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- Print Length: 161 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0063R0QQM
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- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyhow, I decided to give it a go and it was an enjoyable book covering a young lads summer job in Cornwall while trying to get the girl and save the day. There's quite a bit of action although some of it is quite absurd which means it's probably based on reality. I found it a bit hard to connect with some of the narrative as it is (most probably) more relevant to people who have lived in or grown up in Cornwall but as I've never been there myself I found it didn't grip me fully. The book felt about the right length as it's not too long and quite a page turner and very easy to read. It did remind me a bit of reading Adrian Mole all those years ago.
All in it was an enjoyable read and if you're into this kind of thing or from Cornwall it would probably make it much easier to relate too and make it a 5 star book.
Well, all of this blather is just the long way around to saying that I felt that, without exaggeration or puffery, "Proper Job" was a very well written, generous and good-humored book with engaging characters and enough rewardingly funny scenes and lines to make it a fine, entertaining choice. Some of the scenes are pretty slapstick and "madcap", but they feel like part of the fun, not like some desperate attempt to save the book. The characters are busy, not frantic; the situations are silly, not stupid; the narrative is deadpan not dead-in-the-water. Some of the jokes and situations are predictable, but some aren't and end up being pleasant surprises. The author's touch is fairly restrained, and some of the funniest stuff is a bit sneaky, and hidden almost as throw-away lines. While the protagonists are summer-job-adolescents, the author is clearly a fairly balanced soul who has a rather rueful memory of life at that age and this shaggy dog tale very nicely captures the humor and agony of that time of life.
So, a very nice and rewarding find, and you probably will make a chuckle noise every now then. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
It is really well worth a read.
The main characters are all likeable in different and unique ways which keeps the story interesting. The only thing I struggled with a little bit was the Cornish 'accent' it's not an accent I'm familiar with so I was quite glad that Andy, who is the main focus of the story, (who actually is Cornish but doesn't have the strong dialect) often translates :-)
The highlight of the story for me was the sled race - it's not often a book makes me laugh out loud however the few pages describing the race certainly did.
Recommended and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book very entertaining. I laughed at the antics. Very well wriitten. So very Cornish!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A departure from his sci-fi fare, but nonetheless extremely well written. I do wonder how much of the book was "inspired by" events from the author's Cornish childhood - if... Read morePublished 12 months ago by theBishopp
This book made me laugh out loud. It's a good story too. I hope the author writes more like it.Published 16 months ago by DA
Very funny and a real storyteller. I was truly sorry the book ended as I wanted to know what happened to all the characters next. Look forward to the next book.Published 18 months ago by Graham Lamond
Brilliant, laughed out loud when reading this, it's hilariousPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
i realy couldnt get into this book. if it wasnt for the fact that l had lived in cornwall for many years i just wouldnt have understood alot of the story. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2014 by ron jackson
Very entertaining - enjoyed the local characters and the happy ending. Will never look on ice creams the same again.Published on 24 Jun. 2014 by Arjayem
I tell 'ee this book was as it said it was, a bleddy Proper Job, being a Cornish maid from the town tis set in mentioning playcess I did work at and playcess I did live at did mek... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Tami Cross-Halls