Loved this book. It‘s like a Wes Anderson movie in a book! Hilarious, fun, and dark.
Is there a Litsy equivalent to #latergram? Finished this at lunch yesterday. deWitt is my new favorite.
Hmm. The first chapter was great. The theme that love triggers all manner of extreme behavior be it heroic or horrific was interesting. It lacks connective tissue though. The result is an assorted collection of good ideas and great moments - which of course do not a good novel make.
I listened to the audio version of this book and it brought to mind an audio-graphic novel - not my chosen genre at all. Having said that, the writing is very clean and crisp, and Simon Prebble‘s narration was faultless. The story itself though was just a bit too weird for my taste. ⭐️⭐️
I loved this! I was only meh about The Sisters Brothers, but liked this one much more! It‘s kind of like a tall tale with deadpan humor. It‘s really enjoyable! *picture stolen from internet
Just started this book, and oh yes, I think I‘m going to like this.
Hahahahaha erm what?
50 pages in—I think this book is my kinda weird.
This eccentric Atlantic Canadian writer isn't everyone's cup of tea. I have no idea whether he will be mine – but this was an attractive softcover edition—book flaps!—on sale, so I snapped it up.
Well this was a miss for me. I went audio on this one and found it slow, at times super boring and very light on any interesting plot. Should have been a DNF, but kept hoping it would get better. Did anyone enjoy this book in print?
52 ~ Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 18.05.17 ~ Finished: 25.05.17
I enjoyed 'Undermajordomo Minor', Lucien (Lucy) Minor is a interesting character, he knows who he is & is comfortable with his choices. I also liked his outlook on life & how he reacts to everything that happens to him.
'Undermajordomo Minor' is a quirky story which has something for everyone.
Loved Sisters Brothers. This one was a bit slow getting started, now I'm half way through and can't wait to get back to it.
Tfw when you make a delicious lemon blueberry cake and you keep shaving off thin little slices and you suddenly realize you've eaten almost half of the cake in about three hours. 😔 (and it must have been you because you are the only one home.) Also, I bailed on this because after 50 pages, I realized I had no interest in what would happen next. So, off to the next Dr. Siri Paiboun...always a comfort read for me.
Kafka as directed by Wes Anderson. DeWitt's droll humor & repartee will not appeal to everyone, but I found it charming.
And the rest of my haul from this weekend's thrift shopping. Have you read any of these? (this photo is for you, @DebinHawaii 😂).
You guys...I need a handler for this thrift shop. I just want you to know a)I actually put books back! b) It was 50% off day and c)This stack cost under $9. Now to find shelf space...😬 #thriftscore #cantstopwontstop
Though a slow start, I loved the final third of this book. Lucy grows from a whiny boy into a man of his own. The story doesn't bother with tidy conclusions or simple plot developments. The conclusion is open-ended, as is much of the narrative. Its strange and oddball and a bit unknowable, but it made me think, long after I put the book down. While maybe not one of the best books I've ever read, its one of the most INTERESTING.
Okay, it's official: I'm a Patrick DeWitt fan. I loved Sisters Brothers and I thought Undermajordomo Minor was just as fantastic in a bizarre, amusing way. It's a funky little parable-esque novel but it made me laugh aloud. I also felt attached to several characters, though they were all flawed in their own ways. The audiobook performer is fabulous as well! #recommendsday
This is a funny (not, like, ha ha funny, but sometimes absurd and definitely amusing) book about someone who is basically witnessing other people's lives and observing the people around him. The story ends when he makes a decision entirely on his own, guided by no one (this isn't really a spoiler as I haven't told you what happens!). It's a fun read and I'm glad I picked it to break in my new Kindle Paperwhite. :)
?I just didn't get this book. Maybe I'm just not familiar with folk tales. It had its funny moments, and plenty of weird ones. It was a quirky, quick read. It's my "U" pick for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge.
Sipping a frappe and starting what I hope will be a romp. Lucy accepts his first job offer, "a decision which led to many things, including but not limited to true love, bittersweet heartbreak, bright-white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal impulse."
Dark fairy tale about a teen who finds love in a village next to an empty castle with a crazy killer. Witty dialogue and gruesome violent scenes. It starts funny but later turns sad. Lucy's introvert nature sometimes comes off as cold, also I felt the ending was rushed. 8/10
Charming dark comedy. Transforms European folktales elements into something entirely original: a mash-up of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel with Pauline Reage's The Story of O, and Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster. #setinEasternEurope
Such an interesting book. It somehow managed to be slow and lyrical AND action packed. If you don't mind a bit of whimsy (or rather a lot of whimsy) this should be on your tbr!
Also, how lovely is the endpaper?
The Baron folded the letter and set it upon the side table. "All I know, boy, is that life is, on occasion, entirety too vast for my tastes." Here he submerged himself, and afterwards did a great many bubbles rise up from the depths of the bathtub, this due to the fact of the Baron screaming underwater.