Midnight’s Chicken is my first book and is based on one segment of my lifelong journey that took me to over 130 countries. Cal O Cal, the narrator and the main character in the book, is my pseudonym and my alter ego. The book is a sequence of interconnected satirical stories that began when a pair of beautiful yellow pants suddenly entered my life and we decided to travel the world together. What follows is a bizarre concoction of fact, fantasy, and fiction mixed with several real and imaginary characters including dinosaurs, Loch ness monsters, Gods, Genghis Khan, Buddha and Dalai Lama. The story begins and ends in Munich, which is where I live; and therefore the book carries a strong running theme of German life revolving around beer, cheese and dirndls.
The story starts with an insight into the bizarre circumstances surrounding my birth, my unusual education at a Chinese restaurant, my beliefs in edible Gods, my weird sarcastic humor, and my connection to Germans who refused to joke--all vital pieces of information for the establishment of my character as the narrator of the story. And then we go around the world from Germany through India, Burma, Philippines, Australia, South Korea, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Scotland, Portugal, Spain and back to Munich.
The reason why the book is titled Midnight’s Chicken will reveal itself during the course of the book. As a traveler, I used to write daily observational short stories on social media using satire, sarcasm and irony, which appealed to some people who insisted that I should write a book. Midnight's Chicken was born. As someone who lived in Asia, Europe and North America, I consider myself a global citizen. However, the stories are told as someone who does not belong to any one nationality, race, religion or culture.
Cal O Cal may be reached on Facebook under the same name.