- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452898936
- ISBN-13: 978-1452898933
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,636,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wrinkly: An idyllic early retirement. Well, that was the plan. Paperback – July 7, 2010
'... a well-written, laugh-out-loud, visually enhanced trip to the sunny side of retirement.' - The San Francisco Book Review
All in all, The Wrinkly is a cute story with colorful characters who get into humorous situations. It's a quick read with a message that is content to ride in the back with the top down, making for light-hearted fare and a pleasant read. - The New Podler Review of Books
"4 stars. The Wrinkly was a humorous story, and the writing style was appropriately light and breezy. And yet there was a serious undertone that may resonate with older readers... " - Redadept Reviews.
About the Author
Born in Greater London. Art school in the sixties. The next few decades spent at ad agencies creating TV commercials in London, Milan, New York and San Francisco. Some fishing here, some photography there. Currently finishing his next novel: 'The Scottish Movie'.
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The blurb on the back says the book was adapted from the author's original screenplay and it reads that way, bringing various sub-plots together for a climactic - and hilarious - final scene. To me that's a good thing, for while it's never going to win a Pulitzer prize, the writing is highly visual and I could easily `see' the cast of characters and the locations in my mind's eye. I cast Ben Stiller in the lead role.
If you're a baby boomer, you'll probably identify with and get more laughs out of the Wrinkly than those under 40, as the descriptions of what it's like to get old are both funny and at times, a little too close to the brittle bone! But it's an easy read and a thoroughly enjoyable one and now that I've read the book, I wouldn't mind seeing the movie. Worth the money.
In brief, our hero transported me to a different world, with one insane scenario after another, bringing idiocy to a new level. I finished the book in one sitting, with a smile on my face, and coincidentally the rain had stopped, and the sun was bursting through the clouds. Now THAT is a story!
Perhaps there's a bit of Mike in everyone who lives a hectic life in a polluted metropolis.
The hero of this novel is disappointed with the way his life is going.
Nearly 40, he is looking for a change, a way to escape from it all.
In fact he wants to join the retired people of a paradisical resort in Florida.
He decides to cheat about his age (and not, for once, to look younger).
Thanks to accurate makeup, his camouflage is consequently quite convincing, and the 'wrinklies' welcome him to their community.
This brings Paul Collis's character straight into several hilarious, unpredictable situations.
A smart story that soon develops into a brilliant comedy of errors - and even the hint of a thriller, when the shadow of crime appears on the horizon in the shape of a mysterious speedboat.
To sum up: it's something new under the sun, and deserves serious consideration by some Hollywood mogul.
Let's spread the buzz, before the author retires to a tropical paradise himself.
The author Paul Collis states that the book is an adaptation of his (so-far unproduced) screenplay of the same name. Here are bunches of wonderful visual images and hilarious scenes from the life of the 40-ish disgruntled TV advertising salesman Mike Lewis.
Whereas most "wrinklies" try to make themselves look younger (of course we do!), Mike ages himself by 22 or so years so he can qualify for a home in the perfect retirement community. At least it's perfect until he moves there. There are a few glitches in his plan as time goes by - he's the right (fake) age for Helen, a 60-something charmer, but in reality, he's a better match for her mid-30s daughter Frances. Frances just happens to be a naturalist whose great interest is manatees. With little urging, Mike adopts one of his own. It's a good thing he's really so young. He needs all his strength, as he learns that retirement is exceedingly strenuous!
I really don't want to spoil your fun by telling you everything, but truly, it's a well-written, laugh-out-loud, visually enhanced trip to the sunny side of retirement.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Wouldn't be surprised to see some enterprising producer pick it up and turn it into
a movie. No problem seeing Ben Stiller or even Jim Carey in the title role!