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Not Exactly What I Had in Mind | [Roy Blount]

Not Exactly What I Had in Mind

"It's my belief that sanity lies in realizing that reality is not exactly what we had in mind," says Roy Blount, Jr. in this witty collection of essays. With humor that's wry, dry, and warm, he delights and provokes us by confronting the reality of American life compared to the way we thought it would be. With his characteristic drawl (or "oral resonance," as he calls it), he reflects on John Wayne, the federal deficit, women's underwear, and more.
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"It's my belief that sanity lies in realizing that reality is not exactly what we had in mind," says Roy Blount, Jr. in this witty collection of essays. With humor that's wry, dry, and warm, he delights and provokes us by confronting the reality of American life compared to the way we thought it would be. With his characteristic drawl (or "oral resonance," as he calls it), he reflects on John Wayne, the federal deficit, women's underwear, and more.

(P)1986 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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    "Genuinely funny--like a Southern Thurber"

    This is funny stuff. It's a series of wry essays, read by the author in a Southern drawl, but not just about the South (e.g., how to get a restaurant table, what's weird about celebrities, etc.) It's terrific.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 08-10-13
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 08-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    I found it silly and tiresome. Just didn't find anything funny or enjoyable about his ramblings.


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    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 03-25-11
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    "The Timing and Delivery Are Whats Funny"

    I don't think this would be funny if I was just reading it. And I surely think no other narrator could do it justice. It takes the author's comic delivery, the exact timing of the punchline, the very thick southern drawl - and then it all adds up to being hilariously wonderful. I had not noticed this was published in the mid 1980s and kept being surprised at the names being mentioned: the American politicians and celebrities of that era, which I had not paid much attention to at the time and if I had, had long forgotten. It was interesting and fun, anyway, even if I did not 'get' all of the snide comments about them. Mr. Blount has a genuinely humorous take on life and gave me some deep, delighted laughs, which I much appreciated. In fact, I am still laughing.

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