How to Be Good - Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby is my comfort food author. I mean that in a good way. His novels are immediately accessible and imminently readable, and yet, they contain rather profound insights about human behaviour and motivation.
How to Be Good deals with the unraveling marriage of Katie (a physician) and David (a writer who pens a column, The Angriest Man in Holloway). When the spiritual healer DJ GoodNews enters their lives, David loses his anger and tries to make amends for past wrongs that he and the world have committed. The results are troublesome. And hilarious.
I had an odd experience while reading this book, a feeling that I had read parts of it previously. It was rather discombobulating, and I thought that perhaps I was becoming physic, until I realized that I had likely read a preview somewhere. It did not affect my enjoyment of the novel.
Hornby is well-known for his ability to capture the psyche of the modern male, so it was interesting to see him use a female protagonist in this How to Be Good. He does an credible job of speaking from the female voice as well.
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish - the words of Karl Pilkington
Poor Karl. Things never quite seem to work out for him, whether he is going round to his mam and dad's for bank holiday, or being dragged on vacation by his girlfriend Suzanne. He knows no good can come of these endeavours, and he is right.
Karl may be the most reluctant and pessimistic of travellers, but his pessimism is surprisingly insightful. Happyslapped by a Jellyfish is touted as a travel book for people who don't particularly like traveling. Karl Pilkington is the patron saint of that demographic.
This is a very short book - 200 pages of large font, interspersed with cartoons, diary entries, poems and photographs from Karl's ill-fated vacations. Over far too soon, this book was.
You must read this!