The Ask, Paperback
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Yes there are some laugh out loud moments here looking at the labyrinth of mid life crises. However it often felt as though many of the situations the main character finds himself in were a little contrived. I expected a real tour de force of original writing but what I got really was a very good humourous madcap novel. One for the beach.

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I read a review prior to buying this book which claimed it was hilariously funny. It's clever, it's even brilliant in places, but it's not funny unless you find hilarity in the embarrassing failures of TV reality show contestants. Which I guess a lot of people do. There's no one in this book to like very much, but a lot you can feel superior to, if that's what you need today. The protagonist does his best--not very good--with the situation a few years of least possible effort have brought him to, and not surprisingly fails to rise above it. Everyone else achieves about the same, as well. The book is largely a vehicle for clever (and I did say sometimes brilliant) observation, but of the sort that involves making fun of the hopeless from a distance.

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