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Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
     

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast

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by Bill Richardson
 

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The Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast is a rustic retreat on one of British Columbia's beautiful Gulf Islands. Its owners are the endearingly eccentric Hector and Virgil, twins by birth, though not by nature. Their B&B attracts a particular and sometimes peculiar clientele of slightly confused and gentle bookish people. Bachelor Brothers' Bed &

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The Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast is a rustic retreat on one of British Columbia's beautiful Gulf Islands. Its owners are the endearingly eccentric Hector and Virgil, twins by birth, though not by nature. Their B&B attracts a particular and sometimes peculiar clientele of slightly confused and gentle bookish people. Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast relates the many stories of the comings and goings and doings at the guest house in Hector and Virgil's own words, including the romantic, improbable and even shocking story of how their mother came to conceive them. They reveal the origin of their large library in tales of boxes of books mysteriously arriving throughout their youth, offerings from their travelling salesman father, unknown to them in any other fashion. They detail how the forces of circumstance, in the form of their motley inheritances — a big house on a small island, an enormous library, an aged parrot given to profanity and channeling, and a dozen musical eggcups — led to but one conclusion: opening a guest home. In addition to these remembrances of things past are more recent misadventures, by turns moving and hilarious. Also included are excerpts from their visitors' book, Brief Lives, in which their guests describe the mysterious paths that led them to this haven of old-world charm that time has thankfully passed by.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Delightful, gentle and fluffy . . . bookishly whimsical pieces win over the listener." — AudioFile

"A delightful diversion." — Quill & Quire

"A wonderful book of quiet humor . . . anyone who loves books will enjoy the brothers." —2 Ottawa Citizen

Quill & Quire
"A delightful diversion."
Ottawa Citizen
"A wonderful book of quiet humor . . . anyone who loves books will enjoy the brothers."
Kirkus Reviews
Broadcaster Richardson, billed as Canada's Garrison Keillor, suffers from the literary humorist's bane: He shoots for whimsy, but ends up wallowing in cliché.

The novel, an elaboration of segments broadcast on CBC Radio, explores the background, opinions, and experiences of eccentric twin brothers who maintain a bed and breakfast on an island near Vancouver. An inheritance from their auto-mechanic mother, Virgil and Hector's stressless house sports a hefty library of books that Richardson deems worthwhile: Proust, Kingsley Amis, Iris Murdoch, A.S. Byatt, A.A. Milne. The boys have remained bachelors into their 50s—though Hector has a girlfriend, Altona Winkler, who writes for the scandalous local newspaper, Occasional Rumor. They live quietly with a cat named Waffle and a parrot named Mrs. Rochester, taking in guests who recount their impressions and stories in the brothers' guestbook. Richardson alternates sketches narrated by Hector or Virgil with guest accounts, each of which is identified as a "Brief Life": A woman recalls how she got her cocker spaniel; a lawyer reports on a harrowing New Age Weekend; a guest complains about Mrs. Rochester's cursing. The brothers' tales are less cloying, but they often seem phoned-in. "The Top Ten Authors Over Ten Years at the Bachelor Brothers' B&B" (Margaret Atwood, Anthony Trollope) and "Virgil's List of Books for When You're Feeling Low" (M.F.K. Fisher shares space with Vikram Seth) are two examples of Richardson's annoying list-making habit; there are stories about fanciful eggcups and a meditation on the subtle arts of reading and writing in bed. Flip-flopping in this manner puts enormous pressure on Richardson to be funny, which he almost never is, mainly because he's driven to celebrate the merits of a dowdy domestic life. Included are even some bad poetry and a muffin recipe.

By and large, a collection of cloying cuteness and failed wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864922533
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Btc Audiobooks Series
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.33(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Richardson is known across the country as the host of Richardson's Round-up, heard daily on CBC Radio One. A writer, broadcaster and raconteur, Richardson originally wrote about the goings-on of Hector, Virgil, and company for broadcast on CBC Radio's Gabereau. He has published eight books, including two sequels to Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast: Bachelor Brothers' Bedside Companion and Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book. Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, was the winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. A frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, Richardson makes frequent public appearances reading poetry, narrating musical works, giving keynote speeches, and signing books. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Richardson is known across the country as the host of Richardson's Round-up, heard daily on CBC Radio One. A writer, broadcaster and raconteur, Richardson originally wrote about the goings-on of Hector, Virgil, and company for broadcast on CBC Radio's Gabereau. He has published eight books, including two sequels to Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast: Bachelor Brothers' Bedside Companion and Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book. Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, was the winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. A frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, Richardson makes frequent public appearances reading poetry, narrating musical works, giving keynote speeches, and signing books. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

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