The Best Thing That Can Happen To A Croissant Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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"well-characterised and grippingly constructed..." (The Observer)
"This first novel brings a sunny, Catalan perspective to the laddish-caper genre." (The Daily Telegraph)
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"Frequently tasteless but quite delicious" Metro
An easy-riding, ball-busting comedy of bad manners
Pablo Miralles is a fat, useless, flatulent thirty-year-old and the black sheep of his obscenely wealthy family. His brother, 'The First,' is president of the booming family business.
But when 'The First' suddenly disappears, Pablo finds himself being sucked into a hair-raising, mind-bending adventure, an adventure which he must use all of his well-honed survival skills to come out of alive...
"A comic masterpiece" Ladsmag
"Hilarious, raunchy and pungently aphoristic" The Times
"Funny, inventive and irreverent" Daily Mail
"A cult in the making..." Herald
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Top Customer Reviews
The last third of the book suddenly lurches from Charles Bukowski to Dan Brown, as it were, from drunken stumbing to daring-do and the uncovering of consipiricy. Through this, however, Pablo retains his off-beat humour, and his main combat method is to charge down bad guys with his bulk. The ending is a bit unconvincing (but, hey, so are Dan Brown's).
Some of this must have been a chalenging translation from the Spannish, but the English prose is easy on the eye and brain.
So, overall, a very entertaining read.
The key to its success is the heroically dysfunctional central character Pablo Miralles, who represents something which we can all relate to in one way or another. His inherent flaws and imperfections are instantly endearing and addictive and all the more amusing considering the range of characters that Tusset surrounds his hero with.
Buy it now, you will be royally entertained....
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Do you know how long it has been since I have had this reaction? I don't, but I know it has been way too long.
Imagine the laziest person you know, add 300 pounds to him and then make him 100 times more apathetic and you get the lead in this marvelous book. Except when it serves his purpose or has the mildy interesting characteristic of involving his ultra rich family, Pablo "Baloo" Miralles is more concerned about feeding his face or making it to the bars before closing, than what is going on in the world until his next feeding time. It takes a possible attempted murder and kidnapping and a call from relatives he barely finds interesting to nudge him off his sofa and begin his bumbling attempt to find some answers.
The only parts that are a bit difficult to get through are the dream sequences but even they are so bizarre that you have to continue to see what this bizarre mind will come up with next.
If you like intelligent, funny, mysteries with bumbling casts then you are going to love this book.
A very difficult book to put down once it has been started!
The story itself is made up of a series of unfinished strings - you have the impression both that the author took on more than could be accomplished in a single book and that the decision to end the book was somewhat abrupt.
In some ways though, this fits well with the lead character, who is basically a more intellectual version of Gob on Arrested Development. He has a pretend job with his family company, spends most of his time and ego in an online development of an ultimate philosophy, and idolizes gluttony in its essence - a life filled with drinking, drugs, food, and sex. This comfortable existence is interrupted by an intrigue involving his brother, but luckily for the reader, the book continues to focus on his internal state and the intrigue primarily results in him having more money to spend on his excesses.
The book is very self-indulgent and is not recommended for anyone looking for a serious read or "proper" literary development. But for a beach, plane, waiting in the doctor's office read, this is definitely worth the $1 used fee on marketplace. But do watch out for the cover - it makes it a little awkward to read in public...