Archipelago This is the story of Billy Green When he was just turning four his father tried to throw him in the trash He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies His mom did everything to protect h

  • Title: Archipelago
  • Author: John Rachel
  • ISBN: 9781312583887
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the story of Billy Green When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies His mom did everything to protect him But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland Catholic school didn t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun Home life was dismal Was hiThis is the story of Billy Green When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies His mom did everything to protect him But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland Catholic school didn t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun Home life was dismal Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy Golly Detroit was sucking the life out of him At such a young age Then adolescence swirled around him Like water in a toilet bowl High school was a B movie Only without a plot So finally he did something about it Billy ran away to college Cornell University That was a good move for sure He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life Things were definitely looking up What could possibly go wrong Isn t that what we always ask

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    About “John Rachel

    1. John Rachel says:

      John Rachel has a B A in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and a bi polar humanist He has spent his entire life trying to resolve the intrinsic clash between the metaphysical purity of Buddhism and the overwhelming appeal of narcissism Prompted by the trauma of graduating high school and having to leave his beloved city of Detroit to attend university, the development of his social skills and world view were arrested at age 18 This affliction figures prominently in all of his creative work.Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non fiction books published These range from three satires and a coming of age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller The three non fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America, plus offer a radical step by step plan for reversing the U.S obsession with war and militarism.With the publication of his most recent novel Petrocelli, a gruesome story about human trafficking for prostitution, he has three novels in the pipeline Love Connection, a drug trafficking thriller set in Japan Sex, Lies and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self help crazes of the 80s and 90s and finally, The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama and love story involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes It deliciously unfolds in 19th Century sub Saharan Africa.Also, while recently traveling in the Philippines and Myanmar, he completed a book which appears to defy easy categorization, titled What Do Mermaids Eat A number of prominent publishers have declared that they will do everything in their power to make sure these new books never see the light of day.The author s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state of the art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across America and overseas.John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non existent watch by the thrice daily ringing of sonorous temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.



    2 thoughts on “Archipelago

    1. Grab the sunglasses! John Rachel’s The Man Who Loved Too Much is simply brilliant story telling that keeps one guessing, is he serious, is this pure satire, should I cry here, is it okay to laugh out loud, how am I relating to so many events?Billy Green survived and often manipulated his growing up in a dysfunctional family from Detroit and its suburbs. From the Thanksgiving Parade to his academic misadventures, Billy seems to have a target on his back, saying “Kick Me Here.” Too intellige [...]

    2. THE MAN WHO LOVED TOO MUCH: BOOK ONE by John D RachelBilly Green stole my heart.From his earliest days his dear mother loved him with a love so deep you could put your arms around it. But, even such a great love was not enough to balance the emotional abuse thrown out in wild abandonment by his sloppy, farting, beer-drinking "Get me another, suds, Woman," dad.Billy was blessed with a brilliant mind, and it wasn't long before his mother realized she had not the capacity to home school him any lon [...]

    3. This is the story of Billy Green. Billy grew up in Detroit, Michigan, with a loving and doting mother and a father who was cruel and abusive with his words and actions.Billy can't wait to leave Detroit to go to college and finally have some independence.While in college, Billy learns about the world, people around him and how some people like to take advantage or hurt others.Billy falls in love with a girl and their relationship is a confusing one for Billy, while trying to deal with classes, fi [...]

    4. Billy Green grew up in Detroit Michigan his Mother was very loving and doted on him. His Father was a cruel abusive man. Billy had a brillant mind his Mom soon realized she couldn't home school him any longer so she enrolled him at a Catholic school where he attended through the sixth grade. The end of sixth grade brought him his first kiss. Each stage of Billy's life is momentous. A wonderful coming of age story .I look forward to reading the next book i the series.

    5. Book Description"This is the story of Billy Green. When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppe [...]

    6. Reviewed on behalf of The Review Board by Harmony Kent.I received a free mobi copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.This is the first book of a trilogy, and not a standalone novel. The ending is abrupt and leaves a lot of loose threads. It feels as if we have the beginning, and perhaps some of the middle, but not an ending. When I read the last line, I felt cheated. I’d put all this effort into reading the book, and by the finish I was left wanting. The revelation in the final tw [...]

