbauer writes is almost lyrical, beautiful His story immediately drew me in from Parmesan cheese to the end he started with Parmesan cheese, what can I say It was kind of the classic coming of age, questioning everything type of story, but the unique writing style and narrator s honesty made me glide along with anticipation I m not great with the reviews, but I will say that I felt this calm after I finished reading Now Is the Hour and I wanted to meet Rigby John the main character as an older man to find out what happened in the next chapter of his life Original review August 31, 2009 I m not going to lie, this book took a solid 100 pages to really get into But once I was in, I was IN All the way I cried to have to turn the last page It s like a cross between Steinbeck and Kerouac with some SE Hinton thrown in for good measure, a YA version of East of Eden.The setting rural Idaho in the late 1960s seemed pitch perfect, the character was believable and engaging once we got over our initial hump , and the emotional development was well d Original review August 31, 2009 I m not going to lie, this book took a solid 100 pages to really get into But once I was in, I was IN All the way I cried to have to turn the last page It s like a cross between Steinbeck and Kerouac with some SE Hinton thrown in for good measure, a YA version of East of Eden.The setting rural Idaho in the late 1960s seemed pitch perfect, the character was believable and engaging once we got over our initial hump , and the emotional development was well done I m always a sucker for a Bildungsroman Rigby s relationships are the heart of the book with Billie, with George, with his mother The ending is a little to happily ever after for real life, but by then I loved the characters so much that I would have been heartbroken had it turned out any other way.A book well worth the effort, I think Unless you take issue with male genitalia C ck and balls are two essential and oft described supporting characters Reread review August 1 2011 I didn t remember all the details of the story, but I did remember very clearly how emotionally invested I was So when I set out to reread Now is the Hour I was disappointed at first I remember crying over the ending the first time around and yet couldn t seem to relate to any of the characters Until.Until George Serano makes his real appearance in the book, technically his third appearance when he comes to work the farm What I realize now is not that I loved the book, though it was well stylized and coherently written, that I loved so much as the relationship between Rigby and George I love Rigby and George And Grannie Queep The last 100 pages of the book are far and away the best part From now on, when I might just stick to rereading those last pages when I get a hankering for complicated relationships


About the Author: Tom Spanbauer

Tom Spanbauer is a novelist and the founder of Dangerous Writing As a writer he has explored issues of race, of sexual identity, of how we make a family for ourselves in order to surmount the limitations of the families into which we are born.His published novels are Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, Now Is the Hour, and coming out April 1st 2014 from Hawthorne Press I LOVED YOU MORE, are notable for their combination of a fresh and lyrical prose style with solid storytelling.As a teacher his innovative approach combines close attention to language with a large hearted openness to what he calls the sore place that place within each of us that is the source for stories that no one else can tell His introductory workshop is an underground legend among emerging writers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond The community of writers that has formed around him is dedicated to the proposition that Fiction is the lie that tells the truth truer Tom lives, writes, and teaches in Portland Oregon Tom Spanbauer 2007, October 16 From Used with permission from the author.


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