R.S. Gompertz


I grew up in Los Angeles, a suburb of Disneyland, under the bright lights of the sixties and the long shadow of the holocaust.

“Life’s Big Zoo” began in 2015 as a memoir of being a precocious, nerdy Jewish kid coming of age in the era of Vietnam and flower power. Like most memoirs, it quickly turned fictional.

"No Roads Lead to Rome," my first novel, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon 2011 Breakthrough Novel Competition. It's historical fiction, political humor, and a wild adventure set on the fringes of the Roman Empire in A.D. 123

History repeats, again as the decline and fall continues in the sequel, "Aqueduct to Nowhere"

"The Expat's Pajamas," my Barcelona stories is available as a free e-book.

Smashwords Interview

Is your latest novel, “Life’s Big Zoo,” autobiographical?
“Life’s Big Zoo” started off as a memoir and, like most memoirs, quickly turned to fiction. But, sure, some of the adventures and observations of a precocious kid growing up between the shadow of the holocaust and the bright lights of the sixties are close to home. I was too young to really participate in the sixties, which is why I remember them, but I was definitely old enough to feel both the fear and exhilaration of the times.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'll let my precocious twelve-going-on-thirteen year-old protagonist answer this:

"I’m halfway to thirteen and 1968 is already the craziest year ever. Rigged elections, H-bombs, riots, rock and roll. My rock star brother might end up in Vietnam and The Monkees TV show just got cancelled.

So much for flower power.

Should I tell my grandmother that our weird neighbor is an ex-Nazi? Nana survived Dachau and deserves a quiet life which, so far, I haven’t provided.

I may be the dumbest kid in smart class, but I have a really big idea: I’m going to return to the scene of the crime and avenge Nana’s lost family.

Garage bands, G-men, Germans and Jews. Laurel Canyon, where the nuts roll uphill. If the future of the free world depends on me, please accept my apology in advance.

Among the many wise things Nana tells me, one that rings true time and again is that God keeps a big zoo. In the summer of 1968 I joined the menagerie."
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Where to find R.S. Gompertz online

Where to buy in print


Quirk In Progress
Price: Free! Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Essay » Sociology
Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture! Have a Euro sandwich with a side of Americana! A collection of humorous articles and cheaply personal musings that cover the full spectrum from an app that translates Keith Richards into English to proof that Ringo broke up the Beatles. Disney buys the Holy Land! Chicago changes its name to Boston! Twitter success in 10 easy tweets and other essential insights.
The Expat's Pajamas: Barcelona
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A wise person observed that visiting a new place for a day makes you an expert but the longer you stay, the less you seem to know. From 2000 to 2005, I lived with my family in Sant Cugat, a Catalan village on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain. Most of these essays were written and published while avoiding work on my humorous historical novel, “No Roads Lead to Rome.”
No Roads Lead to Rome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,550. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Business, Fiction » Historical » General
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It’s 123 AD. Steeped in humor and history, this quixotic saga chronicles the clumsy schemes of an inept governor and his shadowy advisor, a superstitious centurion's struggle to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic, and a young rebel's reluctant vow to change the course of history. All are pitted against the Gods, the Emperor Hadrian, and the decline and fall of nearly everything.

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