The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love and Madness in an by Nicholas Dawidoff

By Nicholas Dawidoff

Transforming into up in a doomed native land with a lacking father and a unmarried mom, Nicholas Dawidoff listened to baseball each evening on his bedside radio, the pro ballplayers steadily turning into the lads in his lifestyles. A portrait of a early life formed by means of a stoical, enterprising mom, a disturbed, harmful father, the personal global of baseball, and the awkwardness of past love, The Crowd Sounds Happy is the relocating story of a lively boy's coming-of-age in afflicted instances.

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In our strict household there never really were many rules. My mother’s expectations flowed so logically from her own comportment that they were easy enough to understand without the aid of codes, injunctions, or prohibitions. Perhaps it was that in Washington everything had been so out of control that now everyone was grateful for routine, but, whatever the cause, Sally and I didn’t have to be told twice never to begin eating before everyone else was served. In the morning, as soon as we were tall enough, we made our beds.

And then something would intervene to disturb the order. One day there was a dead bird lying on the sidewalk, the bird’s dark feathers limp and greasy-slick, its beak a brittle, sickly yellow. I stared at the bird, the swarming insects beginning to devour its eye. “Don’t touch it” I heard my mother say even though I was alone. Another afternoon I came outside to find a woman standing in front of our house holding a paper grocery sack out of which the bottom had dropped, leaving her feet surrounded by a turbid pool of oozing eggshells, shattered bottle glass, a splatter of fruits and vegetables.

It was remarkable how quickly you could eat a Kit Kat. That evening I thought of Lazlo up there enjoying as many Kit Kats as he liked, and I craved another with such ardor and pining that I became convinced that I was somehow entitled to more. The next day I hurried to find Lazlo. As we spoke, all I could think of was my worry that there were no remaining Kit Kats. My head throbbed. I hinted. He didn’t offer. I couldn’t hold out anymore. I asked for a second Kit Kat. ” Lazlo wanted to know. I had nothing.

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