Louise McLennan McLennan itibaren Nadigadda, Andhra Pradesh 522647, Hindistan
Hilarious wit and gentle wisdom combine to make this a book whose lines I continue to chuckle about. There is another level in which this book works for me too involving being able to laugh one's own species in a non bitter way, and a survivor's ability to accept whatever it is that comes next in a particularly British manner, involving humor and resilience that I admire. There were not passages of mesmerizing description but there was a lot of that rarest of writer's gifts, the right words. Humor especially, I would argue, requires just the right words. There is a scene in the great movie "The Sunshine Boys" in which the point is made that some words are funny, "works with a 'K" sound are funny", explains the old vaudeville comic to his nephew who replies "I'll get you a taxi". "Taxi is not funny, cab is funny". One of my favorite scenes in Don Adams' book is when the supercomputer is asked to solve the meaning of life, why we are here, everything. After a long pause the computer replies, "Tricky". I love that, and it has a 'k' in it.