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Playclothes for Eurotrash by Stephen Douglas

Playclothes for Eurotrash by Stephen Douglas

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Published by James Dwyer
Jamie Dwyer's last chance as a 33 year-old failing business journalist is his assignment to the oil rich rain forests of southern Mexico. 8 years in the writing, Playclothes for Eurotrash begins as Jamie discovers, at his office desk, that a former friend Eurotrash Alejo de Tolejdes is now in charge of a major Mexican oil company. Ten years ago Alejo 'stole' (as Jamie still sees it) Jamie's girlfriend of that time, but Jamie needs to make a go of his job - investigating if recent sabotage of oil assets promises a full-on revolution. Pondering whether or not to email Alejo in Playclothes for Eurotrash's first paragraph, long since forgotten events flood back into Jamie's consciousness... Embarking on the great adventure of arriving from Ireland into College America; fatefully encountering his soon to be girlfriend Lucy; his first meeting with Alejo during a champagne soaked club night which ends in tragedy... Playclothes for Eurotrash is a fast-paced and plot-driven literary adventure novel in the mould of 'The Secret History'. It is written in the first person by Jamie himself and it tells a story of universal significance through the interactions of Jamie and his three friends - Mexican Alejo, Londoner Lucy, and bright Park Avenue Princess Emily (whom Jamie and Lucy meet in their first class) Macdonald. The first half of Playclothes for Eurotrash is set mostly in Washington DC, while the second part, also comprising 35,000 words, is set in Chiapas Mexico. Playclothes for Eurotrash will appeal to anyone who finds interesting the western bourgeois Eurotrash's attempts to handle the transition from a time of play (with others; with ideas; with possible futures; with friendships...) to the advent of 'real' life; a challenge even those born with silver spoons find quite as difficult as anyone else. Playclothes for Eurotrash is also intended for use by adolescents who are curious to discover some of the secrets of grown-up life. Those who know well Eliot's The Waste Land and Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters will recognise the inspiration for much of the language scattered throughout Playclothes for Eurotrash (including the title which comes from Hughes's Caryatids II '...Stupid with confidence/in the playclothes of still growing...'). 'Playclothes' the word has at leastthree meanings in the context of the title: when spoken 'Playclothes' is often mistaken for 'Play Close' and since the main characters of Playclothes for Eurotrash are in Western terms about to pass from adolescenthood into adulthood this book marks the story of the end of their time of play. Second, the book illustrates the kinds of masks young Eurotrash wear, their playclothes, if you like. And, third, the writing of a novel for the Western bourgeois Eurotrash is not only a common and highly valued aspiration, but also a means of playing and an instance of play. There are other meanings, some which it shares with Hughes's use of the word in Birthday Letters and some particular to the novel itself. Let me know if you have any thoughts to share about the book.love, literature, GEORGETOWN, chiapas, Bildungsroman, zapatistas, coming of age, oil industry, ted hughes, donna tartt, the catcher in the rye, georgetown university, sylvia plath, evelyn waugh, the waste land, irish writing, college romance, playclothes for eurotrash, secret history,novel,celtic tiger
Jamie Dwyer's last chance as a 33 year-old failing business journalist is his assignment to the oil rich rain forests of southern Mexico. 8 years in the writing, Playclothes for Eurotrash begins as Jamie discovers, at his office desk, that a former friend Eurotrash Alejo de Tolejdes is now in charge of a major Mexican oil company. Ten years ago Alejo 'stole' (as Jamie still sees it) Jamie's girlfriend of that time, but Jamie needs to make a go of his job - investigating if recent sabotage of oil assets promises a full-on revolution. Pondering whether or not to email Alejo in Playclothes for Eurotrash's first paragraph, long since forgotten events flood back into Jamie's consciousness... Embarking on the great adventure of arriving from Ireland into College America; fatefully encountering his soon to be girlfriend Lucy; his first meeting with Alejo during a champagne soaked club night which ends in tragedy... Playclothes for Eurotrash is a fast-paced and plot-driven literary adventure novel in the mould of 'The Secret History'. It is written in the first person by Jamie himself and it tells a story of universal significance through the interactions of Jamie and his three friends - Mexican Alejo, Londoner Lucy, and bright Park Avenue Princess Emily (whom Jamie and Lucy meet in their first class) Macdonald. The first half of Playclothes for Eurotrash is set mostly in Washington DC, while the second part, also comprising 35,000 words, is set in Chiapas Mexico. Playclothes for Eurotrash will appeal to anyone who finds interesting the western bourgeois Eurotrash's attempts to handle the transition from a time of play (with others; with ideas; with possible futures; with friendships...) to the advent of 'real' life; a challenge even those born with silver spoons find quite as difficult as anyone else. Playclothes for Eurotrash is also intended for use by adolescents who are curious to discover some of the secrets of grown-up life. Those who know well Eliot's The Waste Land and Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters will recognise the inspiration for much of the language scattered throughout Playclothes for Eurotrash (including the title which comes from Hughes's Caryatids II '...Stupid with confidence/in the playclothes of still growing...'). 'Playclothes' the word has at leastthree meanings in the context of the title: when spoken 'Playclothes' is often mistaken for 'Play Close' and since the main characters of Playclothes for Eurotrash are in Western terms about to pass from adolescenthood into adulthood this book marks the story of the end of their time of play. Second, the book illustrates the kinds of masks young Eurotrash wear, their playclothes, if you like. And, third, the writing of a novel for the Western bourgeois Eurotrash is not only a common and highly valued aspiration, but also a means of playing and an instance of play. There are other meanings, some which it shares with Hughes's use of the word in Birthday Letters and some particular to the novel itself. Let me know if you have any thoughts to share about the book.love, literature, GEORGETOWN, chiapas, Bildungsroman, zapatistas, coming of age, oil industry, ted hughes, donna tartt, the catcher in the rye, georgetown university, sylvia plath, evelyn waugh, the waste land, irish writing, college romance, playclothes for eurotrash, secret history,novel,celtic tiger

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Published by: James Dwyer on May 29, 2010
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