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I Woke Up Paperback – August 19, 2012
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About the Author
Jim Knapp, born in Philadelphia, Pa., was raised in Pleasant Mount, Pa., a small rural area in Northeast Pa. His brief notoriety came when as a young teen, he discovered a mysterious stone with strange carvings of mountains, trees, the sun, and unusual script carved in the upper left corner. The Knapp Pleasant Mount Stone is the inspiration for his first book, “I Woke Up.” “I personally have spent a good part of my life taking chances or leaps of faith if you will, especially in my professional career. Sometimes the decisions I've made have been quick from the hip and stupid, and sometimes they pay off! This book has some of those qualities.” Jim Knapp still resides in Pleasant Mount next to the family Homestead, with his wife, Maria.
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interesting and funny. Not sure if he was going for the FUNNY part. But I thought it was a good and
would recommend others to read it. I even got him to autograph for me at our last union meeting.
I really wasn't sure exactly what it was that I found so entertaining about this book. Partially, I think it was simply how wild and wonky the story was. The writing itself completely lacks the self-consciousness that generally flavors novels. It is just pure, madcap storytelling, honest and almost innocent in its lack of pretentiousness. It's just plain fun in a way that reminds me somewhat (and I am aware this is a strange comparison) of 80s movies. Anything and everything goes. Knapp is a natural storyteller. The book feels like something told over a few beers in a warm, cozy bar on a winter night, where you know the guy's story is half-full of s*** but you don't care because he spins it so well.
But, the appeal of the book was greater than those things. What was most enjoyable to me about it was the way that it so seamlessly combined memoir and fiction. The book is written in first person. It is divided between the action of the main narrative and the author/narrator's personal musings, which sometimes go on for quite some time. This is hardly a new technique, but what is exceptional about this particular take on that technique is that the introspective parts read like an actual memoir. If you were to take them out of the larger work, you'd be left thinking this book was somebody's real life journal. There are passages of the author basically bitching about work or musing about his kids and wife, his shortcomings and failures and victories, his simple childhood joys, that feel the way we've all felt, at one time or another, about our jobs and our lives. This authenticity is achieved so fully that the wild, wonky storyline and action feel like real events. I wanted the story's hero to win and finally get his day in the sun.
Basically, the story was fun as hell, and I probably would have given it five stars based on that merit alone. Unfortunately, there are more than a few grammar issues and typos that can't be overlooked in an honest review. They were most frustrating because they were all issues that would have been easily caught by a copy editor. These typos and other problems simply didn't need to be there. Normally, they probably would have had me putting the book aside unread and forgotten, but the story itself was so fun that I drove right through them. Still, they may prove too distracting for some readers.
If Knapp decides to write again (and I hope he does), then I hope he takes some more time with the copy editing. His storytelling is too good not to.
This book is an immensely entertaining romp.