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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Brindle and Glass Publishing, Ltd (10 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897142099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897142097
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,333,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Dupre has deserted a perfectly satisfying life as a student in Toronto. His best friend is Tom Parker, an ex-GI turned righteous drug dealer. When John, Tom, and the militant feminist and Situationist Pam Zalman seize control of an underground newspaper and are put on the Weatherman hit list, there's really no place to hide.

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Nothing by Maillard is bad, but some of his novels stand out as exceptional, and Looking Good is one of them. Its take on the drugs/counter-culture, earlier feminist, unusual sexual orientation world cannot be bettered. It's a ghastly world, but Maillard describes it with care and emotion, with well delineated characters, as he always does. But be sure to read the first three books in the quartet first, or you may be a little adrift with this.
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revolution and paranoia 19 Nov. 2006
By Arnold Kling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is remarkable how each of the books in the series on Dupre fits its time period. "Running" has the amphetamine optimism and limited awareness of the mid-1950's. "Morgantown" has the naive, hopeful rebellion of the beatnik era. "Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes" has the depression and sense of betrayal brought about by the blunder into Vietnam. And "Looking Good" recalls the desperation and paranoia that set in among the radicals after Nixon was elected President.

"Looking Good" is the most intense and powerful of the books in the series. Maillard offers some vivid, searing episodes, such as John Dupre's breakdown that results from a bad LSD experience.

This novel focuses on some aspects of the 1960's that a lot of people would rather forget. I was in high school and college during the time that "Looking Good" takes place, and I observed struggles similar to those that are described in this novel. Indeed, it was not all flower children and innocence and joy.

Forget everyone's warm fuzzy mental images of the 60's. If a film maker wanted to really capture what the period felt like, the screenplay should be based on Maillard's work.
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you are there 28 Nov. 2006
By Gordon Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not much happens here, other than intense grappling with life in the late 60's. The whole way I was drawn in completely. I didn't live this life, and I don't want to (well, not all of it at any rate). But it was fascinating to be in this world for as long as the story went on.
Be prepared for a wild ride 12 Oct. 2006
By David Dodd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maillard's final volume in this quartet, "Difficulty at the Beginning," takes the reader into the radical underground of Boston in the months leading up to the Cambodian invasion by the US. Over the course of the novel, Maillard follows the protagonist of the three previous volumes, John Dupre, who has returned to Boston incognito from Canada, where he had gone to escape the draft. Dupre, under an assumed name, and in constant fear of arrest, writes for an underground paper and participates in the campus activism of the time.

Mailllard is clearly well-versed in the factionalizing of the time among the various anti-war groups, and if nothing else, this could be an excellent introduction to the complexities and splinterings of that time's organizing efforts. But it is much more.

Maillard explores the sexual ambiguities of his main characters, delves into the drug scene and its underground of dealers, and explores the interface between the nascent women's liberation movement and the anti-war movement. The book becomes a panorama of the late 1960s, and, taken with the other three volumes, comprises an overview of the decade unlike anything written so far.

Please, would some American publisher bring this quartet out to the audience it deserves in the USA?
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