As I get older, I find myself being much more selective in my choice of books, even the ones read only for pleasure and relaxation. If it’s not an attention-grabber after reading the first few pages and summary, forget it.
I recently found: The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living by (Judge) Martin Clark at our local library. The title intrigued me, not to mention the quirky cover photo.
The long list of impressive reviews also piqued my interest. By way of example, The New York Times writes:
“Scruffily engaging….Clark sashays in…and delivers the goods”
And deliver Clark does!
This is a novel that kept my interest from the first page to the last. Entertaining, funny and fast-paced. And in my opinion, the strongest pluses are the attention to detail and larger than life characters that Martin Clark has so skillfully crafted. Their human voices and emotions ring true and genuinely resound; a testimonial to Clark’s unique and accomplished writing style.
I do not agree with some reviewers descriptions that this is a “crime thriller”. Yes, there are crimes along the way as the story unfolds. But there is something else happening throughout this book that adds so much more to the plot and enjoyment of reading this story. A magical quality that truly defies this novel from being pigeon-holed in one specific genre. There is a tangible spiritual presence to this book, along with all the very human and for the most part believable twists and turns, as the story progresses.
By the end of the book, all is satisfyingly revealed in an unexpected and uplifting ending. I like that, a lot! So many novels I’ve read throughout the years, did not ( in my humble opinion) ultimately bring the story to a proper close. Almost as if the author is late for their submission deadline and the only thing on their mind is “wrapping it up and shipping it out”. Clark takes the time to: answer all the questions, wrap up all the loose ends and right to the final page, does indeed deliver the goods.
Not much here about actual “mobile home living” (sorry if that’s what you were hoping to find) LOL, but there is a whole lot of story to enjoy, entertain, surprise and delight if you are looking for a satisfying novel to pass the time.
I noted on Amazon that the reviews for this book are in many cases as varied and complex (as reviews go) as the novel itself. Not everyone liked the book obviously, but by far most readers who share their thoughts on Amazon do see the talent and originality that Martin Clark so skillfully brings to this novel.
Buy or borrow this book, you won’t be sorry! And do stop by and let me know what you think, after you’ve read it. I’m looking forward to reading Martin Clark’s newest novel: The Legal Limit. Hopefully the good Judge Clark will once again provide a satisfying read, that is worth the time.
I’m guessing he will.