Practical Jean: A Novel

Practical Jean: A Novel

by Trevor Cole
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Practical Jean 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder if the authors family and friends see any comparisons they usually as a fast fod would be chinese import beef jerky
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Trevor Coles' first two books, 'Norman Bray In The Performance of His Life', and 'Fearsome Particles' I was eager to read 'Practical Jean'and was not disappointed. Jean, having taken care of her mother during her battle with cancer began thinking in very practical terms about her female friends. Not wanting them to suffer as her mother did, she wanted to give them her idea of the ultimate and most practical gift. Her take on her female friendship is a bit skewed, at times humorous, and sad. I appreciate Trevor Cole's humor. I highly recommend this book.
Casues More than 1 year ago
an interesting story line with even more interesting characters, Practical Jean is the story of a woman who would do any thing for her friends but goes over board because of her mothers need for every thing to be practically perfect, a great story of "friendship" from a maniac's point of view
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Humbee More than 1 year ago
This is one of those times when I wish I could conjure up my NC, high school girlfriends to sit around the living room and discuss a book. We would have a field day with this one! In fact, if your book group is wondering what to read next for a wild time, this is your best bet. Hilarious!! I hardly know where to begin to tell you about this book... It's just flat out good reading and side-aching laughs. The first line that hit me so hard I still can't think about it or I laugh out loud in grocery shop lines is: "...Grana, after she had snapped her tail bone on a flight of polished stairs..." This may not seem funny out of context, but in the reading, it welled up and hit me full force and unexpectedly. It was the funniest visual I had had in years! "Snapping" a tailbone on a flight of polished stairs!!! FOTFL I could just see my own feet slipping faithlessly out from under me! Trevor Cole has a sharp wit, a stinging humor, a sense of political comedy and comedy of manners. He can convey the real evils and the ridiculous in the every day, the death and destruction in a "butter tart that's the work of the Devil," and the heartbreak of an odd ceramic artwork that's too fragile to breathe on, let alone touch. His characters have charm. They spark with charisma. He has that uncanny ability to hone in on the one major flaw that makes a person stand out, and that makes them own up to the ridiculous face they put on in public, and he can show those things to us through his characters. With the precision of the tiniest crochet hook he can slip in a knot of truth and draw out the best and the worst in his characters before you can flick an eyelid. He couches the worst with the cushion of humor. There's a slapstick quality to his writing, but it's never cheap laughs because the satire is well told. There is a gentle "love the flaws and vulnerability" in all of us message in this book that's so endearing. Cole's inescapably loveable character, Jean, makes us remember the crushed dreams in ourselves. And, her willingness to sacrifice all in a frenzy of displaced grief is allegorical. What might any of us do if we let our minds loose after a life of creative repression, ridicule, rejection and humiliation at the hands of a mother like Jean's? Especially one whom she had to care for in her last, suffering days...especially when her mother had believed so strongly in and practiced euthanizing animals all her life! Much black humor goes on in "Practical Jean" but it's so very funny, and you'll hardly know what's hit you when the real trouble starts happening. Honestly, I'm still laughing about passages in this book. And, at the same time, I carry a very special torch for Practical Jean...she was only trying to help. Feeling sad? Get Practical...