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The Beauregarde Affair [Paperback]

Brian M. Talgo
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9 Dec 2011
~Growing upside down in the Nineteen-Seventies~ A slice of life from a time gone by, a story of youthful folly, of stumbling cluelessly into the gaping maw of the age of Aquarius and living to tell the tail. Um, tale. **** A transplanted Yankee longhair living in nineteen-seventy-something Atlanta, young Mr. T finds himself wrestling with naked commie roommates, toothless rednecks, flatulent dogs, .357 Magnum-toting silversmiths, Indian fox-spirits, conniving neighbors, hot Swedish blondes, rubber ape masks, freak snowstorms and basically the world at large. Mr. T and his wastrel buddies inhabit a dilapidated Tudor on Morningside Drive, the best side of town. Blots on the landscape, they go about their idle hipster ways with slacker abandon. But there’s change in the wind and Beauregarde, a hognose snake with appetite issues, is headed their way. Beauregarde’s entrée into the wayward household heralds the impending collapse of the collective as well as the beginning of the end of a wild and crazy decade. For Mr. T it’s all turning into one big fat nasty hassle, a hassle that he is haplessly doing his best to avoid. Surrounded by the lunacy of his so-called friends, foes, neighbors and a Noah’s Ark of incarcerated animals, he’ll be lucky just to make it through the month. Reading like a post-pubescent stateside Adrian Mole on shrooms, this is a ribald tale of hipster youth in 1970’s America, the way it really went down.

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: PfoxChase (9 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936827727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936827725
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,488,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the Deep South in 1954, Brian M. Talgo later spent his formative years in Westchester County, a northern suburb of New York City. Despite his new Yankee status, he returned to the South (Atlanta, Georgia) after high school, where he idled away a large part of the 70's.

Wandering restlessly about the US for several years, working mainly as a carpenter and stonemason, he eventually found his inner Viking and relocated to Norway in 1981 after foolishly vowing to leave the country if a certain third rate movie actor became president. After many years abroad he has grown comfortable with his expat status.

The proverbial jack of all trades, Mr. Talgo eventually studied and nailed down a degree in ecology (University of Oslo) but shortly thereafter found himself wandering again, this time down the path of information technology. He currently works as an IT engineer at the University of Oslo, Blindern, while gazing longingly out over the fjords, waiting for his longship to come in. In the meanwhile he writes, paints and makes artsy-fartsy photos to fill in the time.

The author presently lives in Oslo together with his wife, son, two cats and a seven-foot avocado tree. A daughter has wisely flown the coop. The Beauregarde Affair is his first major foray into the world of literature.

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About the Author

Brian M. Talgo is an expat American living for the last thirty years in Europe, mainly in Norway, as the proverbial jack of all trades, master of one (Plant ecology). Concerning his artwork, Mr. Talgo has had both private and group shows in America and Europe. Fantasy and landscapes tend to be central themes of his work, with a love of trees and nature reflecting his interest and education in biology. Although he has worked in a variety of mediums, he invariably returns to his two favorites, watercolor and pen & ink. When not otherwise occupied, Talgo can often be found haunting the early morning hours pecking away at his PC keyboard, producing unpublished epic manuscripts. These feature, among other things, incarcerated hognose snakes, the mythical perfect pilsner and not-so-Abominable Snowmen. He is also an avid amateur photographer. Mr. Talgo presently lives in Oslo together with his wife, son and avocado tree, with frequent visits from the downstairs cat, Car Keys. His lovely daughter, an accomplished illustrator and author, has flown the coup.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous story told by a natural raconteur 27 Mar 2012
The Beauregarde Affair is a tale told by a natural raconteur. I would love to hear this serialised on radio, or done as an audio book read by the author. Memoirs in themselves can often be self-indulgent and fall foul of the "oh well, you'd understand if you'd been there" realm, but what Talgo has done here is to fictionalise the memoir slightly - and to do so with such a strong and compelling Voice that it's surely impossible not to be drawn into this world of stoned misfits - and so, with the edges of Reality tinged with imagined romanticism and the tidying up of events, the whole thing comes together as the most wonderful story, polished and with witty afterthought and honed to perfection. What bits are true, what bits invented, who knows - but one thing for certain it's a moreish tale of witty hedonistic indulgence that will touch the very soul of anyone who lived through that era and, indeed, I reckon I'll be having flashbacks for years...

But it's also a tale of friendships and, no matter the decade, these early bonds - those people with whom we choose to spend our formative years - define and remain with us for life and are not confined to one particular decade in time. And so I don't think this is a story purely for the stone-heads of the seventies but is a story for anyone who's ever shared digs with others during their carefree, egotistical party years.

And the snake. Oh how I love the snake... he is almost figurative (though I'm sure he existed!) in that he holds together this story of loves, losses, drunken misdemeanours and innate will to avoid Growing Up for as long as is humanely possible... only to reach his literary peak towards the end. What happens to the snake? You'll have to read it to find out.

It's bliss. I cannot recommend it highly enough. But please, Brian Talgo... can we have an audio version??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful. 21 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Now, this is completely out of my preferred genre (fantasy and sci-fi nerd that I am) but I wanted to see what my friends were raving about and so, with no persuasion needed, I downloaded TBA.
I was not disappointed.
From the go, the reader is thrown into the 70's and a house full of typical, messy, stoned housemates. Yes, you know it's going to be a blast ...
Page after page of dry wit, laugh out loud humour, brutal honesty and quips left me giggling and in genuine good spirits.
I've highlighted sections on my kindle that make me giggle time and time again - be wary of the cat, the mouse and the Scandinavian woman who likes to handle snakes ...

A lot of self published kindle books are same old, same old, badly written pieces with minimal editing and a staid, tried and tested plot.

This is not like those books - this reads almost like an autobiography, the MC is refreshing, intriguing, typically laddish and just far too cool for his own good ...

I'm a 29 yr old woman - I loved this book. If I love it - I guarantee you will ... Hell, I wasn't even ALIVE in the 70's!

This was excellent - all I can end this with is "poor newt!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Quirky, Frankly Wonderful 21 Jan 2012
By Einfeld
I downloaded this book for my Kindle on a hunch. The pitch reminded me of all those Indie movies I rent knowing that there's a 50/50 chance I'll either be amazed or end up turning it off after 20 minutes.


I am amazed. This very funny little book had me genuinely laughing out loud too many times to count. I started to read it late this afternoon and couldn't put it down until I was finished (and wanting more), at nearly 2am. And, I have to work in the morning! It's the kind of book that has me adding the author to the list of people I'd like to have over for a dinner party. The tales this dude tells! You KNOW he's lived them.

But mostly, it's his refreshing world-view. There's a lot of heart here, and more than a few things to ponder (should you be of that persuasion). Although I'll never order pizza again (spoiler! lol!) I highly, highly recommend this quirky, funny book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 24 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Snakes n Drugs n Rock n Roll...Well with a pitch like that you have to sneak a peek don't you?

The Beauregarde Affair is one of those books you open the first page without a clue what to expect and are just blown away with the wry observations of the author. Talgo conveys brilliantly a sense of time which isn't an easy task, along with injections of dry humour and convincing dialogue. I couldn't help but make comparisons to the Michael Douglas film, Wonderboys. Funny and fantastic with something we can all relate too.

Accomplished and brilliantly paced with plenty of page-turning power, I've already recommended The Beauregarde Affair to friends. I dare you to buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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