- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (June 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595451276
- ISBN-13: 978-0595451272
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,437,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Donald Capone is a designer of children?s novelty books. His short stories have appeared in Edgar Literary Magazine, Word Riot, and Thieves Jargon, as well as the anthologies See You Next Tuesday and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction. email@example.com
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Top customer reviews
I was prepared to laugh about this book. The idea of finding the perfect place for peace and quiet and relaxation after a busy day of work is right at the top of my list. The idea of dressing up as an old man in order to get into affordable housing filled with peace and quiet- I expected to laugh about and giggle about.
I did not.
If it wasn't going to be interesting, I thought it might be a commentary on the lives of the elderly and some of their ongoing problems and their needs.
This is not a wonderful book. It is the final chapters that hold it together and make the book be anything more than just a well written book about a selfish man.
The book is written in first person and the main character comes across as selfish and self serving. It is not until he is an old man that he is able to reflect on the mistakes he made that he at least redeems himself a little bit.
The main character is preoccupied with sex. He says that he is born with a condition that makes him this way. Fine and dandy. But I certainly didn't need to read about the times he was in bed with his ex girlfriend, his theory about sex and so on. It wasn't titillating, it was not sexy, it was not fascinating. It was written very matter of fact but sex entered into the mind of this character quite a bit.
Many of the other characters are not developed. Even the romantic interest of this character is not well developed and she sounded like a fascinating person. His 'best friend' in the home also seems like a fascinating man with lots of history to share. Instead the main character watches TV with him and talks about viagra with him.
I really wanted to like this book. I'd read others by this author. I think he can probably write creative, fascinating stories. I think the premise could have been interesting, fascinating and gone in a lot of different directions. However, it seemed to stay in the gutter much of the time and even that wasn't interesting.
Ultimately, the "youngster" wearing makeup and donning a gray wig finds friendship, romance and genuine love. The bonds he makes during his life of deception lead him to discover new truths about himself, but not before hurting the very people whose trust he unintentionally betrays.
Only filmmaker, Ron Howard, could present such humor as he did through the movie COCOON and its sequel. Capone masterfully captures a similar hilarity, but through prose.
The story works on many levels, primarily due to the keen observations of the narrator, Wayne Benson. Even the setting descriptions are expertly woven into the story to give it color and a clear sense of place. But it is the author's uncanny talent for allowing his main character to be candid with his thoughts that makes the story spring brilliantly to life.
If there is a criticism of the novel (and there will always be some) it would be that the antagonist at the turning point is only briefly referred to in the first chapter. A little more description of this minor character at the onset would foreshadow that which follows later on. As it stands, the opening pages are a bit too "perfect." That is, the narrator's "master plan," as he calls it, is just too smooth. A monkey wrench thrown in early on would go a long way to providing a bit of conflict and tension to pull the reader in.
After that, the book sings. I laughed out loud, especially during a certain love scene and the trek to the grocery store. I didn't want the story to end. I hope to see more titles by this gifted writer.
So, in a nut shell; I did not enjoy this book. But it stirred up great emotion in me. I think only a very well written book could do that. Would I recommend this book, No. Would I read another Donald Capone book? Yes