RETREAT FROM OBLIVION is worth tracking down, I found one through inter-library loan. It's a flawed first novel for sure, but quite interesting, especially if you're a Goodis fan. Certain elements of the stories (particularly the relationships) will reappear in later books, and he even works in some action passages that remind of his war/aviation pulp stories.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
> I had a nice surprise today...it's just come to my attention that there is a
> Goodis classic that I have never read: STREET OF THE LOST. I'd apparently
> always had this one jumbled up in my mind with STREET OF NO RETURN (which I
> have read and do own). Just when I thought I'd run out of new Goodis to
> read a year or two ago*, now I have a new one to look forward to. Love it
> when that happens.
> Ron C.
> * I've never read RETREAT FROM OBLIVION, either, but I doubt I ever will.
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