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The Ferrari in the Bedroom by Jean Shepherd
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The Ferrari in the Bedroom (original 1972; edition 1986)

by Jean Shepherd (Author)

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Jean Shepherd was one of America’s favorite humorists, his most notable achievement being the creation of the indefatigable Ralphie Parker and his quest for a BB gun in the holiday classic A Christmas Story. But he was so much more, a comic Garrison Keillor–like figure whose unique voice transcended the airwaves and affected a whole generation of nostalgic Americans. The Ferrari in the Bedroom is Shepherd’s wry, affectionate look at the hang-ups and delusions of Americans in the 1970s. From his sardonic assessment of fads such as the nostalgia craze (“Thinking that the old days were good is a terrible sickness. Everything was just as bad then as it is now.”) to a modest proposal for the foundation of S.P.L.A.T. (The Society for the Prevention of the Leaving of Animal Turds), Jean Shepherd provides a generous measure of his special brand of wise and warm humor as an antidote for some of America’s more ridiculous obsessions.… (more)
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Title:The Ferrari in the Bedroom
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Info:Doubleday (1986), Edition: Reissue, 269 pages
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Not up to the standard of "In God We Trust ... All Others Pay Cash", "A Fistful of Fig Newtons" or even "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories". ( )
  tgraettinger | Nov 25, 2021 |
Loads of fun, as are all of Shep's works, this is a collection of shorts from Car & Driver (mostly) of varying topics. Now, Shep is probably an acquired taste, but some of these tales are genuine hoots, like "An independent survey..." and "The man of the future..." But he is at his best when he's recalling events from his past, as in his days as a gas jockey, or his first trip to the Indy 500...true classics, both of them. A book to be savored, and saved. Thanks, Shep. ( )
  Jamski | Jul 18, 2018 |
The Ferrari in the Bedroom is the fourth Jean Shepherd short story collection that I have read, and I think it is the worst. That isn't to say that it is bad, but it is very inconsistent. I thought that eight of the last nine stories in the book were very good. They were witty, observant, and had that understated "gee whiz" kind of tone that is characteristic of Shepherd. The earlier stories in the collection felt more like the ramblings of a curmudgeonly old man who is sexist, ageist, and a angry at a changing world. If I were to recommend this book, I would recommend that you skip to the story titled "43 Miles on the Gauge" and read the rest of the book. The six that come before that one aren't very good.
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Jean Shepherd was one of America’s favorite humorists, his most notable achievement being the creation of the indefatigable Ralphie Parker and his quest for a BB gun in the holiday classic A Christmas Story. But he was so much more, a comic Garrison Keillor–like figure whose unique voice transcended the airwaves and affected a whole generation of nostalgic Americans. The Ferrari in the Bedroom is Shepherd’s wry, affectionate look at the hang-ups and delusions of Americans in the 1970s. From his sardonic assessment of fads such as the nostalgia craze (“Thinking that the old days were good is a terrible sickness. Everything was just as bad then as it is now.”) to a modest proposal for the foundation of S.P.L.A.T. (The Society for the Prevention of the Leaving of Animal Turds), Jean Shepherd provides a generous measure of his special brand of wise and warm humor as an antidote for some of America’s more ridiculous obsessions.

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Contents:

I Hear America Singing; or "Leaves of Grass" Revisited
"Straight Shooters Always Win"... Dick Tracy
An Independent Survey Today Announced...
The Man of the Future May Be a Woman
Confessions of a TV Fisherman
Harold's Super Service
The Rosetta Stone of American Culture
One Day the Fog Lifted-
Fun City
S.P.L.A.T.!
43 Miles on the Gauge
The Great Chicken-Clawed Chooser
The Drive-In Confessional
The Indy 500
Lifetime Guarantee
Moose Area Next 18 Miles
Great Expectations; or the War of the Worlds
Little America, I Love You
Abercrombe's Bitch
Lillian
The Ferrari in the Bedroom
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