"Halfway to the Stars" by Daniel Curzon
- March 14, 2014
-- Foreword Reviews (the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books) announced Daniel Curzon´s “Halfway to the Stars – Cable Car Tales of a Grumpy Gripman” as a finalist for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards
Based on real events, down-to-earth, debunking stories that form a novel, told by a long-term, snarky gripman on San Francisco’s cable cars, tales you won’t hear in most places in our suffocating Politically Correct world, made salty, honest and very funny, as told by the “grumpy gripman” narrator, who finds himself in the so-called Land of Free Speech, but where it is other people who tell you what you can say and think, despite your own experiences. The tale of One-Tooth or the little ghost boy or the outrageous elderly twin sisters or the Chinese dishwasher or Bitty the pet rat or Machete Man or a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence will alternately put a lump in your throat and blow up your P.C. meter. Might appeal to those who are “progressive,”
depending on the issue, “conservative,”
depending on the issue, or neither, and tired of being forced to choose only one side or the other.“Halfway to the Stars” will thrill an audience seeking entertainment untouched by editorial censors. This is stand-up comedy at its literary best, with controversial pieces included to strike the strongest blow where needed. Race, gender, religion, culture, and sexual orientation are all targets in Curzon’s cable car chaos. In this brilliant work, the “equal opportunity offender” theory applies. Only adults should board Curzon’s cable car.
– Julia Ann Charpentier (Clarion/Foreword Reviews Five Stars: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/halfway-to-the-st...
Daniel Curzon has never been afraid of controversy and has been on the cutting edge of several major social and political issues. He is the author of many books of fiction and plays, including the landmark gay protest novel “Something You Do in the Dark” (G.P. Putnam, 1971). (“I greatly admire Daniel Curzon for writing this book.” – Christopher Isherwood) (“Powerful and engrossing!” – Walter Allen, author of The English Novel) (“Engrossing, powerful, and disturbing.”
– Joyce Carol Oates). With his new book he dramatizes how political correctness stops problems from being dealt with honestly instead of facilitated with the platitudes of a “liberal bubble.”