Chronicles of a Dissolute Youth in the French Quarter
(An autobiographical novel)
By Richard Balthazar
The book may be ordered in hard-copy for a price from AuthorHouse.com (2003)
In the early 1960’s, before Stonewall, before hippies, even before the Beatles, the French Quarter in New Orleans was a Bohemian enclave of artists, eccentrics, and/or perverts not unlike the Left Bank in Paris. (Next to nothing of that unique ambiance survives today.)
Told in many voices, including his own and those of friends and lovers, this is the picaresque tale of Tommy Youngblood, a college boy and sexy young faerie, who frequents the disreputable Latin and Greek sailor dives on the wild side waterfront of the Quarter. A dervish in the Holy Carouse, Tommy dances his gay way through love affairs and amorous adventures, celebrating his sweet, brief youth in a Dionysian debauch.