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Quentin R. Bufogle
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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (17 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607035235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607035237
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,134,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will make you laugh out loud! 15 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
"In the Sargasso Sea there is no wind. Many, many years ago, when ships travel by sail, they would sometimes get stuck here. For weeks and weeks they would sometimes drift, waiting for the wind to come. The sailors called this 'The Horse Latitudes'."
Chester Sprockett receives this definition of the Horse Latitudes from the owner of a little coffee shop after he explains he has writers' block. In fact most of Chester's life has become stuck, he feels he is always waiting for something... Once a high school football star, now he is unemployed, has split up with his girlfriend and his dream of writing a bestselling novel seems unreachable as he is suffering from writers' block.
'Horse Latitudes' is almost like a book of short stories; each chapter describes a significant event in Chester Sprockett's life. The stories are like different parts of a jigsaw puzzle that make up the whole book.
Chester is in his mid-thirties living alone in the house he was born in. He lives with regrets of what could have been - holding on to the past - wishing he had been braver and told Beth how he felt about her way back then in high school; wishing he had not let the chance of a football scholarship slip through his hands...
Chester's father had run up debts on credit cards and after he died there is a threat that Chester could be forced to sell the house the pay off the debts. He tries to find work and is disillusioned when he joins a firm of salesmen, knowing that his real dream is to write the bestseller.
His late father visits him one day when Chester is suffering from fever; his visit helps Chester realise that he needs to be liberated from everything that is holding him back from following his dream...liberated from the Horse Latitudes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 6 Jan 2009
By Sparrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here is a book that should come with a WARNING on the cover "May be difficult to put down". Reason being that when I sat down to read this novel with a full cup of coffee, 45 minutes passed before I realized I now had a cold cup of coffee . Very well put together , I had to re-read many pages twice because I was reading too fast as I was anxious to find out what happened next . Mr Bufogle has a way with writing that I've never seen or read before , right to the point with no dragged out chapters as many authors do to add more pages .I would love to see a movie on Horse Latitudes to see who would play who , mainly Chester. H L is a book everyone can relate to at one point or another in life. Now the "cons" The cover didn't really fit the book at all , I guess you were trying to prove the old saying "you can't judge a book by its cover". A+ , 5 stars and 2 thumbs up , hope to see more of your work .
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next Hollywood blockbuster?? It should be! 15 Jan 2009
By Maria Savva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"In the Sargasso Sea there is no wind. Many, many years ago, when ships travel by sail, they would sometimes get stuck here. For weeks and weeks they would sometimes drift, waiting for the wind to come. The sailors called this 'The Horse Latitudes'."
Chester Sprockett receives this definition of the Horse Latitudes from the owner of a little coffee shop after he explains he has writers' block. In fact most of Chester's life has become stuck, he feels he is always waiting for something... Once a high school football star, now he is unemployed, has split up with his girlfriend and his dream of writing a bestselling novel seems unreachable as he is suffering from writers' block.
'Horse Latitudes' is almost like a book of short stories; each chapter describes a significant event in Chester Sprockett's life. The stories are like different parts of a jigsaw puzzle that make up the whole book.
Chester is in his mid-thirties living alone in the house he was born in. He lives with regrets of what could have been - holding on to the past - wishing he had been braver and told Beth how he felt about her way back then in high school; wishing he had not let the chance of a football scholarship slip through his hands...
Chester's father had run up debts on credit cards and after he died there is a threat that Chester could be forced to sell the house the pay off the debts. He tries to find work and is disillusioned when he joins a firm of salesmen, knowing that his real dream is to write the bestseller.
His late father visits him one day when Chester is suffering from fever; his visit helps Chester realise that he needs to be liberated from everything that is holding him back from following his dream...liberated from the Horse Latitudes.
This book is full of hilarious and insightful observations. It was a joy to read and I would recommend it to everyone!! As I was reading it, I thought it would be excellent if this book was made into a film, it definitely has a 'Hollywood' feeling about it. It will make you laugh out loud. One example is when Chester is looking at Beth: "She was just standing there in her bikini holding the ice cream... In fifty years she'd be old and wrinkled. In a hundred fertilizer. It didn't matter." There's plenty more laughs where that came from. Do yourself a favour and buy 'Horse Latitudes'. It's a tonic we all need in the credit crunch era!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star because I had to 15 Jan 2009
By GC - Published on Amazon.com
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The book to me was just another below average Middle Age Crisis story. The pretentious main character blames everyone but himself for his situation in life. Holding on to the idea that he is better then the average person, and learning nothing of humility and humanity. The book was billed as darkly funny, but came off as a sad look at a life that was wasted in self pity.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars horse latitudes 8 Dec 2008
By town boy - Published on Amazon.com
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I F*****G LOVED IT!!! Read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. A real page-turner. Not a dull spot in the entire book. Made me laugh out loud. The perfect book for these troubled times!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Chester! 16 April 2011
By Darcia Helle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved Chester! This is his story and he kept me entertained throughout. In between the humorous quips and anecdotes, this story holds nuggets of insight.

Scenes from Chester's past, from childhood to early adulthood, are woven in and around his present day situation. We see the good and the bad of all that shaped him into the man he became. The writing is crisp. The characters a fun, motley assortment. A great book to escape into for any reason.
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