Biggest Elvis

Biggest Elvis August Elvis Presley dies in Memphis at a mansion called Graceland A dozen years later a man called Biggest Elvis the oldest and fattest of a trio of Elvis impersonators galvanizes the sailo

  • Title: Biggest Elvis
  • Author: P.F. Kluge
  • ISBN: 9780140258110
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • August 16 1977 Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, at a mansion called Graceland A dozen years later, a man called Biggest Elvis the oldest and fattest of a trio of Elvis impersonators galvanizes the sailors and bar girls around the huge US navel base in Olongapo, Philippines In their act, Baby Elvis who does the youthful Presley Dude Elvis who does the movie years ,August 16 1977 Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, at a mansion called Graceland A dozen years later, a man called Biggest Elvis the oldest and fattest of a trio of Elvis impersonators galvanizes the sailors and bar girls around the huge US navel base in Olongapo, Philippines In their act, Baby Elvis who does the youthful Presley Dude Elvis who does the movie years , and Biggest Elvis incarnate the King s evolving life Their popularity grows in a tawdry, anything goes town, a successful act becomes than that, almost an obsession But there are those who think that Biggest Elvis has to go

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    1. This is a book I wouldn't have picked up on my own. It's going on twenty years old, it's by an author I hadn't read, and the whole idea of reading more stuff about Elvis (or worse, the phenomenon of Elvis impersonators) would've initially felt like a waste of time. But my brother talked to me about the book, and then he gave it to me, and then I read the synopsis and some reviews and realized the author, P.F. Kluge, had some strong credits and at least one other book, Eddie and the Cruisers, I d [...]

    2. P.F. Kluge is a magician. He can pick you up and plop you down anywhere in the world with a few well-chosen words. In this trick, he transports you to Olongapo-- the world's biggest brothel. Kluge tells the story from the perspective of three Elvis impersonators (and others as well), which gives the book a vivid and intimate feel. It is simultaneously a mystery, a love story and a slice of history--told with such humor and compassion that you will be enthralled from the first word to the last.In [...]

    3. Fiction. A depressing book, set in the Philippines after the US Naval Base at Subic Bay has been closed. It centers around a bar and its three Elvis impersonators, with the biggest, fattest Elvis as the narrator. Enough prostitutes and economic depression to choke even the biggest Elvis.Four stars. It might be depressing, but it's also damn good. Now that ten years have passed, I think I'm ready to read it again.

    4. A novel about an Elvis impersonator in the muck of modern life in the Philippines, It has a funny, sad twist that you definitely don't see coming.

    5. Flash, size, indulgence. Both Elvis Presley and America are hard to ignore.The three ages of Elvis are on energetic display in "Biggest Elvis," P.F. Kluge's excellent novel set in a Philippines town that feels the influence — good and bad — of an American military presence. Former teacher Ward Wiggins is the "Biggest Elvis" of the title, a 40ish man of late-period Elvis girth who follows the Lane brothers, Chester ("Baby Elvis," the pure, rockin', energetic early years) and Albert ("Dude" El [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book; the main character grows and changes for the better. I read the recommendation in Nancy Purls' Book Lust and that was enough for me.

    7. I bought this at a used book store a couple of years ago at one end or another of a long trip, and it never quite managed to get read. Given that it's about a trio of Elvis impersonators, how did that manage to happen? The conceit is actually the thing that's the most fun: the book shifts around between POVs, many of them belonging to the three Elvises, whose act chronicles the rise and fall of the King. There's Baby Elvis, who sings the earliest stuff; Dude Elvis, the jaded movie star; and Bigg [...]

    8. This is why I love books, this is why I love grabbing books from thrift stores Biggest Elvis is not a book I would normally grab. It had a gaudy cover with the name "ELVIS" is shiny holographic print. There is a picture of the real Elvis on the front and on the back, looking fat and sweaty. There were no reviews, very little information about the book at all, I didn't recognize the author's name. It wasn't an award winner. So why did I grab it? Because I read the first page. That's all it took. [...]

