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- Publisher: Wunderfool Press (March 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2014
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- Language: English
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And it features Berf Wiggins.
Ah, Berf Wiggins. Berf showed up as a minor character in one of Whittington's other books, (I think it was "Endless Vacation", but I could be wrong.) I sensed at the time that Berf deserved a starring role because he was just so weirdly entertaining.
Thank the Literary Gods, Whittington brought Berf back. He's bigger, weirder and funnier than ever.
Berf considers the words of Louis L'Amour to be eternal and divine wisdom, words by which the wise man orders his life. Ok, so a man could pick a worse role model than Tell Sackett. Naturally, Berf's attempts to explain his life in light of the wisdom revealed through a series of spaghetti western stories is a little problematic; he gets himself into some pretty sticky situations that he could have avoided if he didn't always ask himself "WWTSD", (What Would Tell Sackett Do?) But there's something oddly appealing about Berf's simple faith in the Sackett code. In this age of creeping ennui and shifting moralities, Berf's honesty and simple faith in the fundamental goodness of the universe is refreshing. To be certain, because his head is in the clouds he often finds his feet in quicksand, but in Whittington's Texas, the universe comes comes to aid the guileless. Whatever his flaws as a man - and he has many - Berf is utterly lacking in guile.
"Open Season" feels like someone took PG Wodehouse's Bertie and Jeeves, (Berf and Jake?) and transported them from Edwardian England to the modern day Texas Hill Country. (On reflection, I suspect this effect was not accidental.) Now, Berf is waaaaay smarter than Bertie Wooster, and Jake lacks the gravitas and centrality of Jeeves, but the spirit of the story and the quality of the characters is very Woodhouseian. (Is that a word?)
Yes, I loved it. I can't see why you wouldn't. 4.5 stars.
And it oughta be a movie, with Steve Zahn starring as Berf. (Yes, I'll take credit as casting director.)
The text has the feel of an author set free to sprinkle in gleeful twists and turns of phrase, a fantastic piece of writing from which any aspiring author could draw. It's fun and lighthearted and effortlessly understood, making you wonder why everyone doesn't say it like that in everyday speech. It's much more accessible than Cormac McCarthy's dense and tangled "Blood Meridian" language of the Old West, thick with dialect and idiom, nearly as indecipherable as original Shakespeare.
Definitely worth a read. It may even find a permanent spot on your bookshelf!