- File Size: 884 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1625266502
- Publisher: Solstice Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075M1K43Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Funkhauser's language and writing is unabashedly frank and uproariously funny. Be prepared to squirm as wealthy neighbors, politicians, city inspectors, old ladies and fetishists tangle with one furtive feline. And remember, not all sausage makers are serial killers.
I have to admit it was an exciting reading experience.
It is definitely recommended!
The situations are quirky and over the top, and yet, I’m left feeling like I know these people—we all do. Funkhauser just lifts the rock to reveal the squirming bugs underneath.
Carlos the Wonder Cat, the muse at the centre of this story, weaves in and out of the various threads and is, in essence, the catalyst for self-examination and change. He’s aloof from the humans on the street, is really owned by no one, and yet he is claimed by them all. There is a large cast of characters—politicians, animal control officers, and secret fetish organizations, but the central protagonists (or antagonists the both of them) are two side-by-side neighbours, Bronagh Caley and recently widowed Poonam Khanzada. Each woman has her secrets and both are resentful of one another. At first, they are unfailingly polite and urbane, but eventually the machinations threaten the stability of the neighbourhood.
Shell Game is entertaining, thought-provoking and thoroughly amusing. It will make you rethink strays and what your neighbour is doing in their garage during the dead of night.
I highly recommend this novel. Funkhauser’s mastery of language and deep introspection into human nature makes this satirical novel a winner.
Black cat; politics, love, betrayal, sex, Polish sailor's ball, mixing of cultures and ethnicities, conspiracies.... To say it is an "interesting" novel, will not do it justice. Sometimes difficult to follow due to the various antonyms between the characters, and something built on fantasy (?) and reality intertwined, I could not put it down! The author, a dear one to my heart, has an extraordinary ability to play with words; makes the novel even more intriguing. Thank YOU!
CAN'T WAIT COR THE NEXT ONE!!