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I stopped reading here.
on March 27, 2005
I had high hopes for Biggest Elvis, since Nancy Pearl recommends it so enthusiastically in "Book Lust." Although I have no complaint with the quality of the writing, I found this book to be a downer in a big way. Kluge makes living in a military base in the Phillipines seem to be one grade removed from hell and I don't want to read about hell. Sorry. When I reached page 140 and realized that, despite some hanging plot threads, that I really didn't give a damn what happened to any of the characters, I forced myself to return "Biggest Elvis" to the library.
I don't know if any "Father Ted" fans will read this review, but if there are, I'll say that I had a vague hope that "Biggest Elvis" was the inspiration for the "Three Stages of Elvis" episode of the Father Ted TV series. Having read nearly half of "Biggest Elvis," I can't say I see anything in this book that could have led to the Father Ted show, other than the notion of Elvis appearing on stage in each phase of his career.