An intriguing book which, because I think there is a huge market for gentle comedy novels, I really wanted to enjoy. It's not laugh out loud funny as stated, but definitely funny in places, I just wish it went to those places more often.
The characters were stereotypes, and the situations were very predictable. Whenever a tent, a van, a bus etc were introduced, I just knew things were going to go drastically wrong, solely due to the ineptitude of the protagonist or his newly found friends (it became quite tiresome after a while) - surely some comedy could have been made from the situation rather than the characters inability to function correctly.
I think this was the first book by the author, and although my review seems quite negative, I will try another one to see, if over the intervening years, he’s improved as a writer. I definitely think he has a ‘laugh out loud book’ in him, but sadly, in my opinion, this wasn't it.
This book is just genius. I can relate to the main character, as I think very many can. Never quite brave enough to do what you really want and what makes you truely happy, instead looking back at a certain age and realising you've been stuck in the rat race of 9 to 5, desperately trying to fit into a corporate and suburban life with the life force slowly dripping from your soul. The characters take me back to my student years and a carefree life, and like the main character, one I've been yearning to return to. It is such a funny book, the characters are so vivid, and the story so well written, they are brought to life brilliantly. One of those books you don't want to end. Getting to the last page is like saying good bye to friends. Loved it. Please read it.
An enjoyable romp with a variety of eccentric characters. A well developed plot with a creditable outcome. It is good to read a humorous novel that doe not rely on crude language and gratuitous sex.
I recommend it to anyone with a gentle sense of the ridiculous and,it has many joyous moments including some LOL times. I loved the setting, which is in my part of the country (Somerset) annd can vouch for the credibility of the characters - I could place most of them within my circle of acquaintances........
I usually read serious crime thrillers but deciding that my mind could do with a break from the somewhat disturbing chapters of some recently read novels I decided to read "The Return of the Hippy".
I really enjoyed the book. I had never been a hippy but did have fond nostalgic thoughts of that era. The book successfully portrayed the contrast with the intensity of our lives today. Whilst I couldn't say I frequently laughed out loud, I did have a permanent smile on my face. For me, this book was a tonic and, as intended, an antidote to the somewhat disturbing content of many modern crime thrillers.
Just a lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The only thing I could have done without was the unnecessarily lengthy and detailed description of the central character's sexual encounter with his girlfriend. I skipped most of this once I saw the kind of detail he was going into. I accept that it seems impossible to get a novel published these days without at least one such scene's featuring in it; indeed a friend of mine was refused publication of a novel for that very reason. It has to rebound to the abiding shame of Britain's publishing industry. Otherwise, highly recommended - a great little book to have on holiday with you.
A great tale, loved it! A disillusioned city worker abandons his job and takes to the road, something most of us have dreamt of at some time I'm sure. The story builds slowly in the early stages, but be patient: the outcome is well worth waiting for. One of those books you regret reading because you can't have cake and eat it - if you get my drift. It could do with proofing because there are a few mistakes, but they didn't affect my enjoyment in any way. Brilliant David, keep 'em coming!
'Scuse my plug, but The Circle Now Is Made has parallels with this book. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N17VU0S
I've often purchased books after reading glowing reviews describing them as being really funny only to be sadly disappointed and left wondering what other people found so amusing, but this is the first book I've come across that lives up to the reviews and really made me laugh out loud. OK so some of the plot is a bit contrived and it is rather crude at times but overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I've already recommend it to friends and family.
This is a great example of making the most of your life and what you want to do before it's too late. Without giving too much away it's an uplifting story of a man who is forced into taking a career in stockbroking with a high maintenance wife and kids. He is verging on a breakdown when his boss offers him a cornish cottage to chill out and relax, whilst shopping in St Ives he buys some nik naks from a hippy shop including a decorated tobacco tin and he starts thinking about his life before stockbroking. A life of clubbing, raves, and hippy led activities without caring about the "System"!!! He meets some new age hippy types in a cafe and his life completely changes for the better (Or worse depending on your point of view). I was wrapped in this story as if I was there in person watching the events unravel, it would make a great film. Highly recommended