The El Cholo Feeling Passes

by Fredrick Barton

384 pages • $14.95 • ISBN: 9780972814324 • January 2003 • Add to Cart


In a memo to the UCLA History Department, doctoral candidate Richard Janus admits that he will not be turning in his thesis. The El Cholo Feeling Passes is the “digression” he pens instead—an irreverent, large-hearted coming-of-age story. Chronicling Janus’ youth and his marriage to the fiery Faith Cleaver, the novel depicts a life on the verge of adulthood. As they navigate the Sexual Revolution, the Women’s Movement, and Vietnam, Janus and Faith question the future of their careers and their relationship. Though firmly set in one of the most dynamic periods of American history, their story not only captures the spirit of a generation—it explores the timeless themes of fleeting youth, confused ambition, and the frustrations and rewards of marriage. 

“Page by page it’s a winner, a great, wide youth swoop at reality that compares to visions of James Jones, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth. The El Cholo Feeling Passes is big—and very beautiful.”
Los Angeles Times 

“As a document of the hysteria following the Sexual Revolution, it is certifiably true. As an absurdist comedy it begs to be compared to Catch-22 or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
The Times-Picayune 

“This excellent novel is The Way We Were for the Vietnam generation.”
—Brandon Tartikoff


Award-winning writer and critic Fredrick Barton has authored four novels, a play in verse, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. He was a founder of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans where he served as Director for many years. He continues to teach in the program and live in New Orleans, LA. 

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