William F. Buckley Jr. Elvis in the Morning

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Elvis in the Morning

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This is a novel about friendship, a novel that spans the decades that changed America forever.

Orson is a young boy whose mother works at a U.S. Army base in Germany in the 1950s. There, he becomes a fan of a G.I. stationed at the base, one Elvis Presley, whose music is played over and over on the radio. When Orson is caught stealing recordings of Elvis's tunes from the PX, the attendant publicity catches the star's attention, and he comes to visit his young fan. Thus begins a lifelong friendship. As Elvis's career rockets ever higher and his behavior becomes ever more erratic, the two share many adventures. The sixties explode, and Elvis becomes the icon of the nation, while Orson, a college demonstrator, drifts away from regular life while looking for something of substance to believe in. Each man is an emblem of his time, as social conventions crumble, barriers fall, and the cultural landscape changes forever.

A panorama of change and dissent, of the ability of friends to stay true despite distance and time, Elvis in the Morning portrays a nation in change and the effects of celebrity on innocence.

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William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review and was the host of television's longest-running program, Firing Line. The author of fourteen other novels, many of them bestsellers, he lives in Connecticut.

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Orson Killere, a teenager whose mother works at an Army base, meets Elvis in Germany in 1957, becoming his confidante and lifelong friend. Although the story is about Orson, an intelligent young man who returns to the U.S. for college, marries, and faces his own substance abuse problems--Elvis, his celebrity, entourage, and problems are always a part of it. Lloyd James superbly narrates the story of these two disparate yet bound lives. He doesn't imitate Elvis's voice but uses phrasing and tone to suggest it to great effect. Orson's gentleness and Elvis's vulnerability and occasional celebrity-induced hubris are conveyed through James's narration, which is always true and affecting. Listeners will be involved from the start. M.A.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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