- File Size: 821 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Karen Jones; 2 edition (January 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009EK1GPU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,183,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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A man who, after losing his home and business in the midwest, becomes convinced that Los Angeles, a cities he has never visited and has no contacts in is the answer to his family's problems.
Half of the book is devoted to the family moving out of the home and vacationing their way to one of the most expensive cities in the country. Along the way it becomes increasingly clear why the family could not pay for their home: every Apple gadget under the sun, cell data plans, handbag obsessions, and an expensive vegetarian diet/ Whole Foods obsession.
Upon arrival in the LA, the father remains convinced that the city is the answer to their prayers....despite his inability to get a job (something that may have to do with his impression that a T-shirt is appropriate interview attire), his wife's low paying part time job, and their ever dwendling savings account (living in a hotel and eating out the whole time would do that).
Eventually the man becomes convinced that he needs to take drastic measures to make some money. At this point I thought SOMETHING might happen- it did not. At some point I thought he might realize that LA was a bad idea- he did not. At least his wife does, insisting the family move back to the midwest before they lose all their savings.
Back home they move into an apartment that looks suprisingly like their old home and everything seems to go back to normal, but its too normal, too perfect. Thus our horribly unlikable main character becomes convinced that this is not reality and takes drastic measures to return to the real world. Does it work? No idea, the story just ends.
To call this man an "entirely sane man" is an utter lie-
A "sane man" does not move his family to an extremely expensive city with no job prospects.
A "sane man" does not continue to go to job interviews in a t-shirt (he's in his 30s or 40s!) after repeated negative responses from interviewers- at least buy a polo shirt!
A "sane man" does not continue to think everything is going well as he goes on fewer and fewer interviews, never gets a job, and the living situation sucks his family's savings dry.
A "sane man" eventually realizes that his fantasy city is just that- a fantasy and looks for a job where the jobs are.
This man is not "entirely sane." He is entirely selfish.