Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5 stars to The Barber's Conundrum by John Hartnett #ReviewShare #Humor @johnjhartnett

Did you know that? For the first time, 2 consecutive World Cups are not hosted in Europe. World Cup 2012 was hosted in South Africa. 

And now, my book review for ...

The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories: Observations on Life from the Cheap Seats

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Hartnett has compiled stories from his life that engage the reader in both the narrative and in the minds of the 'characters', who in this case are people who have interacted with the author and vice versa. The best non-fiction pieces allow us to peer into the thought processes of people very much unlike us, but who are driven by the same universal motives and desires.

This is apparent through the 30 something chapters in The Barber's Conundrum and is especially amusing because the author is not at all shy about including his own weaknesses and plights. This is something I will never be able to do.

At the same time, for the reader there is sufficient 'plot' and action to keep you reading ahead. Like Chapter 14 - If We're Late Again for Church, I Will Kill You - is what my family goes through every Sunday if not every Saturday evening before Sunset Mass. This is masterful writing, which allows us to better understand the thoughts and feelings of others.These stories are powerful, intriguing, hilarious, and beautiful in their perfection.

Amazing story-telling, satirical in the true sense of the word. Often depicting the modern family, funny themes, yet so close to the present culture, at times, to be just a step away. Now to hop over to this author's blog, for more doses of funny life (and people).

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.


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