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A Minger`s Tale: Beginnings Paperback – March 18, 2016
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One of themost purely entertaining books I have read, because everyone has a story to tell, some are just quirkier than others: Diane
Have you ever had a "bad" day, I mean a day where the world seems to belining up to give you a swift kick, or maybe toss a pie in your face?Welcome to Ribban's life. R.B.N. Bookmark's tongue-in-cheek, witty andsometimes painful, A Minger's Tale-Beginnings is theauthor's tale of his life growing up as a misfit in a time when theeconomy of his world was bleak and he struggled with the mundane life of whichever neighborhood he was living in, always seeking a little lively action, a few laughs and even the acceptance he rarely felt.
Journey through Ribban's life with him, see it from the honest and charmingperception of the man who lived it and survived, his sense of humorintact. From a young boy to a young adult, times were tough, jobs wereeither not the correct fit or just were not his cup of tea and hereadily admits it a she takes matters into his own hands with not sowell thought out decisions with not so wonderful results.
Everything in Ribban's life is NOT one big joke or one-liner, far from it, but itis in the manner in which this author uses his light-hearted hindsightthat we find humor in the painful moments of self-doubt,self-recrimination and even the sense of knowing he does not fit in.Feel the frustration, and be amazed at the resiliency of one boy whokeeps trying to move forward through the maze that is life.
Beprepared to identify with Ribban, or maybe an event in his life andthink back, maybe it's all a matter of perspective, maybe life'spotholes aren't going to bend the rims of your life and just maybe,you'll find something intriguing about the cadence of a flat tireflopping on the road. Maybe you'll learn to stop and smell the rosesthat grew out of that pile of dung you just stepped in.
One of themost purely entertaining books I have read, because everyone has a story to tell, some are just quirkier than others.
I received this copy from R.B.N. Bookmark in exchange for my honest review.
Publication Date: March 27, 2016
Publisher: R.B. N. Bookmark
Genre: Humor | Memoirs
Print Length: 245 pages
Available from: Amazon
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A delicious cocktail of hilarious underdog triumphs!,
Wittily written, punctuated with a greatnarrative style, Ribban's story begins at childhood and takes us through his various jobs and travel in the search for meaningful work... andmeaning overall. It is amazing to see that this is Bookmark's firstbook, there is undoubtedly much more to come, and after reading thisawesome first book I'll be the first in line.
I currently read alot and so it's even more rewarding when you chance upon a book that isnot only entertaining but has some true belly-laugh moments in theretoo, I raced through this book and was both happy to finish it for theenjoyment it gave, and sad that I now have to wait for the nextinstalment from Bookmark - he has at least one lifelong fan. The factthat this is the first review makes me think I am both privileged andfrustrated that more people haven't read this yet!
Bookmark'shardships and hilarity are great tales for everyone to identify with,each chapter gives a fresh anecdote of the next challenge he faces. Myparticular favourite was hearing about his months working at the hotelin Cornwall, I have faced similar episodes and so it was brilliant tohear how someone else copes with the randomness of events, and how theydeal with tricky characters and awkward situations. If you've worked in a factory, tried to better yourself against the odds, struggled for work, or are simply interested in the social political situation of England1970s then this book is a must, it will make you smile, it will make italllll seem not so bad after all.
A minger's tale is an honestaccount, from an honest gentleman, who has lived. I guarantee this is astar who will shine bright in the near future. Congrats Ribban Bookmark, and thanks!
This is an honest, heart-warming story of real life, warts and all. Put this one on your reading list. You'll be glad you did.
It shows how deprivation,sense of inadequacy and lack of ambition can affect a young mind andbring lack of self-worth. In this it's a telling document, as we followthe author through his early years - brutalised by a Catholic education, and battling against the trappings of his surrounds.
He's clearly a likeable character, and the way he describes his interactions with histeachers/mates/employers and how he tries to escape through things liefootball is entertaining.
At times the humour is a trifle coarse,which might put off the more delicate reader, and the book is pepperedby clichés, such as 'no way Jose' or 'you could cut it with a knife'-but it's very much that type of book, and therein lies the charm.
Apart from the occasional corniness, the book is well written with a lot ofskilfully handled dialogue, but above all, the book paints anilluminating picture of a section of England. It may not have theinsight or the human interplay shown in books such as Angela's Ashes,but there is a raw warmth in it that makes for an enjoyable read.
Early on the reader learns who andwhat a minger is, and the tale that follows portrays growing up in thenorth of England, getting schooled in the north of England, footballingin the north of England, and being unemployed in the north of England!The collage is massively detailed and full of memories evoked with suchminutiae that the reader is left in no doubt of the writer'sauthenticity and power of recall. Replete with puns (which I personallyfound inappropriate in that they changed the tone of the narrative andmade me too present in an ordinary conversation in which guys and galspoor-pun to gain attention), the book nevertheless covers a big numberof years, those that begin a life, a life that struggles to aspire andis only too well aware of failure while simultaneously succeeding (later on) by getting itself written!
