A Typical Book Review
Surely You Jest. . .
When I first read the announcement of this month’s contest, I knew I wanted to participate but the “how” in achieving it would be another story. Some thoughts and the assembling of parts have come together as this post is now “ready”. More or less.
I wondered how could I choose one particular book? Then I thought, why choose? Why choose, indeed.
I saw selecting a common theme as my next opportunity. Something that could tie it all together. The other day, I caught a glimpse of the movie Crazy Rich Asians while channel surfing. I remember seeing it before I read the book. I was a bit disappointed in the movie. It wasn't bad and certainly entertaining enough but there was something missing for me. That missing piece was connection and I found it in the book by Kevin Kwan. He has an interesting writing style. It was such a good read that I followed it with two of his other books in this trilogy: China Rich Girlfriend as well as Sex and Vanity. Also very entertaining and kept me interested. Believe me, you need a travel guide for this globe-trotting series of adventures(along with quite a few mis-adventures) and Kwan does it well.
This leads me from some books I read a while ago to the most recent book I have finished that might make a better movie than a novel. Called Interior Chinatown - it’s written by Charles Yu and its style is very much like that of a movie screenplay because the entertainment theme plays a role in its plot so the idea of a noir-esque angle initially intrigued me. If it becomes a movie, I might see it but, for now, it was a good but not great memory as a book. It took me a bit longer than usual to finish but I did want to "see" the ending. Recommend it to others or not? That's not my style although I know that's one of the suggested rules for this challenge - err I mean contest - call me an outlier. I've been called far worse things. I will let my impression here stand on its own. You decide. You know best.
I have long appreciated the writing of David Sedaris. I became acquainted with him through his writing in various magazines. His various books are written in a self-described sardonic autobiographic style. Maybe not for everyone but for me - a terrific choice and that's important. To me. One of his books was optioned for a movie but that plan was never-to-be. Where does one begin when it comes to books written by him? Is it with Calypso his 2020 publication or Me Talk Pretty One Day or perhaps the hilarious Holiday on Ice. Again, I ask - Why Choose?
This brings me to another book - also short stories from one of my favorite columnists who used to write for the Los Angeles Times. Chris Erskine. It is definitely SoCal-centric but totally relatable to those who live outside the region. I was a longtime reader prior to his retirement and recently read Daditude which offers a collection of stories on parenthood(and other subjects). Even for those who may not be parents, he writes in a realistic way with humor as well as moments that are poignant. Just like real life. A movie connection? Well, Mr Erskine does live in our area so does know a thing or two about Hollywood-stereotypes which he deftly shares.
I could go on but really need to cut this short. . . Ooops - too late. Again.
This is a post for the August 2021 ActiveRain Contest - Book Review hosted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist from a suggested by Debe Maxwell, CRS. And courtesy of a AR Tuesday Zoom Presentation. Ah, yes, it’s difficult at times to kick that kind of connection. Kinda like thinking about contests, challenges and the ways(and whys) they are similar but so unalike. Certainly, I digress.
Posted: August 10, 2021