Home   Search Reviews   All Reviews   Submit an Review Random Review   Contact Us
  Wed Apr 14th,2021 10:50 am Welcome Guest, Please LOGIN to your account or SIGNUP now
  Search Reviews
 
Keyword
Exact phrase
All words (AND)
Any word (OR)
 
 
  Categories
  Biography
  Business
  Children
  Comics/Humor
  Computers
  Cooking
  Dystopian Fiction
  Entertainment
  Fantasy
  Fiction
  Health
  Historical Fiction
  History
  Hobbies and Crafts
  Humor/Satire
  Interviews
  Law
  LGBT
  Literary Fiction
  Literature
 
  Authors
  Nancy Eaton
  Feathered Quill...
  Lisa Brown-Gilbert
  Teri Davis
  Timea Barabas
  Douglas R. Cobb
  Dianne Woodman
  Suzanne Odom
More Authors List 
 
  Subscribe Reviews
 
Email Address
Subscribe
Unsubscribe
 
 
  Our Sponsors
 
120x90 Banner


button
 
   
 
 Review
 When Life Was Like a Cucumber

When Life Was like a Cucumber

By: Greg Wyss
Publisher: Page Publishing
Publication Date: February 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64462-166-0
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: July 2020

This review has to begin this way because, quite frankly, people who were born after the psychedelic decade that was the 60’s are really going to be mad at their parents after reading this book. Tis’ true, readers. I had the 80’s to grow up in. You know...Reagan, heavy metal, hair bands, and that silly New Coke—a brand trying to take a classic and make it better just to have it bomb with consumers. In other words, boring. After reading this stellar book, all I wanted was a time machine to go back and be born again so I could call ‘The Sixties’ my home. 

We begin here with author Greg Wyss at a point when the calendar reads 1972. Jeffrey Hesse is a character who will appeal to all. He has just gotten a divorce from his wife Jane – who has quite the energy and anger within – and is about to go on a mission. He wants to take one of those journeys to explore his life, his choices, and go on a “trip” of both mind and body. (Enter the acid.) 

Through Jeffrey’s eyes, readers like me—who only learn about events that plagued The Sixties during a history class—are able to frolic in the colorful culture of the United States, fear the war in Vietnam, see the violence-charged protests on the streets (which, unfortunately, have not been erased in the 21st Century), and so much more. Everything comes alive in this tale, and no illicit substance is needed for the reader to have a ball.

This is a character who jumps into some pretty bizarre situations; a great many of them will make you laugh, and with those laughs you’ll learn the lesson there is to be learned. But this is never preachy. This young man is a whole lot of fun as his travels take him from Massachusetts to Florida to a plane ride where Jesus sits beside him all the way to Luxembourg – a part of the book that will keep you absolutely memorized!

From America to Europe, this great man “finds himself” once again as life changes all around him. We head to Switzerland where he spends time learning about his ancestral home in Amsterdam. We tag along with him to the island of Crete during the summertime, where he meets up with a Renaissance man – and does all this with the help of Isadora Duncan who wears her very own halo, so to speak. Just by reading and laughing at his thoughts and words, which are extremely clever, the author creates such a vivid picture of this decade that I almost feel like I didn’t miss out on anything; like I was really there during the Woodstock years.

Greg Wyss has, hands down, created an engrossing, intriguing tale so detailed and, for lack of a better word, beautiful, that it almost rivals the art of Michelangelo, himself.

Quill says: No matter if you are a flower child or not, you will love this charming “trip”!

For more information on When Life Was like a Cucumber, please visit the author's website at: www.gregwyss.com

 

Category Biography Author Feathered Quill Book Reviews
Click Here to add this article to your favorite list. Add To Favorites Click Here to print this article. Print This Review
Click Here to email this article to someone you think will like it. Email Review To A Friend Click Here to post some comments for this article. Post Comments
 
Rate This Review (1)
Added On Thu Jul 16th,2020 
 
 
  Login Here
 
Username
Password
Signup Now
Forgot password
 
 
  Top Rated
 
Interview with...
On the Corner: A...
Interview with...
When Life Was Like...
 
 
  Most Popular
 
On the Corner: A...
Shackled
The Possibilities...
Ghosted
Shackled
Chanting the...
 
 
  Editor's Pick
 
Tracks: A Curious...
 
 
  Sponsor
 
 
   
 
   
 HOME | LOGIN | SIGNUP
SUBMIT AN REVIEW | SEARCH REVIEWS | ALL REVIEWS
TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY POLICY | LEGAL POLICY | CONTACT US
  Powered by SoftbizScripts