A Socko Performance of Tragedy, Romance, Ambition and Comedy

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In Non-sync, Tabs and Cream Soda, Phil Rosen takes us to his world of austerity and poverty in post war Merseyside. A bizarre childhood of illness sees P.C. Rosen bedridden or confined to a wheelchair during the war years. There is real warmth without sentimentality in this book, particularly in the array of characters that pass through his life, providing many comedic moments, disastrous attempts at romance and friendships. However, the heart of this story is Phil's quiet determination to make a better life for himself, and broaden his horizons. The book concludes as Phil goes on to pursue a career in electrical engineering and as a reader I was left wanting more. A thoroughly enjoyable read and heart warming book.

This book by P.C. Rosen deserves to be read by anyone interested in the life as it was during the forties and fifties. Rosen's narrative is both engaging, humorous and entirely readable.

In Non-sync, Tabs and Cream Soda, Phil Rosen takes us to his world of austerity and poverty in post war Merseyside. A bizarre childhood of illness sees him bedridden or confined to a wheelchair during the war years. His father's early death and mother's eccentricities and frequent plunges into mental illness leave him entering adulthood uneducated and naive about the world. But this is no misery memoir. Our hero Phil makes no complaint about the hand life dealt him, and goes on to become a cinema projectionist, learning his trade in the unglamorous fleapit which is King's Picture House. In this `shrine of initiation' he takes us through all the intricacies of the projectionist's job, during cinema's heyday. The long working hours and terrible pay are enough to make us shudder today, and Phil gives us a clear view into the grim realities of life in Britain still restrained by rationing.
There is real warmth without sentimentality in this book, particularly in the array of characters that pass through his life, providing many comedic moments, disastrous attempts at romance, and friendships. The heart of this story is Phil's quiet determination to make a better life for himself, and broaden his horizons.
The book concludes as Phil goes on to pursue a career in electrical engineering and as a reader I was left wanting more.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and heart warming book.

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