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Everything Hurts: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, April 20, 2010
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If Phil Camp, the main character, who suddenly develops a mysterious, painful limp in Scheft's novel, represents the book's author (who, himself, suffered from an actual case of "phantom limp" while writing this book), then Fleck, who is created by the fictional Camp, represents something even more detached. When Camp writes under the pseudonym of Marty Fleck, he is allowed to operate unfettered, tapping directly into his subconscious mind to bypass the usual filters that are in place to protect not only himself (although especially himself), but also those around him. Marty Fleck is Phil Camp's id made manifest. It's no coincidence that Fleck's emphasis is on "baggage." It's the act of carrying around the baggage of our lives that weighs us down and cripples us emotionally. It's the act of carrying around the baggage of Phil Camp's life that has weighed HIM down and crippled him--both emotionally and physically. In the same way that physical toxins may eventually manifest themselves in the form of malignant tumors in the human body, psychic toxins, emotional pain ("baggage," if you will) can develop into cancers of the soul. Marty Fleck emerges from Phil Camp like a psychic tumor, a boil that eventually becomes self-lancing as Camp lies on a wrestling mat writing advice columns to himself.Read more ›
It starts with Phil Camp writing a spoof self help-book called "Where Can I Stow My Baggage." Unfortunately, no one gets the joke but Phil. People take "Baggage" to heart and Phil winds up with the enviable kind of pop culture advice career that Dr. Phil would give his self respect for. Guess we're too late on that one...
Phil soon discovers, however, that his candy-coated, feel good advice doesn't do anything for the psychosomatic pain he develops in his leg.
Along the way we're introduced to Phil's estranged (and strange) family, his Irish Shrink, and a real self-help guru who just might be able to heal Phil if he doesn't kill him first for dating his daughter.
With humorous and insightful scenes involving Phil's analysis, the romantic pursuit of his healer's daughter, his relationship with his brother and even the New York Yankees, Bill Scheft has hit another home run.
Scheft can make you laugh out loud one minute, then have you holding your head in your hands as you recognize your own foibles in his deft characterizations.
Enjoy his work. As always. Maybe this time the Thurber Award people will get it right.
As we follow his pursuit of recovery, we see Phil find an unlikely woman to love him into mobility. We also meet his polar-opposite brother who can literally feel Phil's pain, but can't help inflicting a little more for good measure. His helpful neighbor Elly brings a youthful enthusiasm into his life that he discovers had been lost, and his therapist, affectionately known as the Irish Shrink, helps Phil dig beyond the nerve endings to the root causes of his anger (and his limp), even decades into his past.
This work does a fantastic job capturing the dynamics of a man's relationship with the significant men in his life, the significant women in his life, and the sciatic nerve in his leg. There is brilliant laugh-out-loud humor throughout, but it never compromises the touching nature of the message. Sometimes pain doesn't go away by cutting something out, but rather bringing something (or someone) back in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was not humorous in my opinion. I found it egocentric, and pathetic in its lack of any major character development!Published on July 21, 2011 by Genene Kluck
Let me first start by saying that I did not find Everything Hurts to be as funny as it is declared in the synopsis. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Bookventures Book Club
I heard the author interviewed and found him witty and engaging. So, I immediately ordered the book with positive anticipation.
It was a struggle to get through it. Read more
There were a few funny parts but overall the book was drawn out and the plot was thin. It was so bad, I never finished it. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Angelyn Lane
This book was hilarious! The truths in our everyday life are what make such great stories! Humorous and Helpful! This book made me pee my pants it was so funny! Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Ami Blackwelder
I know I requested this book for review some time ago but each time I went to read it I could not figure out why on earth I had requested it. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Library Girl Reads
Phil Camp never intended to become a self-help guru. All he wanted to do was come up with the money to pay off his ex-wife. But when Where Can I Stow My Baggage? Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by Alice Berger
By now, most of the other reviewers have done admirable work recapping the highlights and salient points of Bill Scheft's "Everything Hurts. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Ed Markey