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Polly! Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Polly is a book aspiring writers should read just to study the craft. Goldin calls on everything he knows from the silly to the profound to create a story that starts out entertaining and winds up being thought-provoking. --Great Books Under $5
Fast moving, well-written, tongue-in-cheek dramatic comedy so representative of real-life in some aspects, it felt like coming home. I found the story laugh-out-loud surprising at times. I thoroughly enjoyed Polly! --Flying With Red Haircrow
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All hands on Decalogue! A protagonist readers will find it easy to identify and empathize with, a classic journey story told with wit, wisdom and deceptive ease, and the most interesting guest star ever--what's not to like, here? Perhaps writers who attempt a book like Polly! wanna crack or two across the face for their audacity (to parrot conventional wisdom)--but not if they can manage to pull it off this entertainingly.
--Spider Robinson, co-author of Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
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Not a long read at all. Definitely fun. Definitely thought-provoking. 4 stars as I guess I wanted a less open ending? Personal preference? Not sure. But it's well worth the ride!
Hero ( rod) has had an awful past few weeks. his wife left him, his house and business burt down, the IRS is after him. can things get any worse for him? you betcha.. while trying to get away from it all, and head to his brothers he not only gets a speeding ticket, but is forced to listen to country music ( i not a fan of country music) but his car breaks down!
lucky for him his car break downs into front of Pollys house. A funny corky girl who a very interesting way of thinking about things. let the adventures begin! so good and some bad. but over all we could all use a friend like Polly in our life.
I was not offended by this book. I was wondering if i would be after reading some of the reviews about people being offended. I can understand how some could be though. it does touch a little bit about religion. and how she thinks out of the box about it.
I wouldn’t not read this if you are a strong Christen, I think it would ruffle some feathers.
over all i loved this book. and the narrator was perfect. he really bought it to life.
I was gifted this audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. :)
I can't tell you how many times I giggled as the protagonist (Herodotus ... or 'Hero') navigates his way out of personal tragedy into a Kafhaesque situation where you ask yourself if he died and went to heaven, hell, or some purgatory deeply reminiscent of the Twilight Zone. Polly is irrational and funny, and as she drags Hero in and out of various situations, it will lead you to a much more empowered viewpoint of the Dude Upstairs.
If you are a religious person who believes that God truly makes wagers with the devil and tells people to go slit their son's throats to make burnt offerings, then is not the book for you.
4 Perfect Points
What made the experience of listening to Polly! the most enjoyable?
I never guessed what was going to happen.
What did you like best about this story?
Sorry I don't like spoilers.
Any additional comments?
I thought this was going to be a light comedy romance. But it wasn't it was however a delightful surprise. I had a smile on my face most of the time I was listening. I really enjoyed this.
Whilst on his way to Nevada, Rod's car breaks down in front of the only residence for miles. Approaching the mansion, Rod notices what looks like a snowman standing in the heat, but this is only the first of several surprises in store for our erstwhile traveler when he meets the mansion's owner, Polly.
Polly is an enigma. The more Rod, who is now called Hero, tries to figure her out the less he understands her. She tries to teach him some truths about the universe, but can he learn the most important of those lessons?
Polly made me think deeply about many things and realize some truths I already knew, but hadn't verbalized. At the same time there was one philosophical point in Polly I disagreed with - there being no afterlife. I don't know what that afterlife might look like, but I believe there is one. On most other points I was in agreement with what Goldin postulated through his imaginary character.
* I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest and frank review *
Most recent customer reviews
Polly puts a nice twist into the life of a man who thinks he's got nothing and is going to go live with his brother and wallow in sorrow.