"A tiny eternity." Mil uses that phrase within the first couple pages of the book to describe a pause in conversation. I was hooked from that point on. His wry English wit may be a bit confusing to the uninitiated, but to those familiar with his web page he has a way in his writing of capturing the excrutiating experience that it is to be human. Though he and I live on opposite sides of the globe and are likely absolutely nothing alike, Mil's writing is accessible to me in a sort of everyman way. He manages to shed light on a lot of those little personality quirks that most of us have but would rather not talk about, and he does it in a way that makes us almost not mind the subject being brought up, and his characterizations are so over the top that they can't help but make you think of someone you know who is just like that! He has mastered the art of the snowballing situation and his characters, while seemingly making the most ludicrous choices imaginable, always seem to make the...
This book captured the complex creature known as man. The author does a tremendous job of involving us in the life of Tom, his girlfriend Sara, and his mistress, George. Through his relationship with these two women, and also the wonderful supporting characters, we see Tom at his best (and his worst). Tom is a ghostwriter with a vivid imagination, and we're treated to some of his musings through some hilarious scenes - the book is witty, at times laugh out loud funny, and yet the writing still maintains class and even a `message' about human nature. In fact, some of the best portions of the book are the introductions to each chapter, which are written by "God." I'm very pleased to have found this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for quality reading material with an edge.
This is my first Mil Millington book and I have to say I just loved it. It took a chapter or two to get past the English/Scottish way of speaking - kind of like getting used to subtitles in a foreign movie - pretty soon you don't even notice it anymore. I found myself laughing out loud many, many times. I thought interposing God's voice throughout the narrative was creative and added a lot to the enjoyment of the novel. Yes, it was a serious subject and he said a lot about human nature, but he did it in a way that was refreshing and funny. He still managed not to soften the basic message or mask the real pain in the story. It was interesting how he ended it - not as predictable as one might guess. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Mil Millington's work.
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