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The Secret Lemonade Drinker Board book – 3 Apr 1995

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Product details

  • Board book: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671854380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671854386
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.4 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chicago Tribune" A tragicomic pageant...McMurtry displays yet again both his large-souled empathy and Dickensian gift for bringing people to vibrant life as quickly as anyone writing today.

"The New York Times Book Review"

Works very well...The reader [is] in the hands of a real pro.



"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

In Aurora Greenway, Mr. McMurtry has created an unsinkable character as memorable in many ways as Scarlett O'Hara.



"Chicago Tribune"

A tragicomic pageant...McMurtry displays yet again both his large-souled empathy and Dickensian gift for bringing people to vibrant life as quickly as anyone writing today.



"Entertainment Weekly"

McMurtry is back on familiar ground: the humid freeways of Houston, land of strong-willed, lusty, indomitable women and the spineless men who inevitably fail them....Endlessly inventive.



"The New York Times Book Review" Works very well...The reader [is] in the hands of a real pro.

"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" In Aurora Greenway, Mr. McMurtry has created an unsinkable character as memorable in many ways as Scarlett O'Hara.

"Entertainment Weekly" McMurtry is back on familiar ground: the humid freeways of Houston, land of strong-willed, lusty, indomitable women and the spineless men who inevitably fail them....Endlessly inventive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

McMurtry has published 21 novels (the best-known listed above). He also operates antiquarian bookshops in Washington DC, Texas and Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Board book
While everyone is so worried about the future and its probrems, here is one guy who menages to describe in a perfect way, the troubles of being a man of 30 or something in a small but interesting village in the middle of nowhere, strugling to keep the woman he loves, while fighting his natural impulses of spreading his seed, and avoiding the strong influence of a so called best friend. just unmissible.
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This book is a fast-paced read, and is very readable. It is aimed very much at a "bloke" market, so being female, I do understand I am not the target audience at all, which is probably why I found it rather depressing, even though parts of it were very amusing.

Also, it was first published in the late 1970s, so a lot of society's attitudes have changed since then - killing people whilst drinking and driving, and positively encouraging drunk driving and finding it funny aren't the norm any more, and are not generally socially acceptable, whereas it was when the book was written (and a chunk of the book hinges on this). Also, if a man of 32 got a rather dim 20 year old student pregnant, he wouldn't be expected instantly go about divorcing his wife to marry her, especially when he wasn't too keen on being a parent anyway. Oh yes, and women gave up their jobs the moment they got married (yes, yes, I know it was normal for the time for their social group, I must keep telling myself that!).

Without giving too much of the plot away, this novel concerns a 32 year old man who is having a mid-life crisis. He's been diagnosed as infertile, but this doesn't really seem to be connected to his random casual sex with strangers. After lots of partner-swapping, and lots of alcohol, it has a rather unhappy ending for everyone concerned. (It's a bit like one of the exercises we used to be set in English lessons in school - write a story of no more than 1500 words picking up the story 5 years later. It wouldn't be a jolly follow-up.)

It does have some funny lines, and I'm just giving it 3 stars because I am inevitably seeing it from a 21st century point of view - I wasn't born when this book was published, and the attitudes seem like a whole different world to me. It's kind of uncomfortable to read for a woman, there's a lot of misogyny. Women are either sex objects or apes or mothers. They don't have their own distinct personalities.
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Format: Board book
....I've ever read. Typical Guy Bellamy characters in typical Guy Bellamy settings (usually a pub or a bar). Witty, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny. If this book doesn't make you laugh then you need a sense of humour transplant.
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