I can't comment on the German, but this is another quirky, engaging, surprising Geoff Nicholson novel. He continues to be one of our most engaging humorists. Plotwise, I preferred this to his previous two Volkswagen related novels, though it should be stressed that each is a stand-alone. Part adventure, part love story, part movie madness saga, the story of this one has stuck with me and I look forward, as ever, to reading his next.
Geoff Nicholson likes writing about Volkswagen Beetles. After Street Sleeper and Still Life with Volkswagens, Gravity's Volkswagen is his third book in which this car plays an important role. The format of Gravity's Volkswagen is also the same as the other two books. There is a main story interspersed with short chapters (two or three pages) with curious stories involving Beetles. The main story deals with the making of a movie adaptation of the book Volkswagen en Velociraptors by the main character of the book, Ian Blackwater.
Geoff Nicholson's books are normally very humorous and characterized by surprising twists in the plot, and people finding themselves in absurd situations. These aspects are unfortunately largely absent in Gravity's Volkswagen. The action is fairly predictable, and I also did not find much humor in the book. I found the misspelling of the German word for beetles that is used at various places even a bit disturbing. It should be spelled Kaefer, or even better without the first "e" but with two dots on the "a". In the book it is spelled with neither the "e" nor the dots, which reminds me too much of kaffer.