Title: "Too crazy for me . . . to be considered comical"
Have read Lynne Truss's "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" and "Talk to the Hand" also would give her 5 stars on "Making the Cats Laugh". "Amazon.com/UK" only gave the last mentioned 3 stars.
This book is despicable. I went back to the Amazon 6 star review to find out what prompted me to actually buy it! Only one person reviewed it .That was my mistake. I hadn't noticed this in my enthusiasm over her other books. I read the review which said the book was hilarious comedy. Not so!
What is there not to like? Well, just about everything after the first half. . . it drags on and on. Her Swedish people are trite and "corny". and downright silly. Maybe a visitor from England who has had a holiday in Sweden will appreciate it and think it funny. People will remember ABBA a musical group she draws heavily on as though the only good thing about Sweden is ABBA. It is insular and rediculous.
It is grisly, and although Truss is intelligent and gifted , she has managed to conjure up a grisely, disgusting cesspool of a book with a lot of neurotic and psychotic characters linked together by their careers in the publishing business and their jobs and tawdry sordid sexual depravity. Viv & Maggie and all the women seem to be corrupt as liars, sluts or cruel she-cats! Lynne's contempt for her own country of British society of today comes through in :"Talk to the Hand" and "Making the Cats Laugh" but it seems that she has decided that if you can't" beat them then join them" and she created this horrific monster of a book which far from being funny is sad and very sinister. Who laughs at grisely mad violence. Her contempt for Britain has hit rock bottom in this book. Whoever finds this book amusing to the point of funny should seriously examine their values. I am British but have by fate been living my life in other countries. This book is just one of many "signals" which keeps me away from visiting the UK furthur than its airports.
Cannibals , no doubt, also get a charge out of their victims and laugh while killing them. Is Britain turning that dark? Are their no redeeming features of grace, innocence and goodness left? Has Britain become a cesspool. Pity us smaller countries like Norway and Sweden who still have old-fashioned values or standards of right thinking and goodness left. albeit we are all human and it is difficult to reach our ideals we set for ourselves. Under the guise of COMEDY and MADNESS shall we write FILTH? Lynne Truss, you are on a right track to make MONEY but, otherwise, this book is so much garbage! ALL the characters from Belinda, Linda and then Stefan and his first wife and Noel, Jago etc are extremely corrupt and evil yet made out to be cute and funny. This is insidious and pervasively destructive for the naive reader.
I am " crossing my fingers" that her other 2 books waiting to be read: "With one Lousy Free Packet of Seed" & "A Certain Age" will have redeeming features!
I struggle with 'comic' novels especially if they have characters that are 'strange' or zany.
Humour is a very personal thing and frequently, for me, books that come highly recommended fail to amuse me - and it is the same with TV. I don't get on with most of the comedy series/sitcoms. And so it was here.
I had high hopes as I loved Lynne Truss's book on the manners of the English, Eat, Shoots and Leaves. But for me this one failed to tickle my funny bone and i couldn't be bothered to finish it.
What a brilliantly funny book; such an enjoyable read. Lynne Truss has a very clever mind to have thought of all the twists and turns and to have written with such humour. Perhaps you have to be a little bit made yourself to enjoy it!