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Pocket Kings by Ted Heller
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Apr 07, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Hilarious, disturbing and uniquely thought-provoking novel about everything that is wrong with everything!

First off, Pocket Kings is truly a laugh-out-loud read. I have received an abundance of scornful looks from fellow commuter train riders who thought they were sitting in the quiet car, not the spit-take as you read car. It is really that funny.

Secondly, there is a real "message" here - actually several - but they can all be bunched together into one big WTF? What is wrong with the world? Why do people suck? How come no one READS anymore? Why is it more comfortable to interact socially online, anonymously among strangers, than with one's own spouse? And on and on.

Ted Heller has fashioned a very intelligent and savagely witty book, that takes no prisoners and effortlessly reveals its generous and rewarding nuggets to anyone lucky enough to delve into its pages. The result is a unique addition to one of the oddest and (to my mind) most enjoyable of literary niches: the slapstick tragedy.
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Ms.pegasus Like your characterization of the "slapstick tragedy" niche. I was wondering how to describe it's genre because it sort of defies classification. Nice review.

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