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Merde Happens Hardcover – 13 May 2008
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Stephen Clarke is an experienced stand up comedian which is clearly evident whilst reading the novel. Interesting and funny facts about typical American's culture is beatifully and clearly pointed out and narratted in a richly entertaining novel. For example the historical insults inflicted on the idea of an English tea room in Boston, the yanks loving of maple syrup pancake, Shakesphere presence and French influence in America.
I really enjoyed reading "Merde Happens" as it filled with endless humour and colorful range of characters that you would expect to find in the States or maybe it is stereotype views. The novel is well balanced. It consist of a fine blend of facts and humour. The novel is a real pleasure to read.
Out of all previous novels by the author, Merde Happens stands out the most. The plot to the story is well defined and clearly coherent, with sub headings for chapters. The characters are strongly represented in the novel. Overall, a great entertaining and light piece of reading.
This tirrd installment sees Paul West travel to the US on business with his socialist french girlfriend in tow: hilarity ensues - just not as much as in the last two episodes. Clarke's tone is addictive and his works read very easily. Recommended page turning holiday lit, but not for the new comer. Start with A Year In The Merde.
Another thing I admire about Clarke's writing is that he manages to make his fiction sound so true-to-life you find it hard to believe it is actually fiction.
What I like too about Merde Happens (as well as Clarke's other books in the Merde series) is that his well-observed descriptions of various nationalities' little idiosyncrasies never sound patronising . I'd go as far as saying he's a modern-day Molière!
At the same time he has to do the journey in a temperamental mini painted with the Union Flag (not Union Jack!) and keep his Franco-American "friend" Jake and HIS new "girlfriend" from completely ruining the trip.
Yes there are lots of strange happenings and some funny moments but it all seemed a bit lack-lustre in comparison to his Paris and French adventures. His "rise to stardom" through his kilt exploits just seemed a bit far-fetched and juvenile to base the book around.
So, for me it wasn't a big hit. That said it was readable and mildly amusing in places so I give it 3 stars. I look forward to his French based novels with a little more hope.
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