Tales of the Madman Underground
The Madmen Underground is comprised of 7 or 8 kids who have problems like drinking, having alcoholic parents, being abandoned by their parents, having lecherous relatives or abusive parents. In his first class of the day, he sits next to Marti, who he soon finds out is joining the Madmen. She wants to be his friend. Things are not going well for normalcy.
Tales of the Madman Underground recounts six days of Karls life and includes countless flashbacks. Karl works hard and saves his money, but his mother keeps finding it and borrowing it, hitting the bars, leaving IOUs that will never get paid. Theyve got a houseful of cats who keep crapping on the floor and on his bed. Darla, another Madman, brings her stuffed bunny, Mr. Babbitt, to school and converses with it. Pauls father verbally abuses him. It goes on and on, each Madman having his/her own personal demons.
The book, set in 1973, is serious and funny and hopeful. It is cast with wonderful characters. Youll love them, empathize with them, give them a smack on the head. You can visualize each situation. The setting of 1973 brings an interesting element to the book. Tales is a hard book to describe but its well worth reading. Go for it&it wont be a normal book.