Irv’s Odyssey: Lost in a Looking Glass was a groovy trip back to the 70s. As someone who was not even born in the 70’s, it was an eye opening trip to experience the life of a boy fresh out of college, who had the idealistic dreams that most of the young have, only to find out that life in not idealistic nor easy. Written in first-person narrative, it felt as if you were really there, having a not-so-normal conversation with Irv.
Irv was a film major, with big plans to be a director and make a difference. He found out quickly that getting a job was not easy and that his free ride was over as his father cut him off because he was “grown now”. With no choice but to put food on the table, and pay for his weed, Irv took the most unlikely job he could have ever imagined for himself: porn director. Lost in a world of naked girls that have sex to get paid, and have all the insecurities and problems that go along with it, Irv starts a downward spiral in the life he planned for himself.
Only looking for “real” love, Irv bumbles along the way. Through a (sometimes) drug-induced haze, shared sexual partners, free love, commune living, and a search for meaningful life, this story takes you from LA to Atlanta. From porn jobs to a job in a living community for mentally-challenged kids, Irv shows what life was like in the time of free love and drugs, when all he wants is love and all he finds is challenges. This heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious book, almost transcends times, to portray what youth goes through after leaving college and being forced to grow up. I give this book FIVE STARS and urge you to pick it up and give it a chance!
Irving H. Podolsky resides in the mind of this writer, and within the trilogy, Irv’s Odyssey. As your host, I wish to remain in your hearts as that forever-young YOU seeking love, joy, wisdom and adventure.
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