- File Size: 1469 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publication Date: January 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070CE4NK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story revolves upon a group of losers, actually. At least that's what we think they are at first, but as we get to know each person a little better, almost all of them seem to have at least one redeeming quality and by the end of the book they have become so very real, because of the great characterization employed by the author.
Jordan is a down-and-out young man who has lost two girlfriends and his job, and finds himself at a run-down apartment building in Indiana. The rent is $100 a month, so right away we know this place isn't home to any CEO's. (Of course since this was taking place in the early 1980's, I believe, rent would have been lower but certainly not $100 a month). The building is also home to two women; one who left her husband and children because she thought her kids would be better off without her. The other woman believes she is a great "artiste." She is also waiting around for predictions made by her "mahariji" guru to come true. Another man living there decides to try and run for Governor on the Libertarian ticket. And then there is Jimmy. He doesn't have a job, and sits outside his apartment on a lawn chair every day. He brews a jar of sun tea and sips it during the day, while he watches semis, cabs, and other vehicles pass in front of him. He reads very eclectic materials, and decides that he is doing the right thing... just sitting there and absorbing life.
The characters are a hoot, and the author has an incredible ability to write in a clever, humorous way, without condescending to foul language or anything lurid. There really is no "plot" to this story. Not really even much of any type of resolution at the end of it, but the astute reader will understand that just because there isn't any build-up to a plot that needs a resolution doesn't mean that this isn't a great story.
I enjoyed it quite a bit! Such a nice change when such an overwhelming number of books offered today are murder mysteries, full of graphic sex or disturbing violence. Instead, this is a study of people. But it is done in such a clever and amusing way that you really want to pull up a lawn chair and have a sip of that sun tea with Jordan and Jimmy.
I know that so many people who end up not liking a book claim that all the good reviews are written by friends and family of the author. I will unequivocably state that I don't have a clue who the author is. But I sure hope he keeps writing! The author is obviously very well-educated and writes so smoothly! And how many authors today would have even heard of Beowulf? Yet the author makes a clever reference to that work. And in reading this book, you'll also discover who REALLY discovered America! This author is the bomb!
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because I was just a bit disappointed in the ending as it seemed to rather rush up on me. I'm not saying it was bad, but I guess I was expecting something different.
Cons about this book: There was one misplaced comma. (OK... that's meant to be humorous... In so many ebooks I've read the authors don't even understand how to construct a sentence, much less used commas. In this case, I don't even think it was the author's fault... probably just a typo).
At times the novel is cartoonishly cheesy. The main character, Jordon, spends the first part of the book lamenting the double loss of his long term girlfriend Dawn and rebound girl Joy, and his subsequent inability to think about dishwashing soap without an emotional breakdown. But gently, without warning, the story transitions into the philosophical questions of life, spirituality, the Indian removal act and whether or not anyone could own the sky - not unlike the conversations you would expect from a couple of drop-outs sharing a jar of homebrewed tea in late summer.
I personally loved the story. After a few chapters I was completely engrossed in the character's lives and couldn't put the book down. I think it is a perfect lazy summer afternoon novel for the beach or the lake or even a six-month hiatus on a broken-down lawn chair parked in front of a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired apartment building somewhere in Indiana.