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Smythe's Theory of Everything

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In 2004 the author found a little diary of 386 pages written by a 62-year-old man in a nursing home. This story is inspired by that diary. E=mc2? Jack Smythe thinks Einstein is wrong and he has a theory to prove it. But he's no physicist. Instead, he's been a homeless kid, a palmreader, a cosmic theorist, a father of two (who probably aren't his) and a devoted companion to ...more
ebook, 355 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Hybrid Publishers (first published August 31st 2011)
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Karenlee Thompson
Terrific read.
...The narrator Jack Smythe is an instantly likeable sixty-two-year-old prematurely ensconced in a nursing home. He decides to spend his time there chronicling his life and that of his adored sister Kitty, at the same time giving us a rundown of the goings on in the institution, ‘Eden’ (the name of which allows for some delightful metaphor throughout.
One of my favourite quotes...Pentaque (a form of boules) is ‘the only sport you can play with a ball in one hand and a glass of chard
I thought this book was too ambitious for itself and never really achieved what the author aspired to do. If this book is meant to evoke a philosophical debate about the meaning of life it falls very short. Set in Australia across the life of character Jack Smythe finishing with his life and dissatisfaction of being in a nursing home it showed great potential in parts but for me never really got there. There were characters I wanted to know more about. Some interesting insights into life in the ...more
Peter Carmichael
This is the author's third book. The voice draws you in from the start - an eccentric character trapped in a nursing home. Sounds dull? It is NOT. He tells about his life growing up with his sister, but it is the people he meets at the nursing home that really hook you in. Fantastic!
Sep 24, 2012 Lisa marked it as guest-or-crosspost-review-anzllblog  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, 21stcentury
I didn't have time to read this one myself, so there's a guest review by Karen Lee Thompson on my blog, see
James Richards
Came across this by chance. If you can find a copy, it is well worth it. You will laugh - and cry. Very good!
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