|March 29, 2016||Posted by admin under Fiction, Humour|
Written by Terry Fallis
Published in 2015
Published by McClelland & Stewart
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Andrea Scott
Publication Date: October 2015
I really like Terry Fallis. I have read all of his books to date and was very excited to receive his latest book “Poles Apart”.
Since Fallis typically writes humorous books – he was twice been awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor – I wondered how he would make a book about feminism funny. I guess the idea that a man could be a staunch feminist writing an anonymous blog is somewhat funny. Overall, however, I felt that the book fell a little flat. While I generally liked the main character, Everett, I found much of the dialogue written for him to be a bit stiff or wooden.
Also, several times in the book the author is trying to build some suspense but the entire time the reader knows what’s coming so I found the effort frustrating and annoying rather than suspenseful. The supporting characters in this book, especially Everett’s parents, felt pretty clichéd and stereotypical to me.
While I liked the story I really did not love it. It is my least favorite of all of Fallis’ work and the one I found least funny. Perhaps the subject matter did not lend itself to humor as much as the topics of his previous books. I did learn a bit about feminism from this book and it piqued my interest in some feminist writings. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light easy read with some humor.
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