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- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LNFSOWM
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What strikes me as particularly noteworthy is the sheer inventiveness of the novel, the quantity of richly drawn characters and the way they interact. You find you really do care about the destinies of the islanders and even William the central character who means so well but has such a counter-productive effect on the people he wishes to save.
One Big Damn Puzzler is alive with Shakespearian references, but even if you have little or no knowledge of Shakespeare, you can ponder the other questions raised by the book, such as the nature of the afterlife, the purpose of life itself, the merits of knowledge, the attractiveness of developed versus undeveloped cultures, the nature of belief - the list is endless. Harding also works in a little 9/11 near the end - though I can't help but feel that this was superfluous; the novel works perfectly well without it.
I get the impression from reading reviews also on the American Amazon that some readers have stopped short at the criticism implied of over-burgeoning American culture and the way it is exported around the world. This is certainly a theme, but if all you take out of the book is anti-Americanism, you have only scratched the surface of what the author is trying to say.Read more ›
I liked this book. It has many laugh out loud moments and to some extent does make you look at Western traditions and life styles with a different eye. The story follows William on the island (the funny bits), looks at his life in America and his issues with OCD (not so riveting) , and examines the lifestyle of the inhabitants, including Managua who is translating Shakespeare into the local pidgin , with predictable results, and a variety of other original characters (funny and thought provoking).
This book has a lovely warmth and humour which makes the cast endearing, and some very imaginative and funny writing. The humour is on a number of levels and is held together by great characters and a fairly thin plot. Even when the comedy turns a bit black it is still enjoyable.
While it is thought provoking it never makes your brain hurt. If anything it is a bit lightweight (not a criticism). Some of the jokes wear a bit thin by the end and I enjoyed the use of language but some might not share that.
Overall very good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite simply, the best book written in recent years.
I read it when it came out and this is for a friend. Read more
very funny in places, great characters bit Mills and Boon/Carry On towards the end .Published 5 months ago by TEM
A very funny piece of work. Engaging and full of interesting characters. Quite a lot of toilet humour too...Published 10 months ago by Joanne Davis
This is a big novel. A novelist who has been able to capture the capture and immersion of a culture to where it loses the point of its purpose. Read morePublished 14 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
One of my very favourite books of recent years. Vividly imagined and thoroughly convincing. Packed with invention and ideas, totally absorbing.Published 14 months ago by John Dilworth
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