    9. I found this book in the Kenyon college bookstore in the faculty-authors section. The book has great description of life in a Philippine town that is dependent on the Subic Bay Naval Base for its prosperity, if you can call it that. The story is about three men who put on an Elvis act portraying three stages of his life, young Elvis, the movie Elvis and the bloated Elvis. In the background are the activities of the bar girls who hustle men for drinks and whatever. It's a big night when the "flee [...]

    10. I've been wanting to read this novel for several years after seeing a recommendation in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust. Finally I found it in the EBRPL OverDrive ebook collection. The premise is that there is an Elvis act that features three Elvises, the young Jailhouse Rock Elvis, the middle Elvis (movie Elvis), and the Biggest Elvis, fat Elvis, the main protagonist. It's a great concept, made even more exotic by being placed in the Philippines, in a city by a US naval base. I was a bit surprised with [...]

    11. I read this book about three Elvis impersonators almost like a Holy Trinity of Elvi in the various stages of the King's career marooned at a Philippine naval base years ago and it's stuck with me. It's both hilarious and depressing in capturing the effect of American and military culture on natives of other countries who are neither of those things.

    12. I read this book years ago - and it has stayed with me. A little bar in the Philippines has an Elvis Show. There are three acts, three Elvii. Young Elvis does the first act, then Dude Elvis, and it ends with Biggest Elvis. The real point is to give the touristas something to watch while the prostitute-waitresses try to get their business. We learn about the three impersonators, and some of the prostitutes and bar owners and staff. But then something starts happening - the show gets good. Young E [...]

    13. The last couple books I've read for the one reason that they were set in the Philippines were disappointing, so I was surprised by how much I liked this book. Given the setting in a whorehouse, I still wouldn't recommend it to my mother, through.I liked the story and the characters, and I liked how Dude changed but Baby Elvis and Biggest Elvis didn't. I liked the setting, and I really liked how the author captured the way Filipinos speak English. I wish the author made more of a distinction betw [...]

    14. Interesting book. I read this because it was recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason. I'm really glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book about Elvis impersonators was not what I would call funny. I would say that like the whole Elvis phenomenon it was funny/sad. This book reminded me of my one and only visit to Graceland. The whole thing was corny/funny/sad/even a little creepy but when we got to the jungle room, I was still like "Wo [...]

    15. Wonderful. As an aficionado of books set in the Philippines, I have to say this is the best I've ever read (even better than Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard, The Tesseract and Sionil Jose's trilogy). It's also brilliant about Elvis, in a totally original way. A joy to read (except for the fact that it makes me sick when someone writes something that I really wish I'd written, if only I had the talent and imagination).

    16. Great little story about the oldest member of an Elvis trio (young Elvis, come-back tour Elvis, and Vegas Elvis--aka, Biggest Elvis) in a crappy Navy town in the Philippines. Told from several points of view, Biggest Elvis weaves a story of hope and love in a place where you least expect to find it.

    17. A fictional story which will teach you a lot. I don't know anything about the Philippines or the US military presence there but this novel helps to educate a little. I thought the story was so interesting and a very fast read.

    18. Honestly, not fair to mark the book as read, because I gave it a fair shot and just couldn't hang. Maybe it was too cool for me? I made it to about page 50 and then had to move on.

    19. Well worth reading. Beautifully written, sad but not gloomy. You end up with admiration for the characters who are all, in their individual ways, striving for a better life.

    20. A friend defining book. About Elvis, love, life, exploitation, the military, music, servatude it is rollicking, sad, funny, serious, informative and quirky.l at the same time

    21. What is the meaning of life and how do you make your life count when it doesn't turn out the way you wanted it to?

    22. I loved this book. Kluge's descriptions of early-90s Philippines are so good you can smell it. Thematically multi-layered. Also a great "expat" read. Highly recommended.

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