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Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole

by Scott Thompson & Paul Bellini

Buddy Babylon is not for those of unforgiving morals. That said, be prepared for an over-the-top, laugh-out-loud read that is so full of subtle humour, you’ll miss it if you read too fast.

Scott Thompson and Paul Bellini, who spent four years together writing for CBC -TV’s The Kids in the Hall, continue their wacky writing synergy in Buddy Babylon.

Buddy is the last of 23 children born to pig farmers in the tiny hamlet of St. Hubert sur la Lac, named after the chicken restaurant nearby. Buddy’s early arrival into his family’s convoluted world interrupts his brother Pierre’s entrance into manhood, from which Pierre never recovers. Buddy meanwhile, embraces his rampant homosexuality with pragmatism. “It’s true what they say about the gay life. It’s easy to get in, but it’s a bitch to get out.”

Buddy’s rise from the pits of pig poverty to living high on the hog in Hollywood, is a rollercoaster of gratuitous gay sex, hard-core guzzling of “Golden Wedding” whiskey with his lesbian friend, Kate, and endless lines of coke. He gets roped into a sham Hollywood marriage, ending up with a stepdaughter who has two heads, named Suzanne and Pleshette. His wife, Tandy, “doesn’t use emotions in real life because she’s an actress and doesn’t like to bring her work home with her.”

Buddy becomes so fanatical about safe sex, he even gives up phone sex.

Thompson and Bellini’s edgy humour, irreverence, and panache makes Buddy’s story an enticing journey, whether you approve of his lifestyle or not. Subtle innuendo is cleverly peppered throughout, “I papered the room with Anne of Green Gables wallpaper imported from Japan.”

In the introduction, Buddy says he hopes his story is “not too boring.” It is anything but.


Reviewer: Cece Scott

Publisher: Dell/Bantam Doubleday


Price: $17.95

Page Count: 272 pp

Format: Paper

ISBN: 0-440-50828-2

Released: June

Issue Date: 1998-7

Categories: Fiction: Novels