This Book Will Save Your Life: A M Homes

14Oct07

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Once in a while, you read a book that is an entirely intimate and personal experience. It’s extremely gratifying but unnerving to read about a protagonist who shares your traits, quirks and personal philosophy. This was one such book for me.

This Book Will Save Your Life is a satire of affluence and it’s pitfalls. Richard Novak is a self made man who is obsessed with health food, art, culture and pretty much nothing else. A fit of unexplained chest pain forces him to reevaluate his life, loves and family. This is a story about a man who attempts opening up to a world and is surprised in the strangest of ways.

Richard reconnects with his brother and son and opens himself to the idea of intimacy. In the meantime he makes friends with a movie star, a reclusive screenwriter and all the while, his house is slowly being devoured by a sinkhole. This is more of a dark comedy where you inadvertently laugh at a person’s misfortunes than at his sense of humor. What’s amazing is that A M Homes is a woman; and for a woman she shows an in depth knowledge about the inner workings of men.

On the surface, this seems like light reading but at the end of it you will be left with a surge of hope and maybe, just maybe, it’ll save your life.

An exhaustive review here.

http://www.amhomesbooks.com/

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3 Responses to “This Book Will Save Your Life: A M Homes”

  1. Sounds like a great novel…I’ll check it out soon šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your view point.

  2. 2 Swen

    I saw this book in the store. Noted it for its title. Then walked on to the comic section šŸ˜€

  3. 3 soorajrox

    @swen
    Even though I needed something a life saver(like that saves you to ‘Get a Life!!'(…don’t, I know its a bad one)), the Doughnuts got me the attention šŸ˜


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