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Enjoyable and whimsical read,
This review is from: Mr. Rosenblum's List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman (Hardcover)
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An enjoyable and whimsical read
If a literary criticism was in order, I could be quite harsh about some aspects of this book. Its plot feels derivative of the standard Hollywood/Britcom screenplay where some oddball characters and country stereotypes ultimately pull together to achieve an unlikely success. And there are moments of forced metaphor that make me wonder whether they were an `in joke' that I just wasn't in on.
But just as the Hollywood formula can be a comfort, and a cosy story of tenacity in the face of adversity can be quite uplifting, so Natasha Solomons' book reaches beyond its own limitations. In fact, I found myself winged along on her tale with a smile across my face and - more than once - laughed out loud at the little anecdotes of incompatibility that made Jack's drive to `fit in' seem so comic.
There are some more profound moments, of course, and I'm sure that the prejudices faced by the `Rose in Blooms' distilled elements of folk history from the writer's personal and family history. I got a distinct sense that Solomons believed she had a story to share and wrapping the injustices of life in humour is a very effective way of defusing their pain.
Well worth the few hours it will take to read... or you could wait for the movie ;) !