Now, I fully stand by my statement that the first 50 pages are hilarious. It's just that perhaps the book should have stopped there? And been a short story?
Addendum: **SPOILER ALERT** (sorry E!)
Because it proceeds to go into this creepy children dying, cancer ridden, coworkers going crazy and coming back to work dressed as a clown and shooting people with a paint gun place.
And really, I'm not a fan of that place.
A call to the Madre was in order...
Me: What is wrong with this book?
Me: You said it was FUNNY.
Madre: The beginning was very funny!
Me: Yeah, but then there are 200 or so un-funny pages. That wasn't deemed important enough to mention?!?
And now it is late back to the library because I couldn't renew it because someone else has it on hold and I want to tell them DON'T READ PAST PAGE 50.
Lesson learned. I will now withhold judgments and statements until the END of books.
Meanwhile, I will not comment upon but will tell you that the Madre and I are currently reading John Updike's Rabbit, Run book-club style. Feel free to join in!
"In Rabbit, Run, I liked writing in the present tense. You can move between minds, between thoughts and objects and events with a curious ease not available to the past tense."