Evel Knievel Days

Evel Knievel Days

Pauls Toutonghi / Feb 25, 2021

Evel Knievel Days From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming witty story of immigration and belonging false starts and new beginnings and finding out what home truly means Khosi Saqr ha

  • Title: Evel Knievel Days
  • Author: Pauls Toutonghi
  • ISBN: 9780307382153
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming, witty story of immigration and belonging, false starts and new beginnings, and finding out what home truly means Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel Half Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner oFrom the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming, witty story of immigration and belonging, false starts and new beginnings, and finding out what home truly means Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel Half Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce Khosi has never quite managed to fit in But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town and Khosi s longtime love uses Butte s annual festival, Evel Knievel Days, as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else , Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk, and travels to Egypt to find his father and a connection to his heritage What he discovers, in Cairo, is much startling than he d imagined it could be The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions and locating his father turns out to be the easy part Through mistaken identity, delicious food, and near tragedy, Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other, to a family, and to a culture The timely story of a young man searching for his roots, and along the way finding his identity, Evel Knievel Days is Khosi s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from, and who he is A funny, heart warming, compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and baklava Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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    1. 4.5 stars. I am not sure I can explain exactly why I liked this book so much. It's about a 20+ year old man, who suffers from OCD, living in Butte, Montana, working at an old mining baron museum. He is the product of a broken marriage, with an Egyptian father, who deserted his family with a crushing gambling debt. Khosi Saqr goes to Cairo to track down his father, and discovers much. It has elements of fantasy (ghosts), culture and cooking, deep familial love, regrets, physical and mental illnes [...]


    2. This is one of those books I would have never picked up as I have absolutely no interest in Evel Knievel (when spouse saw the book in my basket said "Are you reading about Evel Knievel??") and the cover doesn't exactly scream "pick me up and read me now!" so I never thought about bringing it home. However, when querying library staff for their favorite books of 2012, this was mentioned and to my delight found it is not only a wonderful book (so far) but it's authored by an Oregon writer! Final w [...]


    3. [I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. This review was originally posted at Iris on Books].Khosi Saqr has lived in Butte, Montana all his life. He is a tour guide at the museum, and he helps his mother with her catering business by tasting her food. As a little bit of an obsessive compulsive, he likes order in his life. Every night before he leaves the museum, he makes sure all the documents and pencils are sorted. When he was a child, he sorted the colouring pencils making s [...]


    4. Though I had a few minor issues, I overall enjoyed this book quite a bit. The author makes generous use of literary allusions throughout the text, which I appreciated and had fun with, and also made me wonder how many of them I was missing. I'm not a huge fan of first person narratives. When they're done extremely well, the point of view does fade away to the point where I don't notice it any more, but it wasn't always the case with this book. Still, the book at least wasn't written in the "pres [...]


    5. Couldn't put it down! "Western Montana's most famous half-Egyptian shut-in." I bought this after reading the Ron Charles review in the Washington Post. I've never bought based on a review before but that description of the protagonist, Khosi Saqr, caught my interest. I have little knowledge of Cairo, or Butte, or even Evel Knievel, so I can't say if they are well-represented. But the relationships are. A dysfunctional family, and a search for roots that turn out to be something else.


    6. Did you know that Evel Knievel was one of the FBI's most valuable anti-Communist assets during the Cold War—and also, that he was a WEREWOLF? That's the premise behind up-and-coming novelist Pauls (Red Weather, Vergebung) Toutonghi's Evel Knievel Days, a rip-roaring, red-white-and-blue adventure yarn that's equal parts James Bond and Don McLean.Toutonghi is obviously borrowing the Seth Grahame-Smith formula of retroactively adding classic horror elements to a historical narrative, but it never [...]


    7. From the critically-acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming, witty story of immigration and belonging, false starts and new beginnings, and finding out what home truly meansKhosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce -- Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town (an [...]


    8. 4 Stars (Originally 3.5 - Now 4 after I caught myself thinking about the story and recommending it to a friend :) )I debated between giving this 3 or 4 stars. I liked the story quite a bit, the interesting character development, and the themes it explored. The story explores a period in the life of Koshi Saqr, an American, who is also half Egyptian, and on the verge of adulthood. It is an interesting story of his search for a connection to his father and his Egyptian heritage. The story moves qu [...]


    9. Pauls Toutonghi’s book Evel Knievel days takes us into the heart of Butte, Montana where the story’s protagonist, Khosi a half Egyptian, half Russian American young man lives with his idiosyncratic single Mom Amy. She’s hardly the most stable woman around, but she’s a fabulous cook and has perfected Mediterranean cuisine so much that she’s able to make a living to support herself and her only son. Amidst a personal crisis, Khosi embarks upon an overseas journey to find his absentee fat [...]


    10. I received a copy of this book through the Giveaway section.I must admit that it did take me a few chapters to actually enjoy the story. The author uses a lot of detail, which I certainly can appreciate. The main character Khosi is witty, charming, and struggling with the mystery of his father's leaving. I really enjoyed the many references to Khosi's Egyptian background, which in itself was quite educational. It was entertaining to read about Khosi's trip to Egypt and the many struggles he fac [...]


    11. This book was received for free through First Reads.I will admit that the tie-in to Evel Knievel was not a positive for me, but this was absolutely not a book that revolved around Evel Knievel. It is the story of Khosi, an endearing if somewhat neurotic young man raised in Montana by a single mother. In his early-20s, Khosi becomes interested in his biological father, and sets out to learn more about his Egyptian roots. The story is engaging, well written, and heartwarming. I would not be surpr [...]


