22 Oct 2013

FOUR FATHERS VOLUME ONE: FOR WHOM THE BOOK TELLS.

FOUR FATHERS VOLUME ONE: FOR WHOM THE BOOK TELLS by GEORGE PRITCHARD HARRIS.

SOURCE: Received for  review from the author.

Four Fathers Volume 1, "For Whom The Book Tells" traces the early influences of nature and nurture. Exploration and wonder are the watchwords. Four lifelong friends find themselves at a precipice overlooking the turmoil of the times.

Joe Cebellum, Fred Etheridge, Tommy Wanderby, and Sam Thorn step into the tumult to find the sybaritic and the kinesthetic. Confusion finds comfort from the storm. A "four-way hit" debunks the notion that you can't find your way home.

Four Fathers is everyone’s tale even as it is unique to its characters. The bygone past is traveled without benefit of GPS. “Four Gigs” has an entirely different meaning in what is now virtual antiquity. The four fellow travelers stumble upon the raw and the cooked. The pages of the book of life form their dreams as their dreams form them.
..... Outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE (Prolegomenamble): Lorraine "Ma" Camphor was a crusty old bird whose face resembled an unhappy bulldog.

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 249): Tommy was trying to decide, when he found Cindy next in the hallway outside class, whether he should just stick his tongue out at her, or whether to raise the relationship to the next step by pulling her left pigtail with his right hand.

MY THOUGHTS: A surprisingly big novel (and I'm not just talking about the unusual 25.4 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm format) full of eccentric characters and wry observations from what the author describes as his overworked imagination. For Whom The Book Tells (part one in a series of what I believe will be at least 8 books) is crammed full of book (and movie) references that will doubtlessly delight most bibliophiles.

At times lewd, often very touching but always whimsical. Its a quirky novel the likes of which I've never read before though as a typical English woman it has to be said that I'm not convinced I always fully appreciated the humour.





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13 comments:

Kelly said...

I'm not sure what to think of this, but you've certainly piqued my interest. I just wish it wasn't the beginning of a series. Still....I may have to look at it a little more closely.

Jinky said...

Sounds like the author wanted to make sure his book stood out ..physically and in content. ~Potentially fascinating ..I take it he went a bit too far on the humour? Either case, not crazy about the lewd part.

Barbara said...

I’m not sure what to make of this, but I love the ‘raise the relationship to the next step by pulling her left pigtail with his right hand’ line. I will ponder on it for a while but may pass on this one.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love references to other books/movies, etc. in a novel. Fun!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like an interesting start to a series. I am not much for lewd humor, but I do like whimsical.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh like quirky and I'm glad you enjoyed the humor. I like those kinds of books. Thanks for the review!

Naida said...

I do enjoy quirky stories and book and film references as well.

Mamakucingbooks said...

i wonder if i will like this book. Guess i have to read a few pages before i can decide

Blond Duck said...

Sounds cute!

Alexia561 said...

I enjoy film references and quirk, but sometimes an author can try too hard and that spoils the book for me. Enjoyed your review, but think I'll pass on this one.

Aunt Mary said...

I liked the first sentence very much , I am happy that you found some good humor to read :)

Suko said...

Well-composed review, as always Tracy. It sounds quirky and clever. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds off beat and diverse. It also sounds very fun.

Eight books! I will say the author would have to be VERY good to hold my attention.