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The Easy Way Out

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Patrick O'Neil is a travel agent who never goes anywhere. His closest confidante, Sharon, is chain-smoking her way to singles hell, passing up man ( ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500
apollo

good writing but....

by apollo on Jan 21, 2010

Second novels are problematic, and this one proves it. Stephen McCauley does write wonderfully, and if you like the kind of stuff that is produced in so-called creative writing classes, this book is definitely for you. Here's the problem. The situation of the characters at the beginning of the book is an engaging ploy. Then nothing happens for most of the book. If you're still reading it, you get to find out what happens to the characters close to the end of the book. This could be a new art form. A three-act opera, with no action in Act 2. I'm not saying that plot-heavy writing is better that plot-weak writing, don't get me wrong. The problem is that the reader doesn't really connect with any of the characters, funny and idiosyncratic though they are. So the reader may not care what ultimately happens to the characters (who in fact, seem hyped for comedic value, which further distances the reader from identifying with the characters). The lead character is someone I would have no interest in meeting. I don't think a believable movie could be made out of this novel.

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James
by James on Jul 5, 2007

A joy to read by Stephen McCauley. Keep up coming!

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