Thursday, January 8, 2009

Review: Misadventures of Oliver Booth

Title: Misadventures of Oliver Booth
Author: David Desmond
Genre: Satire
Publisher: Green Leaf Book Group Press
Pages: 205
Short Review: Hilarious from start to finish.
Rating: 3 Stars [Liked it!]
Recommend to Others –Yes!
Oliver Booth is not your typical likeable protagonist. In fact, he is quite repulsive. He is obese, clumsy, disgusting, stinky, sweaty, selfish, arrogant and greedy. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida – a place where homes range from about two million dollars to about 200 million. And no! Oliver Booth is not rich. He owns an “antique” store around the corner of the
Worth Avenue
– the shopping center of Palm Beach. His so called flashy antiques are all imported from Mexico and look as cheap as they really are worth. Oliver tries his very best to join the ranks of Palm Beach’s high society. But all his attempts are unsuccessful and totally hilarious.

 Oliver’s (mis)adventures are not restricted to Palm Beach alone. When he is sent on an assignment to Paris, he manages to make an even bigger fool of himself much to the amusement of all around him and the readers.
If the whole book were about Oliver alone, it might have been just too much to handle. Thankfully, we have Bernard - A smart French boy whom Oliver hires as an apprentice. Bernard is everything that Oliver is not. He is smart, in shape, honest and likable.
And just like how any satire should be, this book is short and sweet. David Desmond is a talented writer. The book is humorous from start to finish and there are no slow parts in between. I have to mention that it is a pretty quick read. I started it last night after getting  back home from work and had no intentions of reading more than a couple of chapters. But yes… by the time I went to sleep, I was done with the book!
I totally enjoyed reading this book. This was a good and refreshing change after reading “breathing out the ghost”. I am sure you will enjoy reading this as well. Give it a shot!
Thanks to David Desmond for sending me a review copy of this book! David, I sure did enjoy the world of Oliver Booth. I can’t wait to read more books about him.
Oliver Booth has his own website. You can visit it here to learn more about the book and the author. The page I enjoyed the most was the one with images from both Palm Beach and Paris (David lives in Palm Beach and has a house in Paris as well and so, is well acquainted with both places). There are quotes from the book linking each image to the relevant section in the book and it suddenly makes the whole thing more real!:)


bermudaonion said...

What a great review. I thought this book was a little silly at times, but it was still a fun read.

Madeleine said...

Thank-you Ramya :)) I am so happy to be back, just wanted to let you know. I will read your review a little later have to do the rounds of all my friends,
Sylvie (madeleine)

Jo-Jo said...

Nice review Ramya...this sounds like a good book. I gave you an award here.

S. Krishna said...

I thought the exact same thing - I enjoyed this book because of Bernard.

Goms said...

Sounds like a fun book. Great review Ramya. You make it sound like the perfect book to curl up with on a sunday afternoon with a cup of coffee :-)

Ramya said...

@bermudaonion - the book was a very light read.. liked it!:)

@madeleine - lol.. I know how busy that can get..

@jo-jo - it is a great book.. trying reading it sometime and thanks for the award.. i totally appreciate it..:)

@swapna - i guessa book only about Bernard would have been quite a bore..we did need the oliver booth factor to entertain..:) nice book, right?:)

@goms - totally!:) you'll enjoy it and be done with it soon as well!:)

Dar said...

Great review Ramya. I think it was bermuda's review I read the other day and thought that this sounded like a fun book-your review reinforces that opinion yet more.

Corinne said...

I read this one too. The scene in the courtroom slayed me :)

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Hey Ramya..

I passed by to tell you I have an award for you called The Lemonade Award, please pick it up here ..

gautami tripathy said...

I wish to read it soon. But you know the standard excuses!

BTW, I created a fun meme for book bloggers and tagged you for it. You gonna love it:

I have been lazy, hence I make excuses"

Lezlie said...

Hi, Ramya! You have received an award at my blog. Pass it on if you like, or just bask in the love! :-)


bethany said...

I have this one on my shelf, it seems that people had mixed feelings about this one....but your review makes me want to read it now. Thanks!

Happy reading to you!

Anna said...

My first thought as I began reading your review is EW! That does sound like one repulsive character. This looks like a fun read, and I enjoyed your review.

Diary of an Eccentric