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Posted July 6, 2007
I had high hopes for this book and was looking forward to busting a gut laughing at Harmon Leon's misadventures. He couldn't have picked locales that were riper for hilarity than his chosen destinations. Cockfights in Louisiana! The Liberace Museum in Vegas! An Iraq war simulation in Twentynine Palms, CA! The problem with this book is the same one that National Lampoon Magazine had in its later years. It's not funny. It's not even sick. It's just mean, and occasionally stupid. Leon needs to realize that the root of humor is not just finding something or someone to pick on, but to find the humanity in the bizarre. By simply slamming everything he sees, he ruins the opportunity to find some higher truth that leaves us laughing with the people he meets, not simply mocking them. Leon tries to fit in and move amongst those he believes to be the Great Unwashed of America, but it's obvious he's holding himself so far above his subjects that he can't find any humor in the things he sees, only condescension. It's just not funny at all, only kind of sad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.