    7. openbooksociety/article/thBrought to you by OBS reviewer AndraSome SpoilersThe Man Who Loved Too Much is an intriguing, captivating coming of age story. I was engaged from the very beginning pages as a result of Mr. Rachel’s writing style, which was very fluid and easy to read.A rollercoaster, that is how I can describe the life of Billy portrayed throughout the book. But really, what child isn’t exposed to life in a myriad of ways? Getting thrown into a trash can at age four by his father i [...]

    8. 1986–1995, set in Detroit; Harold (husband/father) & Irene (wife/mother) had taken Billy (3, son) to Thanksgiving Day Parade. They had bought him a balloon but it blew away. Things didn’t actually go as planned for Billy or Harold. Billy appeared to be a gifted child. Sister Mary Felicia (5th grade teacher, Anna Marie Fontana, Loyola Marymount, Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery) would get to know each other very well. He would stay after class & ask a lot of ? about the Cath [...]

    9. This is the story of Billy Green, a precocious young boy with a cruel father and a coddling mother who deemed him “special” from the start. Full of curiosity, the kid loved school and loved to learn. His Catholic school was a “Toys R’ Us to make you smart.” Of course, much of the history and debate involving the church did not interest me so much. The fascinating thing was that although the story centers on Billy from childhood to adulthood, story expands slightly to the other characte [...]

    10. I was given an electronic copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This book follows the main character, Billy Green, through the first 20 years of his life.Billy Green has a loving doting mother and an abusive father and has a desire to escape his dysfunctional family. The author takes you on Billy's journey through his early years starting at the age of four in 1986 to his early college years in 2003 at the age of 20.Billy Green didn't have a great childhood. Billy was smart. Some [...]

    11. Phenomenal Story! Must Read! This unique story is about Billy Greens struggles growing up. It begins when he is a small boy, taking us through his tragic childhood, rocky adolescence, and then attempting the impossible task of just getting through his teenage years with hope for a better future. He loves his mothers dearly. (Although personally I think she is a little smothering). His father is the bastard from hell whom you hate from the beginning. How this man can be so cruel to his own child [...]

    12. The Man Who loved Too Much is a fantastic coming of age story about a boy growing up in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan. Billy Green has a loving doting mother and an abusive father and has a desire to escape his dysfunctional family. The author takes you on Billy's journey through is early years starting at the age of four in 1986 to his early college years in 2003 at the age of 20. Along the way we see Billy receive his first kiss, have his first sexual experience and find his first girlfriend [...]

    13. I was given an electronic copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This book follows the main character, Billy Green, through the first 20 years of his life. He navigates his world with sarcastic wit and dry humor, all the while having emotional, spiritual, social, and sexual revelations. The author clearly portrays Billy as a person who is intellectually stimulated by the world around him. He takes things at face value and is willing to stand up against his adversaries, regardless [...]

    14. I got this as a free eBook. I enjoyed this book. It's not what I usually read. This book was about a young boy from age 3 to 28, but this was the first book of a trilogy. The ages were from 3 -20. The boy went though the same things young people today may face. Abuse:bullying, sexual,emotional, physical, and psychical. But he was not your typical person. He was very intelligent, he loved to learn all kinds of things. He was a loner, not a loser. He went through the different school systems, home [...]

    15. The man who loved too much by Rachel sucks one in from the very beginning. In the very first conflict, one holds one's breath as a too full bladder is pushed to the limits. Each stage of Billy's life is momentous with people in his life adding to his repertoire. One is saddened about Billy's home life and Rachel eventually lets us glimpse why. Sex is treated in such a way that Billy is not really choosing it, but it chooses him. And then there are the emotional turmoils of his mother and his gir [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book. Rapid quick fire structure took us through the life of billy free. The depiction of the characters is fabulous and some of the scenes in the catholic school brought my own school days back to me. there is humour but also sadness and pathos. Billy falls truly , madly, deeply in love but is there something more to this relationship than meets the eye. I cannot wait for book 2

    17. This was a very different story for me. It really touches the heart throughout the story. It really makes you step back and take a look at what is going on around you. This book is out of the norm of my usual reading and gave me a different outlook on things. At times this story had me laughing and then at times made me want to reach in and slap a few characters. For being a first time reader of John Rachel this was a nice, fresh start.

    18. While I greatly disliked the marital relationship between Billy's parents, I understood it. While I grew weary of the brainless banter used at Cornell, I think this was to show Billy's frustration with it. While the Catholic school "adventures" were tough for me to read for personal reasons, I am glad the author wrote about them.

