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Gravity's Volkswagen [Paperback]

Geoff Nicholson
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1 July 2009
Ian Blackwater was surprised when film rights to his novel Volkswagens and Velociraptors were sold. And more surprised to find himself on location in California, particularly as the novel was set in London. However Ian knows better than to interfere with the creative process and he wants to see how the director Josh Martin goes about transforming the novel into film.

Ian gets to see not just the movie making but also Motorhead's Phil's Famous Automotive Freak Show - an assortment of petrol heads and vagabonds rehearsing their own brand of culture fest on the neighbouring lot. Relations between the two - filmmakers and Automotive Freaks - are less than cordial and before long Ian finds himself far more involved with both than he intended.



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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Harbour Books Ltd (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905128142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905128143
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilarious... Like the VW itself, the novel is lightweight but sturdy, and covers a lot of mileage for the expenditure. -- Independent 31 July 2009

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Gravity's Volkswagen is full of love for the VW Beetle, for writing, for filmmaking and for the wilder side of Americana. It is absurd and funny and brilliantly truthful both about the vanities of the film industry and about the stunt driver's obedience to the laws of gravity.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beetles keep getting better! 22 Mar 2011
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I can't comment on the German, but this is another quirky, engaging, surprising Geoff Nicholson novel. He continues to be one of our most engaging humorists. Plotwise, I preferred this to his previous two Volkswagen related novels, though it should be stressed that each is a stand-alone. Part adventure, part love story, part movie madness saga, the story of this one has stuck with me and I look forward, as ever, to reading his next.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the humor of his other Beetles books. 15 Jun 2010
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Geoff Nicholson likes writing about Volkswagen Beetles. After Street Sleeper and Still Life with Volkswagens, Gravity's Volkswagen is his third book in which this car plays an important role. The format of Gravity's Volkswagen is also the same as the other two books. There is a main story interspersed with short chapters (two or three pages) with curious stories involving Beetles. The main story deals with the making of a movie adaptation of the book Volkswagen en Velociraptors by the main character of the book, Ian Blackwater.

Geoff Nicholson's books are normally very humorous and characterized by surprising twists in the plot, and people finding themselves in absurd situations. These aspects are unfortunately largely absent in Gravity's Volkswagen. The action is fairly predictable, and I also did not find much humor in the book. I found the misspelling of the German word for beetles that is used at various places even a bit disturbing. It should be spelled Kaefer, or even better without the first "e" but with two dots on the "a". In the book it is spelled with neither the "e" nor the dots, which reminds me too much of kaffer.
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