Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast

Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast

by Bill Richardson


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ISBN-13: 9780312171834
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/15/1997
Series: Wyatt Book Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 329,416
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Bill Richardson is host of CBC Radio FM's "As You Like It" and lives in Vancouver. He is the author of Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast and its sequel, Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book.

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Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lbradf on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This was a very pleasant read, particularly well-suited to the bathroom, which is where I read most of it. I enjoyed the balance of Virgil and Hector's observations with those of the guests. Every now and then I was startled to realize it was set in current times--in many ways it felt more like a 40's book to me.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 11 months ago
It is a calming, soothing, elegant, portrayal of the life of twin brothers who, now in their late middle years, have turned the family house where they grew up into a bibliophile's retreat. There is no TV, there are no nearby restaurants, there is little to do except show up, eat good food, and read good books. No the BBB&B (as they call it) is not in heaven, but it sure sounds pretty close to it to me.There is a resident cat Waffles, whose naming story begins the telling of the tales. There is an articulate swearing parrot in residence named Mrs. Rochester, whose appearances throughout the book add just the right touch of colorful zest. The brothers themselves, Hector and Virgil, give us their birth history (including their conception under the oil pan of a truck), and a portrait of their unmarried (and never married) mother who raised them with a love of books that has never left them. The twins give us reading lists of favorites, among them: "Virgil's List of Booksfor when you're feeling low" and Hector's "List of Favourite Authors for the Bath."In the story "Love and Skincare" we meet Altona Winkler, the local Avon lady, newspaper reporter, and novelist wannabe whom Hector describes thus: " association with Altona Winkler..has gone on for a long time now. It suits us both.It is relaxed and casual. Comfortable. In one way or another, we tend to each other's needs."Guests come toting bags of books to be read, or find an appealing volume in the BB's library. Breakfast is served by the brothers every morning, but guests, who are given the run of the kitchen, are responsible for fixing their own lunch and dinner. Lasting friendships are formed, and guests are encouraged to leave their thoughts in the guest book. In between vignettes from Hector and Virgil, we are treated to stories written by various temporary residents, some of whom have been returning for years.Virgil, who took up playing the bassoon several years ago, shuts himself in a closet to practice under the watchful eyes and ears of Mrs. Rochester. He also can recite from memory hundreds of poems he learned as a child, including the poetry of the town's now long dead reigning poet Solomon Solomon. This talent is especially well regarded since the local newspaper where the poems were published never kept an archives, and old copies don't seem to exist anymore.Speaking of his poetry reciting prowess Virgil says "I love the phrase learning by heart, especially when it is applied to poetry, because it seems such a perfect description of the process of memorizing words that have been carefully chosen and weighed and handled. The heart, I think, which is the home of all things rhythmic, is where learned poems go to live."This small easy-to-read tome is easy to love. It gives us literature, poetry, enchanting vignettes of life and makes us want to find this real Shangri-la in the Pacific Northwest. When I find it, I probably won't tell though. I want the whole place to myself.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
After reading this slim volume, I'm ready for a nice relaxing vacation to the Bachelor Brothers' wonderful establishment where I can just relax and read. The story alternates between the twin brothers Virgil and Hector and some of their guests. This is a book that will resound with book lovers.
tloeffler on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Hector and Virgil are fraternal twins, in their 50's, who run a Bed & Breakfast on a remote island in the Straits of Georgia in western Canada. This book is written as a series of "dispatches" from the brothers, as well as occasional additions from their guests. The brothers share their home with Mrs. Rochester, their late mothers parrot, and Waffles the cat, who got his name from an interesting adventure with a waffle iron. This book kept me smiling from start to finish. Highly recommended.
mckait on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This was an amusing and entertaining read. There is a place that is called Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast. It lies in a valley in a secret spot. The brothers are twins named Virgil and Hector. They were born to a single mother who sounds rather Katharine Hepburn-ish. She had a way with automobilesand was very competent and quite happy being single. She has sadly passed, but left behind the now fifty something brothers, a cat named Waffle and Mrs Rochester the parrot. Both of whom made their way to the B&B on their own, when it was just a home. There are brief descriptions of life at the B&B by each of the brothers, but also contributions bysome of their guests. Entertaining, amusing and poignant these tales, and absorbing, each and every one. The place itself could not be what it is without contributions from the group of locals who are equally as entertaining and many of whom are characters in their own rights. For instance the women who run the Rubyfruit Jungle auto repair business, where they get a great deal of help from the deceased uncle of one of the women . She channels him as needed, and sometimes uses a Ouija board to contact less familiar spirits. This is a keeper for me, and will be for you, as soon as you manage to acquire a copy, which I hope for your sake, will happen soon.
overthemoon on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Excerpts from the guest book in a B&B on an island off the west coast of Canada. I think I would feel very much at home here, where there isn't much to do but read, talk to the cat, wander around the countryside, sleep, dream, laugh a bit, take stock of one's life, spot the birds... or write poetry. I gave it one star short of five because I didn't want it to stop.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Brothers who are avid readers run a B&B in Canada.
victrola on LibraryThing 11 months ago
What a lovely book. Pleasant and cozy with plenty of giggly moments. I wish it were longer and its delightfulness could just keep going. It put me in a good mood every time I picked it up, even when the moments and musings were bittersweet.
autumnc on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A short and quick read, great for the weekend. And if you are a bibliophile you will appreciate the generous lists of great Canadian authors that guests at the B&B suggest. I also thought the stories about the brothers were hilarious, and definitely gave alot of insight about a relationship between brothers. Fun to guess which island/where the B&B is located if you are a resident of BC. "On Monday I decided to change my name and move to Mexico. But the next day was Tuesday. Ever notice how the world can seem different on Tuesday?"
SqueakyChu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute little book. It's about Hector and Virgil, middle age fraternal twin brothers who run a bed and breakfast in Canada. Inside their cozy B&B guests can find a cat named Waffle, a feisty parrot named Mrs. Rochester, and many books with recommendations. This book is written in such a way as to make this B&B seem as if it were a real place. In fact, a friend of mine who read this book wanted to know where the B&B was and didn¿t believe the place was fictitious! Since it really doesn¿t exist, I'll just have to be content with Bill Richardson¿s funny story, the muffin recipe, the poetry by Solomon Solomon and quite a few noteworthy quotes that I had stop and write down in the midst of reading this book. Here is just the kind of quick and enjoyable read that¿s great to pass along to friends who are in need of light and thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite sentence in this book is when a character describes himself and his guests as "gentle, bookish, and ever so slightly confused." This book will be loved by people who feel they too are "gentle, bookish, and ever so slightly confused." It is truly a gentle book. It is relaxing, refreshing, and if you are a book lover you feel you are among friends while you read. I laughed out loud two or three times, especially at the part where the characters discover music's effect on the rate that chickens lay eggs. It's an easy quick read, and it definitely made me want to stay at a bed & breakfast like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I didn't see the Kirkus review until after reading Bachelor Brothers because I would have hated to miss this gem. It's wonderfully charming, alternately funny and bittersweet. I zipped through it in two afternoons, and then immediately went back to page one for an encore. It's a lovely book that I heartily recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over the expanse of a month. Everytime I slipped into the bath I read a little section here and there. Each story was either fun, informative, or just relavent to reading a book. It made for easy relaxation, and the brothers and thier many guest were wonderful to read about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget Kirkus. It's their job to be critical (i.e. negative). This book is worth reading, worth owning to read again some day, and worth giving to others.