The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break Paperback
Five thousand years on - and the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in Carolina, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him.
He leads an ordered lifestyle in a shabby trailer park where he tinkers with cars, writes and re-writes to-do lists and observes the haphazard goings on around him.
Outwardly controlled, M tries to hide his emotional turmoil as he is transported deeper into the human world of deceit, confusion and need.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/03/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841954875
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by Miro
This is about life on the fringes. The Minotaur "M" (5000 year old unique mythical beast!) lives in a trailer park, works as a chef, and is an awkward character who is often taken advantage of. Nevertheless, he has some skill in cooking and and car mechanics and through this and peoples kindness he can ease his loneliness and find some hope. Sherrill nicely brings out the value of tolerance, humanity and forgiveness in this wonderful book.
Review by osmium_antidote
By itself, this book is just a story about an unremarkable, socially inept, down on his luck guy who finds someone to love - the catch is that he is the minotaur. It is kind of a cute premise and maybe just a metaphor for the way any unremarkable, socially inept, down on his luck guy might feel.
Review by isabelx
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The joke gets old quick.