- File Size: 1059 KB
- Print Length: 85 pages
- Publication Date: January 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RY8OLF6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Boston Ranter: Slanted Vignettes from a Native New Englander Kindle Edition
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I have Massholes in my circle of friends and extended family so the phonetic way the author writes certain words made the tales even more genuine for me.
Funny and often touching, the authors work is relevant on many levels. As a parent, a parent of a very intelligent child with some deficits, as a child of the 80s and young man of the 90s, as a child of an alcoholic, and those who suffer from various mental disorders. The book really touched me as a reader in general, as you can see the author is a great reader, smart , and probably a little crazy. I bet the author for the most part is a student of life and mostly self educated.
I am very excited to find this great talent. His style is somewhat reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk and Harry Crews mixed together, the content of the book has definately stayed with me. Highly recommended!
Some vignettes are humorous, some are endearing, and some I just didn't get. This collection of vignettes has an inside-joke, locals-only feel to it. I can imagine that "Massholes" (the author's affectionate term for his tribe) will understand and appreciate all the the jokes and colloquialisms.
I loved the parody on how people speak in Massachusetts--the dropped R's are dropped in the spelling so that readers get the full effect. Reading The Boston Ranter felt like people watching in a locals bar while vacationing in Massachusetts.
This ribald, entertaining and sometimes touching read is like a lunch-hour visit to the greater Boston area. Be forewarned that it does contain a lot of questionable language, so if you're easily offended, this book is not for you.
This review was done in conjunction with Book Junkie reviews.
Well, I have a bit, okay quite a bit of a warped sense of humor so thought it would be a fun read. And it definitely was! I'm not from Massachusetts, but have been there, know people from there and as the author writes, I could hear his words with a Massachusetts accent.
He explains in short bits his life experiences and I found it to be an entertaining book. Short enough to read in one sitting. I'm not offended by bad language but if you are, you might want to pass. Fun read that I would recommend!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Layden!
But, I do know he is funny! He made me laugh out loud many times! That is LOL for you youngsters. He also made me wince, cringe and sigh with relief. He made me feel a lot of things. That is one of the hallmarks of a good writer.
I really enjoyed this book. His reminisces brought to mind some of my own adventures as a boy, I could really relate in many places.
The Boston Ranter gets a score of 4.5, the score would have been higher but for the handful of spelling errors I found.
I'm not fond of fantasy books, and I guess I should have asked the author about the genre before agreeing to read it. Having said that, the author is on to something.
I never understood who the main character was, or what the story was about. It appears written in free flow, without a plan, plot, objective, perhaps after the author had downed a couple of shots of tequila. It reads like stream of consciousness rambling.
But, the writing is poetic and pretty, and obviously the author has a vivid fantasy life. Given I'm not the target audience, I can only speculate on what the author aims to do. However, I do believe that with some training, editing and "reigning in," the author can become really good.
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