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Rigby John Klusener is hitchhiking to San Francisco The year is 1967, 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 refleRigby John Klusener is hitchhiking to San Francisco The year is 1967, 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.
this is my first spanbauer book. i read a review about it somewhere, maybe the new york times, so i put it on my to-read list a few months ago. i finally got to it about a week ago's hard to put down after "Bless us, O fucking Lord, and these Thy fucking gifts", which happens pretty early on.even though it's over 500 pages, it's very easy to read due to the dumbed-down vocabulary and lack of punctuation. it got a little holden caufieldy and it does ramble on at times. but it's very honest and th [...]
"Different"- dirían los Klusener, huir del aparente calor de hogar, de lo que te inculcan de pequeño y te ciega y durante la huida topar con muros insalvables. Ahora es el momento de doblegar nuestro miedo, ahora es el momento de respirar. Un Bildungsroman que empieza en aguas apacibles, las de la inocenccia de la infancia y que se vuelve tumultuoso por la propia exposición a la vida. La del protagonista, la de todos.Supongo que lo desarrollaré más en el blog, llevo un rato dándole vueltas [...]
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 [...]
Redactas una historia más de coming of age (o bildungsroman para los culturosos) porque total, ocho millones de historias de coming of age no son ya demasiadas.Escribes a base de frases cortas porque no quieres que el lector se canseRepites sin parar un puñado de diez o doce coletillas porque tampoco tú quieres cansarte a inventar.Tu personaje principal tiene tanta personalidad como una coliflorInundas el libro de pasajes superfluos, por puro amor al relleno. La mitad, por descontado, son des [...]
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 [...]
Hace no mucho, en cierta conversación, confesaba que sí, que la mayor parte de productos culturales que me han producido un inefable vacío en el estómago tienen la peculiaridad de estar protagonizados por homosexuales. Al fin y al cabo, no podemos dejar las emociones en la mesita de noche cuando nos enfrentamos a determinadas historias Esto es lo que me ha ocurrido precisamente con el libro de Tom Spanbauer. Pero, ¡ojo!, que un libro te toque de forma tan directa no significa que anule tu c [...]
Si hay algo que no perdono nunca a un libro es que me dé la sensación de que estoy perdiendo el tiempo. No soporto estar leyendo un libro y estar todo el rato pensando que podría estar leyendo otra cosa, algo que me llenara más, o si me apuráis algo que me diciera algo. Creo que su principal problema es que es demasiado largo y acaba siendo repetitivo. Hay páginas y páginas describiendo minuciosamente escenas y más escenas indestriables las unas de las otras que no aportan nada: ni hacen [...]
Tom Spanbauer ha sido mi descubrimiento del año. Así, tal cual. Fan absoluta de Chuck Palahniuk (aunque tengo que reconocer que a partir de Condenada ha empezado a aburrirme un poco), he intentado varias veces leer a sus maestros. Y digo intentado, porque no he podido con ellos. Me faltaba darle una oportunidad a Spanbauer, pero las malas experiencias previas y que la sinopsis no me llamaba mucho, hicieron que este libro se mantuviese en mi montón de pendientes durante bastante tiempo. Hasta [...]
Esta novela es una oda a la huida. Al hecho de perderse lejos de donde uno puede ser fácilmente encontrado. Un absoluto festival literario en el que el chico que huye nos cuenta en primera persona todo aquello que lo está empujando hacia direcciones desconocidas. Empujones violentos procedentes de brazos fornidos, corazones rotos y plegarias desatendidas. Un combo de aciertos y fracasos que lanzarían a cualquiera lejos de la palabra hogar.Spanbauer vuelve a hacerlo. Muchos años después de a [...]
“Agora ou Nunca”, de Tom Spanbauer é um livro que me veio parar ás mãos por mero acaso. Comprei-o por 5 euros numa Feira do Livro, sem quaisquer referências anteriores sobre o livro ou sobre o autor, que aliás desconhecia. Apenas li a contracapa e pareceu-me interessante.Apenas há pouco tempo e em conversa com um dos amigos com quem converso sobre livros ele me referiu que tinha sido este livro um dos melhores que ele já tinga lido.E agora que o li não só o confirmo, como estou pasm [...]
Absolutely stunning, lyrical, literary masterpiece.
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 picked up Tom Spanbauer’s “Now is The Hour” at a 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 felt more than 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 st [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
I remember I kept complaining about this book while I was reading it but now I don't remember what the problem was. Something about the prose being cheesy? Repetitive? Predictable? What was it? But now I only have good memories of the book: it totally swept me up and I wanted to read it all the time. That is what I want in a novel. Also, it was hella gay, which is always a plus. I think it probably made me cry.
