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Posted March 4, 2012
If I’m going to read a book told by a racist character, or a character with similar un-redeeming qualities, who is not incredibly likable, (but certainly readable), then the writing needs to capture all aspects of that character, not just the controversial apart. The controversy is here in full flower. Every racial slur against blacks is here (even Sambo and Stevie Wonder are used), and also homophobia, 9/11, etc. And while the language is delightfully florid, and there are inherently funny situations, they are still more serious than funny, and the laugh never leaves your throat. Like the movie HAPPINESS.
CJ Pops is a "half-breed" dairy farmer turned hippie extraordinaire. Despite all outward "pimp"ness, he is, ultimately a tragic, sad man. And, the reveal of this is the only thing let had be go past page 80. I wish I could be more objective, but, with all the bullying going on these days, it was just untimely. The negativity needs to scale with the quality of the writing to make it readable, and not even an amazing author like Patrick McCabe can take you far. It's like watching Nip/Tuck; there is no reward for the reader.
The only redemption is the use of the word "Freak" towards the end. That episode may make it worthwhile for you. I couldn't stop think about the guy who show up to my house, broke my friend's nose, because he thought he was my brother, and then killed himself a few months after.
Not an easy read.