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1.0 out of 5 stars The state of modern fiction (a fictional state), 14 Nov 2007
This review is from: This Book Will Save Your Life (Paperback)
A rich man in L.A. has a panic attack and spends the rest of the book spending money in an attempt to figure out why. Luckily, he has a LOT of money, so he gets excellent and immediate health care, books himself into a meditative retreat for an expensive spell, buys himself some new friends and, when his luxury house develops structural problems...why, he just rents himself another one. And that's about it. Oh, his estranged son turns up and, between various plot contrivances that have nothing to do with anything, they "bond" and, naturally, he buys him a brand new car.

No exaggeration: this is probably one of the worst novels I've ever read: thin to non-existent characters, no plot, (instead,a rambling collection of incidents that only serve to show how rich the main character is) , flat and/or self-conscious dialogue: "That's the problem" says a character at one particularly "insightful" point. "People think what they see is real". Wowww[...] Not exactly Thackeray. Not even Harold Robbins. As insightful as an infomercial and of particular poignancy to those who can identify with a character who has so much money he can buy himself out of anything.

Reading the blurb on the back of the paperback version, I deduced that some sort of sappy life-affirming friendship was going to spring up between this man and the donut shop owner, Anhil. Luckily, I was wrong, as Anhil is merely a less convincing version of Apu from The Simpsons, drafted in for no other reason than to provide dubious comic relief with his "comical" manglings of the English language. Appalling, mind-bogglingly dreadful stuff. Do your bit for the state of modern fiction and avoid this book.
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