Hope Springs Eternal,
This review is from: Excuse Me for Living (Paperback)
'Excuse Me for Living' is an entertaining story by Ric Klass that underlines the fact that having wealth is one thing, but finding happiness is another.
The central figure in the novel is Dan Toper, who seems to be doing his best to squander his privileged upbringing. Surrounded by dubious friends, Dan is sent away to rehab after a suicide attempt, but he still seems determined to continue living a wild life - and he also can't seem to stop himself from upsetting females of all ages. The disintegration of his parents marriage hardly help matters.
But, behind the mask of wisecracks, Dan Toper is a vulnerable individual. It's only as the novel progresses that we see him gradually mature and his cynicism at the old guys he's forced to meet begins to be replaced by respect and compassion.
'Excuse Me for Living' has excellent characterization, and, though a lot of the characters aren't actually lovable, the novel shows how complicated human beings are. It also shows that none of us are beyond hope, and that good times may still lie ahead.