« Freight Train » by J. C. Sutcliffe
in The Times Literary Supplement, London, March 1st, 2017
Hungary–Hollywood Express opens with a glorious seven-page riff cataloguing a life, a combination of Radiohead’s “Fitter, Happier” and the “Choose life” monologue from Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. Teenage angst, we learn, never disappears but simply gets buried under the accreted layers of duty, responsibility and experience.
« A short book about what makes a life, and the American 20th century. »
Jade COLBERT about Hungary-Hollywood Express, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Dec. 30, 2016.
«What keeps it all grounded is the man in the middle of it all: Somehow, despite being little more than a cipher in Plamondon’s design, Weissmuller emerges vividly on the page, his plight a thing of true pathos, his life’s arc no less painfully human for serving as an archetypal 20th century odyssey.»
— Ian McGillis about Hungary-Hollywood Express, Montreal Gazette, December 9, 2016
« I think [Hungary-Hollywood Express] epitomises a lot of what’s right with Quebec literature at the minute. »
— Peter McCambridge
Québec Reads, November 2016