Wednesday, September 24, 2014

REQUIEM FOR A VAGABOND Available Now as an E-Book on Amazon

All right, my latest memoir, the third book in my "burnout trilogy," REQUIEM FOR A VAGABOND is currently available as an e-book on Amazon. It highlights the last five years, most of which I spent in the Middle East, and my Girlfriend Experience.

Get it HERE on Amazon US /  HERE on Amazon UK / Get it HERE on Amazon CA

The blurb:

"A funny thing happened to me, when I moved to the strictest Islamic country on earth, shortly after my 40th birthday, my life stripped of drugs, alcohol and women: I felt happy." 

In middle age, English Teacher X makes a major life change: He leaves behind a life of debauchery, darkness, drunkenness and devoshki in Russia, and takes a job in the strictest Islamic Kingdom in the Middle East. 

His life suddenly full of sunshine, sand, sobriety, and an adult-type salary, he also unexpectedly finds himself in a long-distance relationship with a sweet and loyal yet oh-so-stubborn and provincial Russian girl. With plenty of money and a new optimism, finally it seems that a "normal life" is within his grasp... 

However, things rarely run smoothly in the world according to ETX, and he soon finds himself adrift again, returning for the first time in many years to his homeland, a very troubled, and sick America, with a new career as an independent author of "erotica" and an untoward yet timely interest in survivalism. 

More alienated than ever and haunted at the image of being the oldest guy in the club or one of the younger guys at the whorehouse, X bounces around exotic destinations (including Cyprus, Costa Rica, and return visits to his old home of Vodkaberg in Russia) and struggles to find a place for himself in a rapidly changing world. 

But a new high-paying job in the Middle East looms, which might be the best thing that ever happened to him ... or the worst ... 

Packed with eccentric English teachers of all ages and plenty of sexy-but-difficult Russian women, set against a backdrop of the Arab Spring and the Mayan Apocalypse, X's latest memoir is another dystopian look at the profession of TEFL, expat life, and the myth that travel broadens the mind. 

WARNING! Contains bad language, graphic content, middle-aged white guy angst, and a complete lack of authentic cultural experiences..

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The beta readers I used were a bit divided in their reaction to this, which is essentially of course focused on getting older. One said he liked it better than VODKABERG in that it was more varied, and that it was my "most optimistic" book, while another found it "considerably more racist and misogynistic" than my other books. Hey, an artist has to grow, right? 

It's about 100,000 words vs. 50,000 words for my first memoir, TO TRAVEL HOPELESSLY and 120,000 words for my second memoir VODKABERG, and features return appearances by numerous characters from VODKABERG, including Crazy Bob and Pterodactyl Girl (and the city itself.)

My original plan was to have a middle section with all my backpacking and youthful adventures; that didn't happen, as I ended up writing more about my 2012- 2013 sojourn in America and my friends and family there. The youthful adventures will be a next, separate book, I guess. 

Despite the author mostly being sober and isolated and / or hitched up the last five years, I hope there are enough whacked-out colleagues and entertaining bad behaviors (mine and other people's) and slutty Russian chicks (a half-dozen or so) in there to hold most people's attention despite the general theme of entropy, failure, impotence, illness, and death.  


(It's on sale now for the full price -- $3.99 -- but I'll be having a countdown promotion the week before Halloween, so if you can wait, you can get it for 99 cents. I'd start it like that now, but Amazon won't let me. You can get it free in that Kindle Unlimited deal, also, And hell if you really can't pony up $3.99 just e-mail me and I'll give you one.) 


Kevin said...

Looking forward to reading it. Is it available in PDF anywhere - I'd prefer to read it like that if possible.

englishteacherx said...

Yeah email me I can fix you up.

some guy in Spain said...

I read the advance copy you sent on the plane trip as planned and I have to say that I'm surprised some thought it was "racist and misogynistic." You avoided easy jokes about Islamic/Arab folk and, casual infidelity aside, the Takeaway I got was that "Hey if you just talk to women like normal, maybe you don't need to "up your game."