Honestly I have no coherent words or thoughts right now but I'm emotionally compromised and not okay in any way shape or form. I may write a proper review here later but for now I'm gonna try and cope with the emotional trauma I've just been through.(Bert, I'm looking at you and blaming you for ever introducing me to Tom fucking Spanbauer).
One of the loveliest books that I unexpectedly picked up in my bookshop from the "suggested reading" lists. I highly suggest this coming of age story to everyone. It's unexpected and subtle, and yet it hits you like a ton of bricks.
this book dug my grave then killed me & put me in it
Ahora es el momento podria ser l'adolescència de qualsevol. L'època en la qual el teu estat d'ànim passa d'un extrem a l'altre en qüestió de segons, que sents que no encaixes, el distanciament amb la família, la necessitat de fugir, el moment de començar a descobrir qui ets, a vegades amb por. La novel·la és un viatge apassionant per uns mesos decisius de la vida d'en Rigby John Klusener, un noi de 17 anys que és fill d'una família exageradament religiosa i que està a punt de descobr [...]
So I was reading an interview with Chuck Palahniuk recently. In it he mentioned how he learned minimalist writing from Spanbauer. I thought, "Well, there's a writer I'd like to check out."So I did. I had my doubts, though, as I hefted the 450-page volume in the library. Minimalist, eh? We'll see about that.Immediately, and I do mean immediately, I was sucked in, his writing is that good. Sharp, precise. Nothing is wasted. Repetition for emphasis. Characters that step off the page, sit down, shar [...]
I'd give the book 4.5 stars instead of 4 if I could. "Now is the Hour" read like milk chocolate melting in my mouth, just like "The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon." Gay Idaho. Rural gay. Scintillatingly gorgeous. Loved it!
Book Review‘Now is the Hour’ by Tom SpanbauerVintage Books – ISBN – 9780099506959459 Pages - £7.99‘Now is the Hour’ by Tom Spanbauer focuses on the life and times of Rigby John Kluesener. It is 1967, and he is going to San Francisco, with flowers in his hair, and the novel looks at the how’s and the why’s of why he is there.At 459 pages, the novel is a long book, but the energy of the central story, and the way in which it is told does not make it seem like a long read. Rigby is [...]
Pocatello, Idaho a place much better to be from than to be. According to Tom Spanbauer's 2006 novel Now Is the Hour, anyway:We blessed our roast beef, the canned peas, the mashed spuds, the Wonder Bread, with the same old prayer that came out of us like bad breath from a sick dog, then made the sign of the cross again.—p.14Pocatello probably really wasn't the best place to grow up, back in the 1950s and 1960s, at least for anyone who was, as Rigby John Klusener would say, a little "differnt."E [...]
I'm drawn to Tom Spanbauer for many reasons. He favors coming of age stories, wrought with questions of gender and/or sexual identity, religion, and race in small Idaho towns, usually seasoned liberally with music, nature, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs (Now Is the Hour employs the coming-of-age-and-out-of-the-Pocatello,ID-Catholic-farm-closet storyline, with racism directed mostly towards the Native Americans on the adjacent reservation, and sprinkled abundantly with early Vietnam-era radio son [...]
I think I need to stop reading coming of age stories. The main characters are too melodramatic for my taste.I read Now is the Hour for the first time my freshman year of college. I remember devouring this book and singing its praises. With my second read through, I found the book a bit tougher to get through and found myself skimming full sections. It's not that it's a bad book, really, it's just not an amazing book either. Spanbauer likes to repeat phrases a lot, especially the line "I love God [...]
Review initially published on my blog, Writing by Numbers,here.Now is the Hour is the tough, heartfelt prayer of Rigby John Klusener, iconic American teenager. He’s by turns scared and rebellious, crammed with feelings, angry and apathetic and hopeful and earnest. Knowing there’s something bigger out there. Wanting and fearing the world at once.Set in the sixties in rural Idaho, this coming-of-age novel takes time to get into. It’s a rhythmic readjustment, slowing down the pace of life and [...]
I have read all Tom Spanbauer's book and this was my last to finish (I'm sad that I don't have more to devour). There's an honesty in Spanbauer's writing that stays with you long after you finish his books. 'Now is the hour,' was like his other books: a man exploring his sexuality, roots founded in Idaho and western religion, a drawn-out and build-up of characterS that promise a smooth finish, and a profound look at love and loss. Compared to his other novels, this book has the most clean and si [...]