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It’s Keeping Up With The Jones in a book!!! Read it!! You will love every page like I did. Amazing job!!
This is my third Alastair Puddick story and still I’m impressed. I really care about his antiheroes, flawed characters that for some reason or other - usually their inner-self struggle with what the world throws at them. After George Thring and Freddie Winters, this time it’s all about Dave Brookman. We meet Dave and his family at the point when his new neighbour moves in, by some twisted fate also called Dave Brookman. Neighbour-Dave and his family are seemingly all that our Dave aspires to: ace career, big bucks, flashy cars, great hair, gorgeous wife - the kind of uber-Joneses that bring Dave’s world crashing down into a smouldering heap.
This, to me, is the most agonising, personal, gut-wrenching, heartfelt of Puddick’s novels to date. A self-imposed ego inferno, but surely there is hope for Dave?
I read this in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it! Dave Brookman’s life is great, he has a lovely wife and 2 children and a career he is good at. This all changes when he gets a new neighbour, also called Dave Brookman, who seems to be doing considerably better in life than the original. Original Dave made me laugh and at times feel really frustrated with him, I quite identified with his wife throughout! Though this is an easy, funny read, this book does make you stop and consider our constant need to compare ourselves to others and measure ourselves against self imposed factors. I’ll be going to read the author’s other books right away.
A witty and unique take on the the literary doppelgänger archetype that questions the constant need of human beings to constantly compare themselves to other, to measure themselves against self-imposed factors.
Alastair Puddick's novel makes you reflect on the human truth of comparing their self with everybody else, all the while offering a humorous novel that will give you a good time!
- Publisher : Raven Crest Books (October 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 245 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999780396
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999780395
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would describe it as a kind of reverse "It's a Wonderful Life", where the main character nearly destroys himself by comparing himself to, and trying to outdo, the new guy who moves in next door. Filled with humor -- as the main guy's escapades become more and more outlandish -- it is also a powerful psychological tale of the damage we do to ourselves by envying others.
I won't spoil the story with too much detail except to say that the ending surprised and delighted me. I read the whole thing in less than a day and enjoyed every word.
I also liked that the text wasn't "Americanized" for US readers, so it is filled with lots of Britishisms like the soft drink called squash and the public safety folks who wear viz vests.
His name is also Dave Brookman. And his life is so much better. His wife is a former model, his kids seem almost perfect, he owns his own business... he has the brand new Meat Master 4000! New Dave seems better than "original" Dave in every way and "original" Dave can't stop obsessing over it.
In his third novel Alistair Puddick brings a unique perspective to the standard midlife crisis by putting a original spin on it and adding a "keeping up with the Jonses" mentality. The result is a humorous story with serious undertones.
Not as much of an out and out comedy novel as the author's previous efforts but it still highlights his quirky comedic style.
***Thanks to NetGalley, Raven Crest Books, and author Alistair Puddick for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review
This is the third novel I have read from Mr.Ruddock.
Having decided his name was a gimmick, I read the first novel, killing Dylan and laughed out loud.
George Throng reminded me vaguely of the World Accoding to Harp.
I found it a lovely read.
I would have enjoyed this novel just as well, without the swipe at the President.
America is currently in the best economic position in a decade.
You might not notice from your backyard, but we dont take cheap shots at the Royals.
Not even Andrew.
Read it for free at Kindle Unlimited.
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This is the third book by this author I've read and, for my money, the most page-turning yet. I even stayed up reading it after midnight (on a weekday!) just to see if Dave actually survived the 'challenge' that he'd foolishly and drunkenly agreed to.
The novel is also brilliantly observed. If you've ever worked in a creative, advertising or marketing agency, some of the characters will make you roll your eyes... and the boardroom scene is something else. All in all a very well written book by a talented storyteller with a keen eye for detail and some clever plot lines. 100% recommended.
If you read this and don’t connect on some level with Dave, you must have missed something. An excellent read.