A point of view

Reflections

Reflections at the end of the day

Book Reviews.

Probably the biggest disappointment regarding a book review I had was reading a particular Booker Prize winning novel,. It was an acclaimed comedy, the trade reviews were ecstatic. I wasn’t able to buy it when first published so was over the moon after finding a copy in a charity shop a year or two back.

I should have been warned, just short of halfway into the book was a train ticket, used as a bookmark it seemed. The train travelling reader had apparently not finished the book, not even it seemed reached the halfway stage. Undeterred  I started on this worthy tome; my word was it hard work. They say that some comedy is elusive, after reading the whole book, I can honestly say that I have never encountered such elusive comedy. Wherever it is lurking it certainly isn’t within the pages of that book. I freely admit that some of the prose was good, excellent in places, though never outstanding. There are probably more copies of this book in charity shops with train tickets lodged within the pages than laughs that have been extracted from them.

I am someone who writes but not yet an author.

I take heart from the fact that I can write better comedy than a Booker Prize winning author, not only do I find my own stuff funny, other people do to.

The best comment I had was from a lady who said, “I nearly wet myself laughing when I read your story”.

Was it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes with the Booker judging panel ? Because someone said it was funny, did they feel it was their own inadequacy that stopped them seeing the jokes and felt they had to pretend it was funny even vote for it?

Many other readers of the same book share my opinion, judging by their comments, “it isn’t funny.”

All judgement is subjective, reviews are only the opinion of the person writing it and are only that, an opinion.

On the plus side my copy only cost me 50p.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Was it an American author or a British one? I find it difficult sometimes to grasp things the Americans find funny. come to that there isn’t a lot of UK comedy on TV these days that makes me laugh either. It’s all a bit too obvious. (I never thought much of Mr. Pastry or Benny Hill either)

    Reply

    • A British author Cathy.
      What makes you laugh in the way of humour?
      For me regarding humour, the sillier the better, the Goons, Monty Python, Les Dawson, Hancock, you get the picture I’m sure.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Tessa’s poems

Poetry from a Septuagenarian

MattyAndAnnika.Life

MattyAndAnnika, husband and wife who love to ride their bikes, and treat everyday as an Adventure.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Nicholas C. Rossis

dream-protecting author

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading

John Ager's Home on the Web!

reflecting my eclectic life

Stuart Orme

Historian, Folklorist, Writer, Re-enactor, Museum Professional. Follow me on Twitter: @stuartorme

Laura N Books

Book Blogger | Cat Mother

thedrabble.wordpress.com/

Shortness of Breadth

Elves Choice

Holiday Bargains & Recipes

Best Dog Training Tips & Tricks

Dog Training Guidance

Fenlandphil's Blog

A blog from the low country

So You think you've got problems?

The advice columns of two eccentric agony aunts who guide the bewildered of Britain through their personal problems,

Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

How I Killed Betty!

The Diary and blog on How to Tackle Depression and Anxiety!

The Nerdy Lion

Lions can wear glasses too

Seriousgardener's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

The Incomplete Verse

Here I share words and illustrations I discover on the journey within the crevices of my mind and the outside world. 💚

Dread Poets Sobriety

Irreverence's Glittering New Low!

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

Mistakes Writers Make ...

... and how to put them right! Advice and opportunities for new non-fiction writers and aspiring journalists and authors

Writing Wrinkles

Smoothing out the wrinkles in this wrinkly's writing

%d bloggers like this: