Dean recently became an Earl but his inheritance is lacking so he plans to marry a heiress... but one night coming home he gets caught with a male prostitute (yeah, these things happen all the time) and his engagement is broken. Now Dean and the prostitute, Rob, begin a journey to track down his fiancee and explain the situation (it was all a goofy mix-up, hahaha)... but this journey is side tracked with doing touristy things and Dean realizing he might actually like Rob...
I was walking around Köln, Germany and saw this sign for a bar. My mind immediately thought it looked liked some deviantART for slash fanfiction, which made me happy. But then my friend explained that Koln is known as a very gay friendly city, which also made me happy.
This book was recommended by someone I generally have good reading karma with, so I was eager to read, but sadly I realize this wasn't the book for me. You see this is a real story. And by real, I mean, Jonathan Franzen does an excellent job of creating "real" characters. This is the story of a seemingly perfect family who over time becomes a bit unhinged... basically a family we probably all know or can relate too (sort of).
The problem for me is that I don't like "real" contemporary novels. I don't like "real". I deal with real life all the time, all I have to do is look around me and see broken people and marriages in disarray. You see I like fantasy or stories with a bit more "cooky" characters and these people in this book are regular people with regular people problems (i.e. boring). You see, I prefer to escape reality in my novel selection.
With that said, this book is probably perfect for people who like real life drama (apparently many people loved it, it was even an Oprah book club choice) but for me, I just found it a bit dull and was not enamored by Mr. Franzen's writing. Actually, I didn't like his writing, he wrote in, at times, oddly structured sentences that didn't always flow for me and he likes (seriously) to write very long sentence. Not to mention he likes to go on tangents, I'm talking 10 pages of dialog about a particular cerulean warbler bird and the structure of a non-profit corporation, that I felt we could most certainly do without.
Of course, I might be overly critical because like I explained, I don't like contemporary "real" life novels. I think I'll stick with my science fiction, fantasy and regency romance...
After reading this book I shut off my Kindle and just stared at the wall trying to make sense of it. After a couple minutes I realize, I didn't have an answer to that question, but I do know I enjoyed the story.
This story is filled with interesting characters, mysteries, fantasy, metaphors, humor, loneliness, and people searching for something. The plot, which I guess isn't that hard to explain (but I won't) is best left unknown... you should go into this book just knowing it will be a strange ride.
I really wanted to give this 1 and half stars, but since I'm in a kind mood I rounded up. But if you like hearing people complain about the world and depressives, this is the book for you, if not, don't even bother with this.
I am looking for Dave Chappelle. I am in desperate need of his comedy stylings. Dave, homie, if you can hear me, I am impatiently waiting for your next comedy special. I need you. WE need you! Holla at ya girl!
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