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The Boston Ranter: Slanted Vignettes from a Native New Englander by [Robinson, Layden]
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  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RY8OLF6
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The Boston Ranter is a quick, quirky read. While the synopsis from the author mentions that it is autobiographical, the disclaimer at the start of the book states that it is a work of fiction. Your guess is as good as mine, but either way The Boston Ranter is an entertaining read.

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.
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I consumed the content of the book greedily. The fact that I am from the Northeast, and figure to be about the same age as the author gave me the sensation of almost being along for the ride so to speak.
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!
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Going into this book, I knew it was going to be an interesting experience! Look at the cover, that says, well, umm different? In the synopsis, the author says this will explain why he is the raving lunatic he is today.

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!
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book's description seems pretty apt as the author shares some random memories and facts about the protagonist's life that are organized into chapters with helpfully descriptive titles. The author does a really good job of flavoring his words with a Bostonian accent through creative spelling of common words while effectively conveying the environment that he grew up in.

The book is filled with ribald humor and language as well as numerous drug references. While I found some parts of the book humorous, such as the protagonist's philosophy on Girl Scout cookies; I was a bit taken aback by the account of an alien abduction. I was further puzzled by the author's use of the "f-bomb;" I am not morally opposed to it, I just found it odd that the author vacillated between spelling it with a Bostonian accent and without the Bostonian accent.

I am honestly unsure of how I feel about the book; I did not dislike it, but I did not really like it. I was expecting something a little less superficial and more in-depth; anything that would allow me to feel a connection with the protagonist and his story.
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I have to admit, when I started reading this book, the profanities and expletives had me almost stopping midway. I had an urge to write back to Laydon stating my inability in reading and reviewing. But I didn't. The sole reason was a book by an Indian author where words from a regional dialect were generously used. Every culture, every place has its own unique language and dialect. I realized this when I started reading the Boston Ranter's rantings yet again.

The story is a fictional memoir. Hence, the vignettes are sketches from a life set in Massachusetts. As I kept reading, I realized each segment to be a reflection from the protagonist's life.

The language used, is definitely not everybody's cup of tea. But the narrative is humourous. Laydon's vignettes give a view of his zanny life. And yes, due credit is to be given to him for sticking to the local flavour of the region to which he belongs.

To sum up, the book is for those who can look beyond the shocking language and discover a whole new culture.

P.S - The vignettes are worth reading at least once because the author has projected a new world as it is.
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