From Publishers Weekly
A trod-upon nice guy is transformed into a ruthless avenger in this one-note debut novel. In the course of a week, London advertising writer Alex Fairfax catches his girlfriend astraddle his boss, finds his Jaguar sacked by hoodlums, is fired from his job and hit by a flying glass in a barroom brawl. Then, for good measure, he is mugged on the way home from the hospital. He reincarnates himself as the tough and narcissistic Alexander, intending to revenge himself on all those who have wronged him. As he puts it: "I am not a loser. Alex was a loser. I am Alexander. Yes, I am. I am Alexander." Similar renderings of this quote turn up all through the narrative, which makes for slow going. The newly minted Alexander starts his own instantly successful company, splurges on a designer wardrobe and wins Camilla, a snobbish girlfriend he showers with expensive gifts. Alexander gains access to upper-crust British society through Camilla's connections, and its soires offer some of the book's best moments; however, the outcome of their romance is swift and predictable. Sparling fleshes out her familiar premise in rapid-fire, telegraphic prose and inserts several quirky, stream-of-consciousness chapters throughout the novel, but no pyrotechnics can quite jolt the plodding tale to life. Neither Alex nor Alexander is a particularly sympathetic character, and his assorted friends and enemies are never fully fleshed out.
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In this loopy morality tale, Alex is a really nice young Brit who has every bad thing imaginable happen to him. His cool Jaguar is bashed by young thugs, and he finds his boss in bed with his girlfriend. Then the same boss sabotages Alex's career and gets him sacked from his ad agency job. He even gets hit in the face by flying glass in a pub brawl. Always innocent, always the victim, Alex picks up the pieces and decides to become Alexander. This new guy won't have to be nice, will always win, and, above all, will get even. He starts his own ad agency, steals his former firm's clients, finds a rich, sexy girlfriend, and methodically harvests revenge. However, when Alexander realizes he has become the kind of person he absolutely despises, he makes another painful transformation--and there just might be a happy ending. With a part tailor-made for Hugh Grant, this breezy, enjoyable read seems destined for the silver screen. Peggy BarberCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved