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CPR for Dummies Paperback – June 9, 2008
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Briefly, on the last day on earth (think "Armageddon"), a sexually voracious woman and her boyfriend get trapped in a church with a priest and his small congregation, who divulge their stories as the world outside them gets crazier and the meteor gets closer. Climax of the book is a three-way orgasm in a confessional.
And that climax is previewed by Mickey himself. At the beginning of the book he tells you, in italics and parentheses, that it's going to happen. This is CPR for Dummies' central conceit -- no-nonsense meta comments from the author. (He even puts them in the back-of-the-book copy.)
They're the best thing about the book. They come at the end of every chapter (and the chapters are short an readable) -- for example, I'm almost done writing this paragraph.
(it wasn't very good, was it? You're probably bored already and clicking off to another site.)
Mickey Z's meta strategy becomes addictive; after a while you're waiting for his out-of-the-box comments, which often reveal which of the book's many entertaining anecdotes actually happened to him. When I (tried to) read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I got caught up in the preface. The first sentence: "It is not necessary to read the preface." Well, I thought, that's annoying -- it's probably not necessary to read the whole book. And I put it town.
Mickey Z's meta strategies are MUCH more palatable. When you finish this book, you feel like you know him, and you also feel like you've been through a long, strange trip to obliteration.
I liked this book... I'm just sure if everyone else will. Giving it a five star rating is something I'm almost hesitant to do... but after all... I am judging the book on how much I enjoyed reading it... and that was one whole hell of a lot.
CPR for Dummies isn't really a novel... it's not really even fiction... it's a story wrapped in a psychic storm of fact, fiction, opinions, and intercourse. It's a stream-of-consciousness designed for you to choke on. And swallow.
It's also (whatever it is) very funny...
Mickey Z's viewpoint is not always a popular one (or one I always agree with) but what can I say... I like a guy who asks questions. Consider the possibility that you may be (on occasion) wrong... and you might learn something.
Maybe even how to win a fight...
Janie, a girl who works for a magazine called Naughty and is a bit obsessed with sex, finds herself in a predicament when she walks into a church to get directions on her way to an audition and instead, finds a small group of religious fanatics who think she's the second coming of Christ. Led by Father Gil, a less-than-holy priest, this eccentric bunch will not allow her to leave, continue to call her J.C., and ask her all sorts of outrageous questions. Janie's answer...to lead them into the arms of sin. Oh, and let's not forget to mention that the world is about to end while all this is going on.
The positives: I like the characters, while ridiculous and somewhat far-fetched. Not much character development, but the story is so short (the span of a few hours, that it doesn't lend itself to that). The plot, while meager, was interesting and comical. I also enjoyed some of the political rhetoric in the book, especially toward to the end.
The negatives: Had the author solely focused on the story at hand and left out all the snippets of history, politics, unrelated side stories, unnecessary tests, etc...this book would have been the size of a pamphlet. I got REALLY sick and tired of the constant cutting away from the story. The author's personal interjections in parentheses, while whimsical at the beginning, got severely old and annoying after about page 10. It felt like the author was trying way too hard to be witty, but really it just came off as bad writing. There was far too much unrelated information that didn't seem to matter one way or the other to anything that happened in the story. I won't say that some of the side notes didn't relate indirectly, but at least 75% should have been removed.Read more ›
- Levi Asher, Literary Kicks
"Mickey Z. has thought a lot about politics and a lot about sex. He's thought about politics while having sex, and about sex while having politics. As a result, Mr. Z. has written an orgasmic Left revolt-book! I am surprised that I liked the novel, actually. I didn't know that I enjoyed anything written after 1931."
-- Sparrow, poet and presidential candidate
"Mickey Z.'s CPR for Dummies is a ribald collage of styles, points of view, and blasphemies. Written loosely in the style of a play, the novel includes the author as a character, a sex-crazed priest and a confession-booth orgy to rival the best of Rabelais. Both satiric and insightful, the book manages to invoke both Armageddon and optimism. With politics sure to rile even the most self-righteous liberal, Mickey pulls off a tour de force -- a textbook within a play within a parody within an urban memoir. It is a book that is as tongue in cheek as Vonnegut and Bukowski -- funny, sexy, surprising and entirely iconoclastic."
-- Christine Hamm, author of "The Transparent Dinner"
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