The writer is not just there tobuild up these impressions and collage collages on collages. He is there to shape matters to make sense of it all. He is there to print hisrecord which he has done, to publish a book, his book, which he hasdone.
All writers try to write with passion and commitment (or ifthey don't, then maybe they should!) and R.B.N. Bookmark is committedand passionate. It may be that his episodes could be trimmed a bit tomake for greater punch. Maybe his style could condense and reduce toeffect. His book, none the less, is there to tell his reader about his,the creator's, life in England, and if its intertwining text becomesrepetitive, some may well argue that that is further reinforcement, andthat - far from detracting from the novel's overall craft - it gets thebook and its reader nearer to core, personal reminiscence. Elaborateart might well not have done that in so convincing a working-classfashion.
From the Author
Writing a book had always been a dream I´d had since childhood, a dream that took almost sixty years to realise.
There were times during the book I believed I´d bitten off more than I could chew once the doubts began to set in.
Fortunatley I have always been a stubborn SOB. The first signs were evident during my birth, my mother would always I was stubborn even while she was in labour!
I´m often asked what genre A Minger`s Tale Beginnings is. Whether it be a memoir, biography, fiction or everything in between, and to be honest it is not a question I readily have a straight forward answer to. You see in my naivety at the time such mundane thoughts as these never entered my mind - I just wanted to write a book.
A book is what you want it to be, like the old horse to water addage.
A writer can drive readers towards his work but he can´t make them read it.
What I am trying to say is my book falls through the catagory net...it is neither one or the other.
So ladies and gentleman may I present A Minger`s Tale-Beginnings, the worlds first Genre Bender Noir.
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Lacking confidence in himself, or maybe he blatantly excepts the fact that he truly is a minger, the author recounts his life’s ups and downs...mostly the downs but with every down, he shines a light. “I never thought I’d make it this far in life and that happy endings do exist…From an early age, I realized I was never destined for great things. The world would not be given to me on a stick, and the only silver spoon I would ever see would be a bag of sugar by that name.”
Absolutely hilarious read. Pure British comedy thrown with some Irish in there as well. Growing up with Irish immigrant parents, he describes times in the 60s and 70s in Manchester. He writes the book as ‘diary style’ and recounts the many memories he has growing up and why he became the person he is today.
A constant reminder that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and we all need to relax and just enjoy. Very entertaining and I highly recommend this book if you enjoy good 'ol English humor.
Early on the reader learns who and what a minger is, and the tale that follows portrays growing up in the north of England, getting schooled in the north of England, footballing in the north of England, and being unemployed in the north of England! The collage is massively detailed and full of memories evoked with such minutiae that the reader is left in no doubt of the writer’s authenticity and power of recall. Replete with puns (which I personally found inappropriate in that they changed the tone of the narrative and made me too present in an ordinary conversation in which guys and gals poor-pun to gain attention), the book nevertheless covers a big number of years, those that begin a life, a life that struggles to aspire and is only too well aware of failure while simultaneously succeeding (later on) by getting itself written!
The writer is not just there to build up these impressions and collage collages on collages. He is there to shape matters to make sense of it all. He is there to print his record which he has done, to publish a book, his book, which he has done.
All writers try to write with passion and commitment (or if they don’t, then maybe they should!) and R.B.N. Bookmark is committed and passionate. It may be that his episodes could be trimmed a bit to make for greater punch. Maybe his style could condense and reduce to effect. His book, none the less, is there to tell his reader about his, the creator’s, life in England, and if its intertwining text becomes repetitive, some may well argue that that is further reinforcement, and that - far from detracting from the novel’s overall craft - it gets the book and its reader nearer to core, personal reminiscence. Elaborate art might well not have done that in so convincing a working-class fashion.
With humor, Ribban tells his story of growing up in one of the poorest parts of England, Manchester. Life was hard and the people in it did not make it any easier. The entire neighborhood seemed like one big dysfunction from the way Ribban describes it. I laughed so much at his expense and antics, he wants the reader to. He lightens the load while still telling his truth. Sure, there were times he got to laugh as a kid but not as much as I laughed reading his story. I felt sad for what he had to go through.
It takes a lot of talent to make comedy out of tragedy but that is just what Ribban has achieved. I admire his courage and his ability to make a better life as an adult. ‘A Minger’s Tale’ is well written, full of humor, and tragic. It reminds me somewhat of ‘Running With Scissors’ by Augusten Burroughs. I highly recommend ‘A Minger’s Tale’!
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