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Posted September 27, 2007
Funny, Thoughtful, and What a Great Ending
This is an offbeat, witty story with some truly off-the-wall characters. I read this a few days after breaking up with my boyfriend and it made me laugh to realize that lots of men really ARE as shallow and self-centered as we women think they are. The main character here is an attractive guy with looks and brains but absolutely no SELF to speak of, and he ends up stranded in an old house with some odd but truly lovable characters who pass the time telling funny stories, most of which I liked. The ending is wonderful, and when I read the book's epilogue I realized there is actually a serious spiritual message in the book. There is some real wit here, especially if you know French or German and can see the hidden meanings in some of the names.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2007
What happens when a 'perfect' young man is stranded in a house on a rainy night with no phone, no car, no electricity--and no mirrors? Sounds like a horrible situation, doesn't it? That's what makes this novel so hysterically funny. Brian is about to turn 30, so he's already in a panic, and on top of that he meets five lovable weirdos after his car dies on him in the boondocks, and the weirdos proceed to turn his assumptions about life upside down as they entertain each other with some funny stories about contemporary life. The book's 'punch line' comes near the end, when it's revealed just who the five people are, and I wouldn't spoil it for anything. There is also an interesting 'twist' at the very end that makes the whole thing worth while. Except for the shallow hero himself, the other characters are richly and lovingly depicted, 'characters' in the best sense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2006
Lotsa Fun, Kind of an Anti-PC Romp
This very funny and very profound book takes our culture's values and mocks every one of them. The main character is a thoroughly smug young man with money and looks, but that doesn't help at all when he's stranded by a thunderstorm with five totally odd and lovable people. There are five 'tales' woven into the main story, each of them taking some digs at our Politically Correct world and all its foolishness. My favorite was the last one, which runs roughshod over psychologists, trendy ministers, and our whole concept of child-rearing. This was a fun read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.