- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This entirely truthful account of masshole debauchery and alien memories will probe the orifices of bad taste and leave you a shivering, but optimistic, wreck in the cold... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sam Vanivray
ha! this is a friend of mine and he is as eclectic as they come..unique and honest- funny and sweet-one of a kind guy i am lucky to have known-this is a good read and i hope to see... Read morePublished 17 days ago by wendy j
Reading this as a man raised in New Hampshire.
I felt Layden was perfect proudly showing of his New England blood
I quite enjoyed this little tome.
An honest stroll down memory lane for the author and the book itself captures the "accent" of Massachusetts. Read more
A lot can be said about this book but the first thing that pops into mind is its Fuhkin Brilliant. As soon as I finish the last page I was ready to start the madness over again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sam Wicked
The Boston Ranter contains short stories, mostly flash fiction, written in a stream-of-consciousness humorous style about growing up and living in blue collar Massachusetts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Mcbain
Full of comedy and complexity. Uses humor to explain the how difficult growing up is, and the dynamics of personalities that affect that growth. Easy to read and enjoy! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Beth Kredel
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