3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2006
Lennon follows up his excellent 'Mailman' with this oddity, a collection of 100 'anecdotes' apparently jotted down in passing by a nameless resident of some middle american backwater.
Wgat might, in less capable hands, have been a pointlessly pretentious exercise, emetges, thanks to Lennon's skill and wit, as arguably the finest book of the calendar year (2005). Richer inn scope and characterization than most novels, even though the lonegst 'piece' runs for barely three pages, full of gallows humour and eerie coincidences, this confirms Lennon's reputation as one of the most daring - and entertaining - writers around
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2007
The blurb on the back cover...(dazzling stylist - gifted with a manic turn-of-phrase and a splendidly aberrant sense of humour) - Huh??? - boring, pedantic, old-fashioned are the words I jotted down as I was reading about a third way into it. Later, I tried to imagine the sort of person who would write this: possibly a 70-year old man in a waistcoat with a very sober lifestyle and a short back and sides haircut...trying to never forget all the boring trivia of his very boring life!