Going to New Orleans

by Charles Tidler
ISBN: 1895636590

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A Review of: Going to New Orleans
by W. P. Kinsella

Having recently returned from New Orleans, I was anxious to read this book, and in the sense that it provides a thorough tour of New Orleans by day and night, I was not disappointed. One might say that this book does for New Orleans what Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil did for Savannah. This short novel begins in Victoria, BC, where horn player Lewis King lands a gig in New Orleans. He is accompanied by his sexually voracious and indiscriminately promiscuous girlfriend. The women in the novel are there for sexual purposes only and are not developed as characters. There is lots of hot and heavy sex, probably at least twenty male masturbatory fantasies are fleshed out. Going to New Orleans is subtitled "a dirty book", which would indicate that the author considers sex dirty. King occasionally plays the trumpet to great acclaim, but many odd things are going on, one of which is that a friend of his from Canada appears and gets killed. One could attribute his death to the DTs, as King consumes prodigious amounts of alcohol all his waking hours. There is a bloody ending which may or may not be hallucinatory. The cover is excruciatingly ugly, designed to scare off potential readers. Tidler does something I've never seen before and hope to never see again: he incorporates quotes from thirteen famous, mainly southern authors including Capote, Rice, Percy, and Tennessee Williams. The quotes are acknowledged at the end under the heading Piracy, but all they do is show the author's inability to come up with colorful and memorable words and phrases on his own.

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