Saturday, February 14, 2009
A novel about a family that puts the personality in disorder, by Elizabeth Kelly.
Quickie Recap: Collie is the only sane member of his family, but he can't keep their strange ways from affecting his life too, so he struggles against them to find his own way without becoming like them.
Quickie Review: Collie is not surrounded by characters, but by caricatures. They're bigger versions of every family's crazy archetypes - the beloved younger son, philandering-charmer father, neurotic mother, overbearing grandfather, etc, etc. But it all serves to call attention to the fact that "normal" or not, Collie is still trying to find himself, and navigate his way through life, and he still needs a family's support, even if his leaves something to be desired.
Quickie Recommendation: One of the most memorable books I've read in a while.