Date: December 2002
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Notes: Some explicit language and violence
would happen if Walt Disney were not dead? What if he had been placed
in cryonic suspension, waiting the day that a cure could be found
for the disease that had threatened to kill him. Larry Pontius attempts
to answer these questions in his entertaining novel, Waking Walt.
old friends has kept a secret for forty years. Calling themselves
The Circle, they are the only ones who know the truth about Walt
Disney. When a corporate raider decides to take over the Disney
Empire and sell off parts to various entities, The Circle realizes
that the world built by Disney is set to crumble.
drug holds the promise of curing the cancer that almost took the
life of Walt Disney. After a botched attempt to steal the drug,
a meeting takes place with the inventor. Upon hearing the truth,
she agrees to help them bring back a legend. One of the members
of The Circle passes the torch to his nephew, Harry Poole. At first,
Harry is shocked by the plan but becomes determined to give Walt
a chance to take back his creation. However, someone else knows
about the plot to stop the takeover - and they intend to stop Walt
Disney. Permanently this time.
once in a while, a novel comes along that satisfies all your literary
cravings. Waking Walt is suspenseful, funny, human, and most of
all, incredibly touching. The last chapter is masterfully done and
hard to forget. Larry Pontius brings Walt back to life with aching
realism. He is imperfect, irascible, and endearing. Most of all
- he is human.
might feel that Waking Walt is too implausible, but I think
Pontius has penned a masterpiece. After all
"A dream is
a wish your heart makes."