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28 August 2010 @ 09:50 pm
#34  
This Book Will Save Your Life, A.M. Homes



There is a phenomenon we baby doctors have discovered. It is called the 'post-call binge', wherein, dazed and mindless after working the equivalent of three days straight with no sleep and no break and constant walking, you go into a shop and buy shit you don't want or need. That's how I ended up with this book. In my defence, it has a very tempting cover filled with doughnuts.

It also has a bewitching premise: an enchanted-princess stockbroker hides away from life in his mansion, never going out or seeing people until one day he gets a terrible pain and fears he'll die of it. He goes to the ER and is thus reconnected with life! Also: doughnuts.

At least, that's what the blurb implies. As usual, it lies. Most of this book feels like sitting in a noisy, busy cafe listening in on the conversations of a bunch of borderline personalities disorders have a competition in histrionics. None of the events seem connected in any way, nor is there a unifying theme. The ending, which seems to imply that the whole of Los Angeles is about to slide into the sea, is ridiculous.

Richard remembers the Bar Mitzvah - he doesn't remember Ben being 'husky.' He sat with his parents, his brother and his sister-in-law, and felt like a complete outsider. He sat with his parents while she and Ben sat with their two hundred best friends, and he paid the bill. He should have been angry, and yet he felt grateful to be invited at all.

Oh, and did I mention the main character is a twit?




Previously, on Book Glomp 2010:
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov | I'll take you there, Joyce Carol Oates | Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides ♥ | The School for Husbands, Moliere | On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks | The Famished Road, Ben Okri | Lord of the Flies, William Golding | Moby Dick, Herman Melville | A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway | Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell ♥ | The Sea, the Sea, Irish Murdoch ♥ ♥ | Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad | Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy | The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman | The Sea, John Banville | paddy clarke ha ha ha, Roddy Doyle | The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough ♥ | The Godfather, Mario Puzo ♥ | The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Philip Pullman | Possession, A.S. Byatt ♥ ♥ ♥ | Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales | The Mysteries of Pittsburg, Michael Chabon | Dragon Haven, Robin Hobb, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon ♥, Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby, Life of Pi, Yann Martel | Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier | At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O'Neill ♥ | The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt | Un Dun Lun, China Mieville | Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel &hearts
 
 
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