Customer Reviews: Biggest Elvis: A Novel
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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.
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on December 27, 2001
PF Kluge is one of the biggest Jerks to pass through Micronesia, and believe me, Micronesia has had very many. His books, under the guise of creativity, or some inept sense of journalistic integrity are really nothing more than racist pamphlets in which a insecure, white, probably older than middle aged male can regain a footing in the world of writing and academia after "losing" so much to integration, feminism, and post colonialism. His book is tasteless, uncreative, and annoying. His writing is full of itself, and shows it page after page.
A serious problem that has plagued Kluge his entire career, as well as many other authors of the Pacifc (not from the Pacific), is there assumptions that merely because they are white, educated, and have been there, they are experts on cultures, peoples, societies, anything. This book, as well as "The Edge of PAradise" are both written as "histories," in that Kluge proclaims to know everything about these places, despite the fact that errors persist everywhere, from place names, to dates and statistics.
I warn you, do not purchase this book unless you revel in the degredation of other cultures, because all this book exposes, is Kluge's racism as well as disdain for culture and peoples he believes to be beneath him.
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