Archive for the ‘Humorous’ Category
Poor Holden Caulfield. In Catcher in the Rye, he muses, â€śGirls. You never know what theyâ€™re going to think.â€ť How right he was! In Elissa Schappellâ€™s new short story collection, the old blueprints for Appropriate Female Behavior — the name of a vintage etiquette manual, 1963 edition — have all been tossed away. And now the girls and women are forced to muddle through with the new rules: Be yourself but also be what your boyfriend, parents, and girlfriends want you to be as well.
Saramago’s last, indeed posthumous, book is a real treat. Brief, inventive, funny, it furthers the author’s well-known distaste for religious dogma by traversing many of the familiar stories of the Old Testament by means of a fanciful parable told from a rational point of view. Much like The Elephant’s Journey, it shows Saramago’s stylistic fingerprints in relaxed form.
First-time author Ned Beauman really lays it out there in the first chapter of this extraordinary novel, which begins with an imaginary surprise birthday party thrown by Hitler for Joseph Goebbels in 1940. It is an exhilarating, outrageous opening to a book that will in fact take a quite different course. But it is important as a way of establishing the moral parameters (and this IS a moral book) and freeing up an imaginative space in which Beauman can explore some ideas that are normally unapproachable.
September 13, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: 1930s, Bloomsbury, Eugenics, Fascism, Real People Fiction, Time Period Fiction, WWII Â· Posted in: Debut Novel, Facing History, Humorous, Satire, United Kingdom
Eoin Colfer? He writes those kidâ€™s books, Artemis Fowl, doesnâ€™t he? Whatâ€™s someone who writes really popular childrenâ€™s books doing writing a crime novel? Well according to the dedication, Irish author Eoin Colfer says the book is â€śFor Ken Bruen who made me do it.â€ť So we have Bruen to thank for this first book in what promises to be an entertaining series.
Perhaps itâ€™s entirely appropriate that their last name is Fang. For Caleb and Camille are truly parasitesâ€”sucking the blood out of their children, while using them primarily in the service of their art. â€śKids kill art,â€ť the elder Fangsâ€™ mentor once told them. Determined to prove him wrong, Caleb and Camille incorporate Annie and Buster, their two children, into their artâ€”even referring to them as Child A and Child B, mere props in the various performance art sketches they carry out.
CALLING MR KING by Ronald De Feo is an exhilarating read. It is poignant, funny, serious and sad. It grabs the reader from the beginning and we go on a short but rich journey with Mr. King, a hit-man, an employee of The Firm, as he transforms himself from a killer to a would-be intellectual and lover of art and architecture.
September 1, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Art, hitman, Mid-Life Crisis, Other Press, Psychological Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Debut Novel, Humorous, Mystery/Suspense, New York City, Psychological Suspense, World Lit