The Bathtub Spy (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The story didn't move me as much as I would have liked for a literary work but it did have its moments. I liked how the author explained how our feelings for imaginary characters can be more important to us than real people. I loved how the main character's opinion of his boss changes after a bad book recommendation. I have felt the same way when it has happened to me. It was a good diversion for a few minutes but I don't think that I will be thinking of the story in a years time.
After almost a lifetime as a foreigner in strange lands, he now feels more of an alien than he ever did overseas. He is surrounded by geeky nobs, members of the spy community who play cloak-and-dagger by giving false names when ordering out for pizza.
The spies in this romp of a story spend more time playing computer solitaire and cutting up with a Nerf ball than they do spying. There's a saying where he works that, "You can spot the extroverts here because they look at your shoes instead of theirs." Tregwynt wonders if the War on Terror is one waged between opposing sides of nitwits.
Tregwynt who is six feet, five inches long spends hours and hours of his free time scootched into a too-small bathtub thinking and reading but mostly reading short stories in French or more recently Russian novels foisted upon him by his super-geek team leader Wayne Mullenbach. For Tregwynt, the bathtub is as warm and soothing as a womb. Reading in the tub for him is transporting, "This is my real life. All the rest is fiction."
Books, especially obscure Russian novels, also are a big part of his bosses' life. Whether he reads them or simply has them around for display isn't really certain. The Russian novels give boss and translator an odd connection.
The boss brings in the books and hands them to the translator with a firm directive: read this book.Read more ›
I did not love this story. It was way too short to understand either characters motives. Mayeb 10 more pages and we would have understood Wayne better or even the the narrator. It was hard to have compassion for either and the "twist" came a little out of left field.
All that said, Tom Rachman is still an amazing writer. His words are chosen with such perfection that its a thing of beauty to read. Again, not a bad story, just slightly underdeveloped. Then again, if I had even an ounce of his writing abilty I would be a happy man.
Paul has been brushing up on his French by reading stories in French, but his boss, Wayne, finds out and starts bringing him Russian novels with the curt and abrupt order to "read this." Paul reads them and likes them, but he resents this intrusion into his literary life.
This is a very good story, but I keep thinking that maybe I missed something. Paul and Wayne do have something in common and I think Wayne likes Paul more than Paul thinks he does, but the story has an overall bleak feeling to it. Paul made a few decisions at the end that might bring a little more hope to him for a happier life, but I'm not sure he wants a whole lot more than he has. Sometimes we think we know what's better for another person when what that person wants isn't what we want for them. I also think there were some misunderstandings, too, as in the Starbucks co-worker's perception of Paul's intentions. There just didn't seem to be a good wrap-up of an ending.
This Kindle short kept my interest all the way through, and despite my questions it is a well-written piece. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I'd like to read his book that other reviewers have mentioned.
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I thought the story was taking me somewhere, building up to something. Quite a bit of character description, but then it was over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WAYNE MEADE JR
Short with a funny conclusion. I find the author interesting. Would make a good short film. ........ ..
This is a good and entertaining read, but it took me all of 5 minutes to get through the story. I kept trying to re-download etc... since I thought there must be more to it. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The book was not complete. Most of the pages were missing. What a bummer! What happened to the rest of the book.Published on April 5, 2014 by Duane
Worth the few minutes in the bathroom that it took to read it. The authors mind is one a would explore further with another read.
I was disappointed after reading "The imperfectionists." I was expecting more out of it, probably my fault, it ended very soon after it began and truly failed to dazzle.Published on September 21, 2013 by Anna Galasso
Loved this and hoped it was longer. Well written and and it really flowed. Highly recommend and a nice quick read.Published on June 23, 2013 by Don
Short story with no ending. Could of been the start of an interesting book. I am not sure of what the author was trying to say.Published on June 1, 2013 by Dianna Kretzmer