Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm George, mwm, 52 by George Everyman

I'm George and this is my story. It's not particularly exciting or significant, but it's all that I have, alas. Abby, my wife, is not very fond of my creative efforts including this book, I'm guessing, since she doesn't know that I have written it. However, she opened certain doors, so to speak, when she decided to sleep with her biking buddy. If she were to read it, she might be terribly upset with me for revealing certain aspects of our personal life.

I thought a long while of what I wanted to say about this book and have come up with the following statement: it is not what you’re used to. Not as a reader, at least. There is a vague sequence of events, but do not expect a linear storyline because you will not get it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a bad thing, just a different thing. The book is quite amusing, with many funny moments as well as pretty uncomfortable ones. All in all, they balance each other out. For me, it was a treat to read an honest, male view of a relationship, with all its ups and downs. It’s not that common and I appreciate the honesty in the writing.

There is nothing wrong with the writing itself except that it fits nowhere in the “genre” diagram. This is memoir/comedy/tragedy/self-help and it should be viewed as a mixture of all of them. I can easily say that if you are offended easily, if you do not have an open mind, then this book is probably not for you. But, if you do have those qualities and are willing to spend some time reading something far away from the usual, then this could be a very amusing book for you. It was for me.


Ann said...

I actually just popped over to say there's a little award awaiting you on my blog today. As part of Armchair BEA it was listing favourite blog day and I love reading your reviews - including this one! Sounds very intriguing!

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