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Not the brilliant laugh I'd expected,
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This review is from: I Left My Tent in San Francisco (Paperback)Like one other reviewer, I absolutely adored the author's first recollection "The Tent, the Bucket, and Me". It was the kind of book that you couldn't read in public or on the train because you would fall into hysterical, dog-barking-like laughter. When I learnt that the author had another book coming out, I pre-ordered it immediately. When it arrived I delightedly tore into it and found that it was...ok. Just ok. Charming in some parts. A few laughs here and there, but nothing like her first book. Perhaps the first book set an expectation of hilarity that was unmet in the second, and perhaps that was my downfall. It's a nice read and an interesting view of the US in the 1980's. She's a thoroughly likeable character who is the walking definition of "Sod's Law". Additionally, she's one of the few authors who can write about Americans and not come across as unkind, no matter how backwards some of the people she came across were. But the book, once finished, has not left much of an impression on me. I'm hoping her next book does the trick, for I will continue to buy her books in hopes of recreating The Great Laugh of her "Bucket" book.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2011 18:07:31 BDT
Ann E. Scott says:
I absolutely agree. I, like you, had to read the first book in private, and I sent it to all my friends for Christmas, with the same effect. I've just re-read it and it's still the funniest book I've ever read. Sadly I can't say the same about this recent one, Average, ok and she's really sweet, but no belly laughs and I won't be passing it on. Sorry Emma, sometimes the anticipation kills the reality.
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