2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
- Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Leather to the Corinthians by Tom Lucas is a b**$tardi$ed version of the bible, interfaced with the Superman plot, and all offset in a world where consumerism truly is king. You (I mean I) could say, Lucas’s début novel is essentially a satirical, acerbic and anarchic side-swipe at American culture, values and its insatiable fondness for consumption, self-indulgence and WAR! In fact I just have said such a thing, and feel it’s kind of on the clown nose (read the book to understand that sort-of pun/lame joke).
Anyway... within Leather to the Corinthians there are certainly echoes of Will Self’s Book of Dave, and English readers will undoubtedly think of Ben Elton’s Blind Faith, but for my money (or discounted coupons), Leather to the Corinthians represents an off-the-wall marriage between Idiocracy and the somewhat zany Snowcrash, all with a flavoursome mistress putting-out in the form of Chuck Paluniak. It even had the dark undertones of an Anthony Burgess as an omniscient character addresses the reader directly, and throughout there are Tom Lucas’s inventive turns of phrase and creative language kicking-in all over the place: “Hensonian”, “Foogle”, and “Mall Sunday” to name but a few of the kicks.
Side note: my favourite, and in my opinion the strongest chapter in this work (the moment it truly comes alive), is chapter 14 and the introduction of Peter aka Fat A$$ (a frustrated virginal lackey at Sell Inc., and not to mention a perverted cannibal). Again, for me Tom Lucas changes gear here, introducing some truly mesmerizing geek-boy smut, though since there are suggestions of geek-boy smut throughout, the gear change into fifth feels consistent, and you won’t suffer any off-road collisions or whiplash.
So, is it worth a read?
A resolute YES at that: this début, from Tom Lucas, very much deserves to be read, and yet by no means is this a book for everyone or anyone. Leather to the Corinthians is an offbeat, counter-culture, cult-book for an acquired taste; perhaps, for a jilted generation who appreciate the cynicism of the corporate world and the horrors of business jargon (“are we all on the same page”?).
What, I’m certain of, is all those who chance to read this writer’s début, would agree Leather to the Corinthians is a technically brilliant work; Tom Lucas is an imaginative, gifted, and muscular writer, who playfully de-constructs the modern tendency for BS with a consistently madcap, humorous and anarchic tone-of-voice that often crosses the border, from utter lunacy, into the profound.
I heavily suggest you BUY IT, READ IT... CONSUME IT, and then, whilst eating a taco and slushing down a void-of-nutrition-slurpee, perhaps sit down and rethink your constant need for the consumption of all the other cr*p in your life?
NB: Very glad to hear a sequel is in the pipeline – Fat A$$, Scratch and the Soldier are all characters you’ll want to learn more about.