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Only In America Paperback – 2 May 2002
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Witty and charming. Astonishingly good. Quite irritating in fact (Angus Deayton)
I read this book in one sitting and absolutely loved it. Funny, sweet and sharp, with a wonderful story (Graham Norton)
This book is the best thing to come out of Holland since tulips (Harry Hill)
This book is so charming and funny. A genuine page turner, I read it on holiday and missed big chunks of Venice (Sandy Toksvig)
'The characterisation is warm, the dialogue is witty, and the plot - friendly, feel-good fantasy ... will make you smile (The Guide)
A fine stand up comic has turned into a first class, laugh out loud novelist. Read and enjoy (Barry Cryer)
A hilarious modern-day fairytale (Cumberland Evening News and Star)
A funny and sweetly romantic debut (Daily Mail)
Warm and romantic... his book, like his stand up, is laden with wit and painfully acute observations (Graham Norton)
Hilarious and touching novel about Milly, a 30 something, frustrated screenwriter trying to sell her script to a Hollywood studio (Surrey Comet)
Holland's Debut novel and is laced with much heralded wit (Ice, London)
A good read with a clever plot...The narrative is laced with musing on the minor perplexities of life-Holland, after all, is a raconteur who can talk for hours about how you can tell when to stop peeling an onion (Evening Standard)
His hilariously funny and sharply written novel is the type of light-hearted work you'd expect from such a comic (The Western Mail, Cardiff)
A love story-cum-dream-come-true drama (Hendon Times)
A romantic, comedy fairytale to rival Cinderella.See all Product description
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For starters it jumps around all over the place with no break in the prose to indicate a change of situation. So you might have for instance a scene with a couple of blokes on a plane over the Atlantic which without warning carries on into a dinner party 5000 miles away or a hotel scene in Central London. You have to kind of shake your head about, gather yourself and realise where exactly in the story you are.
Why not place a little starred line to indicate to the reader that the scene has changed? Is that too much to ask?
The other strange anomaly is the author’s habit of reversing the direct speech mark (the inverted quotation marks) before speech and then preceding this with a kind of mid-height full stop. I know I’m not describing this very well, so allow me to demonstrate;
•’If we get nothing out of all this ….’
Or just this one-word sentence;
Is that a bit kooky or what?
You’ll also have two people holding a conversation in the same paragraph, so you’re fooled into thinking it’s just one guy, and then a paragraph will stop mid-sentence, and carry on as a new paragraph. For example;
Wrong with wanting to be liked. ’ •
So combining all these weird ways of writing makes for very eccentric reading indeed. Check out this one paragraph;
‘So why send it in?’•To make a point?’ Josie suggested.•Mitch thought about this for a moment. ‘Nah, that’s bullsh*t.’•’But Josie might be right,’ …..
How mad is that? And it happens ALL THE TIME and makes for a very frustrating read. I can’t imagine what Dominic Holland is trying to do here except perhaps take a dig at all the Grammar Nazis out there …. like me, I suppose.
Some grammar rules are made to be broken, but this is just annoying. And Holland clearly knows he’s doing it because it’s all underlined in red. It would jump out at him like a tea-total sober person in a kebab house. The book has been reviewed by Angus Deayton, Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Barry Cryer and a whole bunch of others, and not one of them, it seems, has said, “Dude, what are you playing at? Get this thing edited. Find an eight-year-old to edit it for you. At least make it readable!”
So why the 5 Star? Why the 5 Star when there’s so many outlandish grammatical errors? I’ll tell you. Because this book made me laugh and it made me cry. Alright, I wasn’t really crying, just in case you spotted me on the tube and thought I was welling up, because I wasn’t. Okay?
But apart from all that, this is an excellent storyline with a novel twist to it. The characters are really well developed and you can’t help liking them. Jonson was my favourite. An extremely likeable black guy who starts the book with an afro that would put Erykah Badu to shame. It’s doesn’t last – the afro, that is - but that’s another story.
I think there’s a lot more to come from Dominic Holland. The ability to write from both the male and female POV is quite a talent, not to mention the capability to force the reader to say, “Oh no! Mitch, get a grip! How can you not …..” is quite riveting
All in all an excellent read, and a book I would heartedly recommend.
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