- File Size: 4226 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (July 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008ISCKVS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THE DEADLINE (David Grossman Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is a self-aware protagonist, who lets you in on his love/hate relationships with his close family members; who easily discusses his cowardice; and who clearly maps his route to solitary success, with nearly everyone else expected to be a cheering bystander. It's not very often you get to see someone stare in the mirror and call out in such a clear and loving manner all the lines, moles, scars, and twitches that represent the internal ambitions, jealousies, and frustrations of a human life. While it exposes David, the lead character, to our own disgust and criticism, it also raises a mirror to the reader, challenging him or her to discover and accept the same careful examination.
This is a funny book, as if you meshed 1960s British-genre angry young men with Woody Allen/Larry David self-absorbed hilarity. You can't stop wanting to know what happens to David next (and mostly, things do happen to him, as opposed to David taking the initiative; I feel at times like David's frequent trips to the renowned Brazilian pastry shop at the center of this novel are like a late night TV host settling into his chair and desk ready to find out what's new with his quest). Nearly all of it is tinged with humor, both gentle and outrageous.
This is a book filled with quick, acerbic, and absorbing dialogue - you can feel the author's love for the back and forth between characters. In his first book - Forty Years Later - Mr. Griffel showed his talent for this in a furious exchange of emails escalating in tone, humor, and even danger. In The Deadline, the natural delays in conversation that electronic communication necessitates are eliminated and replaced with the close, witty, very human exchanges that occur - across a table, at bedside, during a dinner, and elsewhere.
At one point in the book, David visits with a Brazilian mystic holy woman, who advises him about his future. We don't find out what was said, but I think I know: David will live a long, reflective life, during which, from time to time, he will let the reader know what has happened to his dreams and desires. And he will do so with a constant comedic style. Someone once said that a sense of humor is just like common sense, dancing. David may not have a lot of common sense, but he can really cut a rug with the best of them. I suspect the same about Mr. Griffel.
To make things worse, Allison's favorite TV show stars the mega irritating Suze Orman.... "With her pixie frosted hair and theatrically bright teeth, Suze Orman preached the Gospel of Financial Responsibility. Every show was a bracing dose of reality, meant to help viewers recalibrate their financial expectations and goals." The last thing that David needed was a bracing dose of reality.
Steven Griffel's great strength as a writer is that he cuts through a blinding blizzard of anxiety for himself and for a generation with the soothing gentleness of humor. In the end it seems that everything will be O.K.