Kurt M. Diclementi’s Laowai for Sale is a humorous and effective satire that delivers both entertainment and hardcore reflections of the world today.
Written from a reluctant hero’s point of view, John Winston’s story develops alongside three other main characters. These characters were sent to China to teach English to young Chinese boys and girls. Still, in essence, they were the casualties of the burgeoning unemployment rate in the United States, which threatened to end the political career of the president. Unemployed Americans who were considered burdens rather than citizens were cast away to save a resident who, in a perpetual haze of lust and greed, ruled a country that was supposedly the most powerful in the world. The unscrupulous and ill-advised president took the easy way out, and John Winston and his new equally reluctant gang were unsuspecting collateral damages.
John Winston believed something fishy was going on when he met the other men: Colonel Kendall Kroish, a Colonel Harlan Sanders look-alike, was a Catholic priest defrocked by the church and a real Vietnam colonel at one time. Now sixty-two years old, the colonel was reduced to frail physical health, with an oxygen tank strapped to his back and a colostomy bag on his side. His mouth, however, was his most-distinguishing feature, always cussing like his life depended on it. Then there was Lester Washington, a wily-looking African American, the real West Side of Chicago representative who might have the Chinese reassessing American culture and language. Finally, there was Jeremiah Steinsman, a white-collar professional with a degree from Northwestern University, before his nervous breakdown. Steinsman fervently believed the CIA were unto him and that he wasn’t safe in China because of Chairman Mao.
How could Uncle Sam send these extremely unqualified men over to Uncle Chan? More importantly, how did Winston fit into the equation? It wasn’t long before the men put two and two together and realized they were betrayed by their own country.
Readers will surely appreciate how the story peaks and how it mirrors society. But even before the climax, there is no shortage of lessons along the way. Numerous outstanding scenes should give readers pause. There are witty banters, touching dialogues, powerful musings, and hard-hitting questions. Wit and humor are all over this story, making Laowai for Sale an extremely recommendable read.
"I liked the book a lot!"
— Kate, Amazon Reader's Review
DiClementi is an author who personifies Viktor Frankl's injunction that "humor is the soul's last defense" against the tyranny of despotic rulers. His first work, At Four AM, won the admiration and praise of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the iconic beat poet Allen Ginsberg. It laid bare the narcissism, and moral bankruptcy DiClementi saw in his generation. "Laowai for Sale," his magnum opus published in 2015, raised the ire of FBI counterintelligence who sought to disparage him in America and at his home in China where he lived in exile during the latter half of the Obama administration. Called mad by some and a genius by others, DiClementi's works all suggest that man is constitutionally incapable of ruling his fellow man judiciously and benevolently, regardless of the system of governance. The author is currently at work on a forthcoming novel that examines how political avarice has brought the USA to the precipice of disaster, and how a determined Navy Seal and his team will redefine our cultural notions of heroes and villains. DiClementi shuns publicity and what he believes are the propaganda mills of network news outlets and social media, preferring to live in relative seclusion with his beloved wife, Sarah.