Moorpark Palms Richard Eisbrouch

ISBN: 9781515337881

Published: August 3rd 2015

Paperback

342 pages


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Moorpark Palms  by  Richard Eisbrouch

Moorpark Palms by Richard Eisbrouch
August 3rd 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 342 pages | ISBN: 9781515337881 | 8.42 Mb

From 1993 to 2001, I informally chronicled some of the activities in the small Los Angeles apartment building where I lived. I sent letters annually to a group of my friends, and they seemed to enjoy them. In fact, no matter what I’ve written since,MoreFrom 1993 to 2001, I informally chronicled some of the activities in the small Los Angeles apartment building where I lived. I sent letters annually to a group of my friends, and they seemed to enjoy them. In fact, no matter what I’ve written since, most of my friends say, “You know what I always liked best of yours?

Those apartment letters. They were really funny.”Buoyed by that, when I started to write full-time, I wrote a novel based on the letters. I did this for a couple of reasons, but the biggest was to protect me from libel. The goings-on in my building were often semi-public, or I wouldn’t have known about them, but they were still filtered through my perceptions.

Other people, especially those diving high, drunk, and naked at two AM off the carport roof into the pool, might not see it that way. And they might sue. So I needed to disguise the setting and change the people’s names.Also, I’d written another rambling book, long on characters and short on plot, and I learned that most people read novels for plot. The apartment letters don’t have a plot. It’s just a lot of people doing a lot of stuff over ten years.

So I picked the characters I thought might string together best and condensed the time to four years. I also decided I needed to build up the narrator and give him a life with its own plot.Sounds like a great plan, but it didn’t work. No one cared about the straight, 28-year-old narrator and his writer girlfriend. Some people couldn’t get around the fact that I wasn’t a straight 28-year-old.

“These are your stories, Rich,” one of my friends said. “Who’s this guy Jake?” Also, Jake’s story at work fought what was going on in the building instead of providing continuity. And even with the number of people reduced by three-quarters from the letters, people still couldn’t keep track of them.But the biggest problem was the book wasn’t funny.

Maybe people liked the enormous dysfunctionality of the people in the letters. Or maybe my often glib rudeness. The smoother novel didn’t capture that.So I set the project aside and wrote some other books. But the more that people read them, the more they asked about the letters. So I figured I’d go back, change all the names, send the otherwise unaltered collection of letters out as a present to friends and then post the collection online.While I was at it, I did some tightening on the novel.

I kept 28-year-old Jake s the narrator, but I pulled his private story out, so the book is just about the building. The novel is called: Montalvo Palms. Jake’s private story is called: More About Jake. The letters – with all the names except some of the non-litigating pets changed – is: Moorpark Palms.

The letters are pretty much intact: I mainly fixed up some grammar, which I know more about now, and deleted a handful of topical jokes.Read what you will. I hope you enjoy it.



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