Meet David Justin, an Italian-Catholic, height-challenged youth, desperately trying to escape the bonds of sexual repression and adolescent innocence that hold him captive…in the 60s. The journey of enlightenment is both laugh-aloud funny and gut-wrenchingly emotional, as David discovers that coming-of-age is more than just a five-minute roll in the hay culminating in a thirty-second celebratory shower.
The audiobook is filled with universal characters and rip-roaring adventures, including a hilarious spring break trip to Key West, Florida, involving a gay artist, goats, fleas, and…well, you get the picture. Anyone who's old enough to remember the Age of Aquarius, drive-in movies, and network TV should appreciate, no, make that "dig" Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening.
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Too Close for Comfort...
Escaping Innocence brought back vivid memories of my youth...embarrassment, shame, guilt, lust, as well as some of the greatest times of my life. The events depicted in this tale of coming-of-age in the sixties were universal, and I'm sure anyone of that era would easily relate to them. Mr. Kohler's narration sparkled with an energy reminiscent of Jean Sheppard, one of the great storytellers of all time (A Christmas Story). His excellent voice talent added greatly to this already wonderful story. I highly recommend this to all baby boomers!
I think the section of the book that most touched me was the relationship between the main character, David Justin, and his black college classmates.
The scene in Captain Tony's bar.
Laugh, laugh, laugh! Also, highly emotion was a scene involving 'Nam.
Looking forward to more from this talented author.