Plymouth, MA, United States | Member Since 2007
This is beautifully written and beautifully told which is fortuitous because everyone should read it. It's not just about Scientology but about how the vast majority of young minds are filled with nonsense and then closed. The methods employed by Scientology are less subtle than other religions, perhaps this is due to it's relative youth. Still, the parallels to all religions are unmistable although they'll predicably not be seen by those still in a state of self delusion.
I loved it. It was well told and had me wanting to know more at every turn. It's real, a work of fiction yes but nevertheless real. It depicts war from the point of view of those who fought it, many of whom could not have felt celebratory when it was over, moving on with their lives, hoping against hope, to forget.
When I was a kid, I took piano lessons. Julliard pre-college as a matter of fact. Practiced ridiculous hours, no hanging out with the gang for me, the whole 9 yards of the ostensibly precocious but really one who is living the dream of a parent and pushed to do so. Anyway, one day, after butchering a piece by Bach, my task master teacher gave me one of his signature speeches about the great Bach. In a moment of bravery, I told him that I thought Bach sucked. This did not go over well. In fact it resulted in a domino effect involving more lectures from him and also from my parents after the son of a bitch turned me in for this heinous crime. I'm 51 now, and I've given Bach a fair chance. Honestly, I don't hold a grudge. But you know what? I don't like Bach. I don't enjoy listening to Bach, Bach is like an instant extra strong sleeping pill for me. And for me, though I have no doubt of his genius, for me, Bach really does suck. SO what does that have to do with Lolita. I tell you what it has to do with Lolita. People love to tell us what is supposed to have value for us. When a lot of people agree that something has value, they call that thing a classic. Suddenly, if you don't like it, you're an ignoramus. Having established the fact that I am in fact a big fat ignoramus already, I feel free to tell you that Lolita sucks! It's boring, the main character is demonstrably a perverted asshole and I simply found it to be a miserable, depressing drudgery of a book. It fucking sucks! So there!
What more do you need to know? Read this book! And I tell you what, I'm a 51 year old guy but this book is not just for 51 year old guys. My 22 year old daughter and I have a bit of a book club thing going. Our taste naturally do no always coincide. But she too loved this book. It's very cleaver, you won't guess what comes next and you will recommend this book to every one you know who loves to read.
Loved the characters especially the chic on the souped up, ultra high tech skate board but I found it difficult to follow, lost interest and baled half way through.
Ben Fountain has written a unique, intriguing and entertaining book. You won't be blown away by it, but nor will you be sorry you gave it a go.
All three of the Jason Kolarich books are excellent. I seldom have this level of enthusiasm for an author. But this one knows how to keep your rapt attention while making you chuckle along the way.
As a segment in a show, if you say "new rule" a dozen times, it's not so grating. But for a book in which you start every new joke with "new rule", after a while you want that rule to be "no more saying - new rule". Annoying the point of distraction IMO.
Furthermore, I simply didn't laugh much at this book!
I finished it which I don't do unless I'm somewhat entertained. So it held some appeal for me. But I won't be reading the other installments. It was well done and even well written. The story just didn't grab me.
I had no idea the author was a christian fanatic until I was more than half way through the book. It was a great disappointment because it is well written and had my attention. I simply have to give hims that. But unless you are a zealot for his cause, you will find yourself as I did, rolling your eyes as the evil Muslim spirits appear leading up to triumphant return of Jesus Christ to thwart them. The story doesn't assume that Christ is the only or god just that the Muslim god is all evil and the christian god all good.. It's amazing to me that many will read this and think - yes - this could be so. When Jesus makes his appearance in what was to that a point a compelling narrative, you will then know that you are reading a piece of propaganda.
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