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on 24 August 2012
A fantastic read! The story of Eric, a normal bloke, mid 40s, terrified of flying and swimming (amongst other things), riddled with insecurities, cat lover, father, divorced with red hair- a nice guy who loves his work as a Librarian, particularly as it gives him the opportunity to reach out to people through book clubs and poetry sessions. Always making plans to provide library services for the benefit of those less fortunate (prisoners, mentally ill, homeless) - he is one of life's unsung and unnoticed heroes = just a very ordinary chap.
Nothing in life ever seems to go right for Eric; he really does have a run of bad luck, turning him into a very lonely man who looks upon himself as one of life's losers. We soon learn that all he wants out of life for himself is to love and be loved, and to be part of a family.
The story unfolds gently but fluidly and we really get to know Eric as we watch him face knock back after knock back. As it progresses we learn more and more about his heart breaking childhood which sowed the seeds for the vast majority of his insecurities in adulthood. We watch as he learns to start conquering his fears and adopting the philosophy of accepting and facing up to the bad things that happened to him in life, making him a stronger person. I loved Eric unconditionally; he made me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement at so many of his observations on life, and I had my fingers crossed throughout the book for a happy ending for him.
It is beautifully written with an ending which was very poignant, moving and satisfying without being predictable.