    19. I won this book in a giveaway from .This book was okay. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. Billy Green didn't have a great childhood. His mother was loving but his father was not! Billy was smart. Sometimes, too smart. After making it through high school, Billy goes away to Cornell and things just continue to happen. Some good things, some not so good things!!

    20. This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that will grab you and charm you. Just read the first few pages and it'll pull you right in. If you like Salinger, you'll love this. It's that great theme of a kid who knows too much for his own good in world populated by so-called adults who control the machinery. GREAT STUFF! A real pleasure to read.

    21. Thank you Mr. Rachel for the opportunity to read your book "The man who loved too much" Your writing is very graphic and interesting. You make a reader root for the main character ( Billy Green) and hope he sees the world as it really is.

    22. "Archipelago (The Man Who Loved Too Much#1)" is a parody of the life, love and pursuit of happiness of Billy Green a young boy with an adoring mother and a dysfunctional father who struggles with bullies at school, rebels against the stern discipline of nuns at his Catholic School, and is almost molested by the neighbourhood puppeteer. With a sharp mind, and love of learning Billy survives the rigours of high school with the goal of attending a good college far from the neglected industrial pit [...]

    23. Three year old Billy Green was a very smart little boy, so in school he was very bored. One day, after school he got home and went straight to his room. The next day, he played sick and told his mom he didn't want to go back, and because he was an only child and his mom missed him so much, she home schooled him. Billy's dad was mean and hurt his mom although she pretend it was nothing and his dad loved them both, but Billy wasn't so sure because he'd felt his dad's hand a few times! Billy never [...]

    24. The Man Who Loved Too Much is an enjoyable tale about a young man who grows up with an abusive father and a adoring mother. He is raised in a crumbling family in a crumbling city, Detroit. Secrets are the order of the day between his parents who are bound by bonds other than love. Billy must create himself out of thin air which perhaps accounts for his view of the world. There were parts of this first in a series book which I found very compelling. The Catholic upbringing and schools that Billy [...]

    25. Innocence and loving he doesn't really hate anyone but his Father, but it's mutual. Will he actually forgive his Father someday?This review is from: The Man Who Loved Too Much - Book 1: Archipelago (Kindle Edition)John Rachel gives you a character that you can follow and understand his life and issues Billy Green is loved by his Mother to almost a over love situation, she thinks he has hung the moon and the stars. His Father however hates him to the point of being an abusive ass. The reason why [...]

    26. The Down and Dirty Blues of Billy Green4.75 StarsWith crisp and cutting prose, the author immerses us in the life of a young man you cannot help but sympathize with and root for. With a mind for facts and a heart full of love, Billy winds his way through the mine-filled sands of a hometown that hope has long forgotten. Escaping to his promised land of higher education and stumbling into the mercurial arms of the girl he believes is the one. All the while, coming across a cast of offbeat and uniq [...]

    27. Kudos to the author! Meet Billy Green, a quirky character that didn’t quite fit in and really didn’t care to…possibly because his drunken father threw him in the trash when he was only three years old as punishment for an accident that had already traumatized him. Billy’s life was a rollercoaster ride from the very beginning, steering the reader through a wide range of emotions. Billy loved his mother, who appeared weak in her loveless marriage to a cold, unfeeling man, but doted on her [...]

    28. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.This was a very interesting book and not one that I would be typically be prone to read but when the author offered me the opportunity to read it I thought I would give it a go.This is a fascinating, well written, brilliant story about a boy's life as he grows into a man. Not my typical cup of tea but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Billy Green, has some very interesting ideas and his take on [...]

    29. At first I thought this was going to be a "coming of age" story but it turned out to be so much more. An extremely intelligent read we find our hero growing up in Detroit in a family that reminded me of the "All in the Family" tv show. Our hero has a mother who has made him the centre of her life and a father who wishes he wasn't alive.Overly clever he soon finds out that it's to his advantage to play down his intelligence. He is a deep thinker in a world of mindless dribble who makes an escape [...]

    30. I enjoyed the character in the book- Billy Green. His father tried to throw him in the trash when Billy was a young child. He had his mother to try and protect him. He went to Catholic school where he got his very first kiss from a nun who was atheist. The town was Detroit and you never knew what was going to happen there. Finally Billy decided to leave and attend college. He went to Cornell University. Things were finally looking up for him. He met someone there. He actually lost his virginity. [...]

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