If you've never met a collector of Volkswagen beetle memor
abilia, you don't have a complete grasp of the meaning of
the proverb: "It takes all kinds..." Nicholson brings the
reader a diverse group of Volkswagen "nuts", and with some
of his characters, the quotation marks would be optional.
All of his characters, from an annoyingly precocious
little boy, to a millionaire who vanished, to a platoon of
neo-Nazi skinheads are brought together convincingly by
that odd-shaped "car of the people" in this absurd romp
through our times. And Nicholson skillfully weaves his own
connection to the Bug into the novel via asides to the reader
which just add to one's conviction that one has entered an
alternate universe. Have no fear: you will reach a satisfying ending from which you will be allowed to return to
your own reality, where people drive Chryslers, Jeeps,
Hondas, and 4-wheel drive pick-ups.