Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The crazed weekend

I've just finished reading another chapter from the on-line novel Boscutti's Pure Elvis written by Australian film maker Stefano Boscutti. To quote the author, "it's a serialized novel based on the crazed weekend Elvis Presley decided to visit President Richard Nixon in search of a Federal Drug Enforcement Agent badge."

And crazy it is. But also funny. Each chapter reminds me of a movie script, containing a lot of dialogue written with a humorous twist. The reason this style of writing is successful is, I believe, because Boscutti has done his homework well.

What this means is that a lot of the facts are correct, but some episodes exaggerated to great effect. One part I nearly laughed out loud reading was the one where the pilots of the commercial airliner on which Elvis is on board invites him to fly the plane: "Elvis leans forward in the seat, seeming to concentrate on his new job."

Another great line is delivered in Elvis suite in Washington when Jerry, hearing Elvis talking to himself in the bathroom, asks if he's all right. "Course I am all right! What the hell can happen to a man in his own damn bathroom?" answers an annoyed Elvis.

A new chapter of this novel is posted everyday, and so far it's been an entertaining read (16 chapters are available). Why don't you give it a try and tell me what you think?

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