I purchased this book because a friend of mine told me about it. (She had seen it in a Book-of-the-Month Club magazine--nominated for their fiction award.) I discovered when I checked it out on Amazon that it had received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus. Then I read an excellent review in my local paper (Baltimore Sun), and saw a rave review in The NY Times. After I bought the book, I also saw that Newsweek's reviewer liked it. The bottom line: This novel had good word of mouth, a great local review, and excellent national reviews from the New York Times and Publisher's Weekly. So I bought it and loved it. This is a brilliant, funny book, part mystery, part legal thriller, part spiritual trip. It's as good as the buzz. While I realize this is not a chat room. I do take issue with one of the reviews that appears on this page, suggesting that all the good reviews come from Mr. Clark's friends. This wouldn't be possible, would it? I do not know...
I admit that the title alone is what drew me to this book, but the author doesn't disappoint: THE MANY ASPECTS OF MOBILE HOME LIVING is as odd and beguiling and clever as its title promises. It's no white trash epic, but actually a weird and compelling ride with a young, spiritually lost judge of the New South and his brother, a charming rogue with his own problems. Their misadventures and romances and conversations are never less than entertaining, but Clark has more on his mind than that. He uses his characters, so strange and complicated that they seem as real as any fictional people you'll ever encounter, to explore many important themes -- success, the American Dream, race, the meaning of life -- in a subtle and yet thrillingly original way. At the end, I got the feeling you always get from the best books, that everything the author wrote is true and that all the characters you met are off living their lives in the same fits and stalls and moments of...
How many books do you run across which are thought-provoking and full of wild plots and wonderful characters? The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living has all this and more. I couldn't figure out how the author was going to tie all this toghether at the end, but he did, and the ending just left me shaking my head. You'll not find a better book out there. This one takes chances and breaks all kinds of rules, but it really works. Hope to see Evers and Pascal and Pauletta again soon.
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