    12. We were charmed by Pauls Toutonghi and his first novel, Red Weather, one of our favorites of 2006 and a terrific coming-of-age story. Pauls writes with that rare combination of wit and heart. His writing is brilliant but warm, his characters original but knowable, and the story he tells in Evel Knievel Days is unlike anything we've read before. And what a title, right?


    13. I may be a little bit biased because I spent my childhood summers in Montana, my uncle was good friends with Evel Knievel and I recently visited Cairo--so this book is right up my alley. Also, I tend to love quirky books.Even if those things are not true of you, you should give this charming book a try. It's going to be a little different from most other stuff you read.


    14. A smart, multicultural comedy of errors. The relationship between the narrator, the young Montana-raised guy, Khosi, and his estranged Egyptian father is a funny love/hate roller coaster throughout this lighthearted novel.



    15. boy from butte goes back to cairo as a man to visit his relatives, adventures ensue, and terrible sickness, but he gets well,phew, and returns to butte, to true love. nice novel, really.






    16. This is an enjoyable story about a young man born and raised in Butte, Montana, whose Egyptian-born father abandoned him and his mother when he was three. He leaves Butte in his twenties and goes to Cairo in search of his father. The novel is written in a simple, conversational style and has a basic plot, but Khosi Saqr’s quirks of character provide a fascination as he reacts to people and society in Butte and Cairo.The story is told almost completely in simple, staccato sentences, the way we [...]


    17. Not sure why it took me so long to read this but once I started found it hard to put down. The plot was a classic story of the person who doesn’t quite fit in and goes on a journey to find themselves. The characters really drew me in, and the setting was interesting and unique. Throw in a rare genetic disease, a ghost and absolutely delicious descriptions of food, and its a winner! I will be searching for Egyptian restaurants in my area soon!



    18. My review, published in the Missoula Independent:On the dust jacket of Pauls Toutonghi's Evel Knievel Days, the viewer is faced with a visual conundrum: two pyramids and a palm tree, beneath which is reflected two Montana peaks and a pine tree. It is an impeccable metaphor for the book's many multiculturally symbolic tropes. The author's second novel is a trip through Montana history, Middle Eastern cuisine and the crises of growing up in exile from your heritage. "This is what it feels like to [...]


    19. For a satisfying and original comedy about the dejected American male, turn to Pauls Toutonghi’s second novel, “Evel Knievel Days.” A half-Egyptian and half-Latvian American who lives in Seattle, Toutonghi has a light touch that can dart between slapstick and deadpan humor. His protagonist here is Khosi Saqr, a great-great-grandson of the founder of a vast copper empire in Butte, Mont the birthplace of the eponymous motorcycle daredevil. Khosi is an eccentric autodidact who ventures out on [...]


    20. I received this book from a Firstread giveaway.I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but the title itself was something that pulled me in. Khosi, our main character, travels to meet his Egyptian father in Cairo. This may not sound like such a big leap, but Khosi has a mother that needs constant vigilence in taking her medication for a condition she has. Also, Khosi most definitely has OCD, and has hardly ever left his hometown of Butte, Montana.The basic story is one of self-discovery an [...]


    21. "I couldn't stop blushing. I could feel the heat of it rising through me. I could feel it filling my cheeks with a steady burn. Embarrassment tumbled through my body, and my senses all felt alive and sharp, despite the lack of air coming into my lungs, and I could hear the clatter of forks and knives and, a few feet away, the single elderly man who slurped at his cup of sweetened tea. Behind the wall, Farid's sous chef stood poised over a large-mouthed cauldron of soupyond that, beyond the exter [...]


    22. REVIEW - From the February 18, 2013 High Country News issueEvel Knievel DaysPauls Toutonghi293 pages,hardcover: $24.Crown, 2012.Khosi Saqr Clark, the narrator of Pauls Toutonghi's funny and winsome second novel, Evel Knievel Days, isn't a typical native of Butte. Sure, he loves Montana and enjoys the annual Evel Knievel Days spectacle, complete with its "American Motordome Wall of Death," but his neurotic nature ("the obsessive-compulsive's worst fear: the world infinitesimally askew") and his s [...]


    23. *Die Suche nach dem Glück*Die Sphinx von Montana ist ein Roman, der die Suche eines jungen Mannes nach seinem Vater erzählt. Khosi ist 23 und lebt in Montana, genauer gesagt in Butte zusammen mit seiner Mutter. Als auf einmal sein lang verschollener Vater in Butte erscheint, um die Unterschrift der Mutter auf den Scheidungspapieren zu erhalten, da er angibt schwer krank zu sein, begibt sich Khosi auf die Spuren seines Vaters und reist ihm nach in das fremde Ägypten.Gleich vorweg: der Schreibs [...]


    24. I won this book through the first-reads program.What first drew my attention to Evel Knievel Days was that it took place (partially) in Butte, Montana. Butte drew my attention. I lived in Montana for a while, Bozeman to be exact, and went to Butte several times. I had a good time reading Pauls Toutonghi's descriptions of Butte, and the general point of view that people in Montana tend to hold of the world. It made me miss Bozeman a ton, let me say.Evel Knievel Days was about a lot more than just [...]


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