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- Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books (1517)
- ASIN: B01K3RDII0
- Average Customer Review: 391 customer reviews
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Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party by Alexander McCall Smith (2014-08-07) Audible – 1517
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This book is seriously funny and unlike anything I have read by this author. It is laugh out loud funny and, at times, very sad and
melancholy. The plot covers a fat antique dealer's trip to Ireland and back to his home in Fayetteville. The trip to Ireland is so hilarious you might need tissues to wipe the tears from laughing from your eyes. After getting home, the story turns more maudlin as it explores Fatty coming to grips with his weight and asserting himself to the do gooders who feel they know better than he does what is good for him. In the end, he wins by being able to live his life as he sees fit and know that his ability to judge others is spot on.
This book must be made into a film, hopefully with John Goodman and Diane Keaton as leads. Until it is, you must read this book. Believe me, you will enjoy it and hope that Fatty appears in another McCall publication.
That said, this is one of those fun and easy reads that can fit in a pocket,and help kill time on trains and in waiting rooms. This is the story of an overweight Arkansan who goes to Ireland, somehow ends up owning a horse he can't afford, comes home, gets shoved into a weight loss clinic and --- or so it would appear--- somehow manages to be headed toward a happily ever after nonetheless. All in a mere 174 pages.
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party was enjoyable. It reminded me of some vacations I have taken vacations that turn out far less then perfect. We are who we are and we each have to accept our strengths and weaknesses. It was funny but you had to feel sympathy for poor Mr. O'Leary. He was a noble ma and tried to just roll with the punches. He was a better man in allowing a few characters try to degrade him when he knew he was happy just as he was. His wife also recognized his worth and loved him and found him to be truly perfect for her.