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The episodic novel takes place in Manhattan late in the fall of 1998, as the author states in his energy-driven prologue in where he also states that the reader would do better to throw the book on the ground, stomp on it, soak it in charcoal lighter fluid and set it on fire than they would to continue reading. A perfectly crafted take-away -- you have no choice but to continue on once you read this.
My most enjoyable and positive comment, other than the uncompromisingly witty repertoire that fills the pages and the carefully created (albeit madcap) plot, is that it is great to have an author who can take a risk with a unique perspective on the post-college, pre-marriage life by not littering the pages with the drugs, booze and sexcapades that one inevitably finds in most mainstream media treating the subject. Characters who unwittingly widen the rift between the now and where they are trying to get to by the all-too-common, tired and cliche literary method of filling their idle time with stimulants and depressants are a dime a dozen. Leaven's characters, while hardly free from the gravitational pull of the consumer-creating machine of our time (and how apropos to find the setting late-1998 Manhattan, where this machine was never before in such full force), are truly in search of a better life, a better way, a better time, though some of the characters do not completetely refrain from the previously-mentioned void-filling methods.
The author, after recommending that the reader burn the book and go save a squirrel instead, promises total enlightenment to the reader who dares to continue on. Perhaps it was the nostialgic rush that came over me in the closing words that, dare I say perfectly?, encapsulated not only the narrative but also the tumult inherent in this period of our lives for most of us, but the author's prescient prediction did ring partly true in that I did feel that I understood this period of my life a bit better than before reading the novel (and also that I could laugh more about it). And for this, but more so for the complete and captivating entertainment that he delivers, Leaven has my vote. A fresh, new voice and a pleasure to read.
If you're between 18 and 40, this book will have you laughing out loud. I particularly enjoyed the way the plot was woven in such a way to bring together characters who were so different and to place these characters in such foreign environments compared to what they are accustomed to.
The author did a great job with language and descriptive elements to make totally unbelievable situations believable -- and, in doing so, hilarious.
I give this book five starts and I highly recommend it -- this author, who I never heard of before buying this book, is simply hilarious.
All of the cast are well-drawn and any of them could be pulled out and written about independently. I loved the two good old boys!
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