A hilarious radical debut novel that breaks every rule--yet also spins a tender, bittersweet tale about a single dad struggling to raise his son. Modeled on the bestselling 1969 hippie handbook of the same title, this wildly inventive tale is both a stunning tour-de-force and a wise and charming consideration of the stuff of great fiction: death, ...
A hilarious radical debut novel that breaks every rule--yet also spins a tender, bittersweet tale about a single dad struggling to raise his son. Modeled on the bestselling 1969 hippie handbook of the same title, this wildly inventive tale is both a stunning tour-de-force and a wise and charming consideration of the stuff of great fiction: death, love, loss, responsibility, and road trips.
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What kind of solipsistic walking diaper would straight up rip off the title of a successful useful book just to sell his own nail-clippings of a novel?
This one, apparently.
I ordered this book thinking it was a newer edition of "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive A Step By Step Book of Procedures for the Compleat Idiot" by John Muir.
Apparently, I'm a compleat idiot for not reading the description more carefully because I would never imagine that some twit would "compleatly" rip off the title of another successful VW book just to sell copies of his own trash.
And clearly, it's selling for $6 new and a buck fifty used, so he's no Shakespeare. I truly hope that people point and laugh at him whenever Christopher Boucher walks by with a mirror in his hands admiring his own wit.
I'm so annoyed I don't even want to try to read this garbage. It looks like it's just some guy thinking he's oh-so-clever-and-creative! Look at him! Oh, he's so unique!
Chris, I'm sure your mom's proud. Everyone else probably thinks you're a weenie.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-06-06 Writing to save your life-and your 1971 Volkswagen-is at the heart of this wildly imaginative debut. The car isn't just like a son to the narrator, it is his son. A series of whimsical adventures set in Northampton, Mass., find memory and fiction assuming anthropomorphic dimensions and rules about "parts and action... changing and changing back, with no warning." Raising a Beetle involves feeding it the crazy stories of characters like the Memory of My Father, named after the narrator's real father, who was killed by a Heart Attack Tree one morning in Amherst; a mother who is actually two characters (the One Side of My Mother complains to the television; the Other Side of My Mother cleans up the kitchen); an array of nettlesome former girlfriends such as the Lady Made Entirely of Stained Glass, whose shattered bits, used to fix one of the Beetle's "eyes," brilliantly "broadcast" her hues "onto the roads of Northampton"; and of course the Beetle himself, a mischievous fellow indeed. Boucher brings even more formal fun to the mix by basing his book on the famous 1969 manual by John Muir. Readers are in for a fresh, memorable ride with this inventive "collage of loss." (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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