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No Hope for Gomez! Paperback – January 12, 2010
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Much of the richness of this book lies in its jocular conversational bantering and some extremely witty and clever writing. --Book Pleasures, March 4, 2010
Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature. --California Chronicle
The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius. --Readers Favorite
A quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason, and smashes against the wall of detective novels. It's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form. --Book Review
A very funny book; a veritable page turner of nonstop laughs. Buy a copy and find out for yourself! --Reader Views
From the Inside Flap
I was stunned. Never thought I'd see the day.
Preliminary indications are that the model allows any two kinds of fruit to be compared, although guava still causes minor rounding errors.
Further testing is ongoing.
-- Gomez Porter, blogspace entry
I haven't been sleeping well. There's this strange sound coming from the apartment below at approximately 4:22 a.m. It's a sound I've never heard before and I can only describe it in terms of other sounds that might combine to be mostly identical: it sounds like my neighbor is stir-frying hamsters in a large enameled wok. And let me tell you, that kind of sound messes with your ability to drift away peacefully.
Wide awake, I decide to get up to do some writing.
They asked me to keep a blog. They told me to be meticulous and exact in reporting my experiences. Leave nothing out, they said, no matter how mundane or unimportant it seems.
You see, I'm in this drug trail and I have no idea what kind of drug I'm on. It could be a nervous system depressant, an anti-psychotic, or just a simple pain reliever. I really have no way of knowing what kind of experiences would constitute effects or side effects. So, to be safe on the safe side, I create a new blog entry whenever something strange happens, then I upload it through the clinic's online portal. Let them sift through the mess to decide what's relevant and what's not. What's out of the ordinary and what's to be expected. Just write down everything, they said. So, here goes...
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The sentences are simple, but it would be a mistake to view the writing as amateurish. Parke packs a lot of meaning and insight into his short quips.
A few cons. I was occasionally confused by the blog entry narrative device. Was Dr. Hargrove, a main character, reading all of the narrator's blog entries exactly as we the readers saw them? If so, that presents narrative problems. The blog entry format completely breaks down in the final pages -- the action occurring just doesn't make sense for multiple blog entries.
At one point, the narrator complains about a "mixed metaphor" uttered by another character. I stared at the character's comment (the supposed mixed metaphor) for five minutes as though it were some kind of zen koan. I couldn't find the mixed metaphor. Perhaps it was a sophisticated joke by the author to show the ignorance of the narrator. If so, cool!
Finally, the book deserves to be taken seriously, so it warrants a more professionally designed cover.
But these are quibbles. I download a ton of books to my device, and I usually only read a few chapters before I move on to the next. This book caught me in its surreal hooks. It is just weird enough to be enticing, and yet thoroughly plausible and familiar. Whenever I thought it had finally careened off the tracks, it soon came clanking back onto the rails.
As I nestled deeper into the story's detached embrace (oxymoron, not mixed metaphor), I started wondering who this author was, this Graham Parke. I found very little about him on the big wide internet except a small, blurry thumbnail photo of a somewhat dark looking character. So... Who is this guy? If you find out, let me know. You might want to keep a safe distance, though, because I am not entirely sure he is "all there".
The plot and writing plays out like a Coen and Coen movie- Cleverly written with whit, realism and even a little seemingly misplaced violence that just adds a bit of edge to the story and the moral.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something truly dry, awkward and unexpectedly relatable.
This book is one of the best books I have read in a while.
Graham Parke has a style that is so fresh and unique that he left me craving more.
Poor, lovable Gomez is on a fast track to nowhere when he joins a drug trial and begins writing a daily blog as part of the requirements of the trial.
What follows is a delightful account of daily life in the antique shop left to Gomez by his deceased parents, nighttime adventures with the downstairs neighbor and a record of Gomez's growing attraction to the doctor running the drug trial.
To tell you any more would ruin your reading experience. Take it from me, this is a story you don't want to miss. In the end, I found myself wishing that I could meet a person as delightfully off center as our dear Gomez is. Read No Hope For Gomez, by Graham Parke, and see if you don't find yourself wishing the same thing. Everybody want's a friend like Gomez!
This would have been rated higher if commas, semicolons, and colons had been used correctly. I guess the argument could be made that it's Gomez, not the author, who doesn't understand effective punctuation, but either way it's annoying to slog through.
Played well on Text-To-Speech