- File Size: 1344 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H37PTXQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm the one who taped Aaron Rath to the wall of German house with rolls upon rolls of duct tape, somewhere between Spring of 1994 and Spring of 1995, as recollection served.
And after two semi-autobiographical novels, what do I get? A big goose egg. Nothing.
I'm at peace with this fact, after years of cleanses, yoga, therapy, and walkabouts.
That all being said, the book has a fundamental kindness, a coming-of-age novel for the period where we all really, truly come of age. Know that Mr. Rath is now happily married, his watch has ended, and he is as he always was (and is reflected in these pages) a self-effacing, decent, kind person with a mind-bending fondness for puns and anagrams, for late hours of joking around in both tear-inducing and groan-inducing bouts of humor. Having lost constant touch during some of these years, as an old friend I'm touched and filled with bittersweet feelings for the struggles, confusion, reversals and successes that this novel captures in real stories, and in amalgams of others, blended together in a seamless sweep of the wrong man, in the wrong place, at a time where everything was somewhat wrong, but there were at least apparently always countless cases of Old Style to cut the puzzle pieces down and paste them together into something like the tapestry of a life that made sense.
By virtue of an editor or perhaps as a testament to his natural gifts as a wordsmith, he manages to avoid the run-on sentences that have plagued me since my ill-spent youth.
A brisk, warm tale, one which you can know is filled with the true and honest expression of the author's soul and person, and one which will no doubt leave you with a smile, and something of a furrowed brow as well. Rare is the piece of film or printed fiction that brings humor without idiocy, leaving the thistles amidst the clover where it's honest and necessary, so to speak. There is no joy without suffering, no laughter without tears, and no learning without falling down and dusting yourself off. It is, however, at its heart a story of an optimist, at long last finding their level and their truth after a time of fog and confusion.
Congratulations, my friend, on your arrival on the august shores of Amazon, and may there be many more to follow.
The novel is brimming with unique and believable characters. There is a lot of heart in this book. Sometimes the situations the protagonist finds himself in and the emotions with which he responds are heart-breaking in their sincerity.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good read; but doubly so for any Gen-Xers who want to take a look back on what it was like to be young and unsure of the world and your place in it.
I think that a lot of brooding teenagers will relate to Scott's total lack of confidence when it comes to approaching females!
Good dialogue, probably one of the best parts about the book. Conversations feel like they really took place somewhere around in the world, not just made up at all.
Excellent humour, some real rib tickler situations happening
Not so great:
The pace of the storyline just didn't work for me. I don't blame that on the author, just my own normal read is that of a fantasy fiction style that tend to be faster paced.
Mr. Rath may not be our generation's Kerouac, but he certainly deserves consideration.