I loved this book about people that didn't have much to lose and were not the destiny's favourites, but they show us that they still are capable of courage, friendship, caring. The language they use - and the author chose for them - is rough, rude, but in the end, it didn't bother me any longer. Because I was caught by the story and I just wanted that something good happens for the characters. And - in a way - it does.
I really enjoyed this book. The main characters are poor losers, who are also not the cleverest of people. But somehow you start feeling for them and hoping that for once they get lucky. They try to get to the gold hidden in a gold mine, while not even being sure that the gold or the mine is really there. But as they have nothing to lose, they get started, even though they know that they might risk their lifes. At times you are quite surprised how much they achieve, only for them to stumble across a problem. Some of their problems are due to the fact that the mine is hidden away in a military test area, the others are due to them having no clue how to organise a project like that, or what to pack for a hike that would last at least a few days. There are some laugh out loud moments in the book - the first pages that you can read for free show you nicely in what style the book is written. It continues like that throughout the book.
It was one of those books where you tell yourself that you'll read just one more chapter, only to find out that you have to find out how the story continues and can't stop just yet. The reason I'm only giving 4 starts instead of 5 is that a small part of the book made me feel a bit uncomfortable - I really didn't like how one of the minor characters is treated in the book by some of the other more minor characters - it wasn't needed for the story to continue, and I think it should have been done differently. Also at the end some parts (also including those 'minor' characters) seemed to be a bit rushed to me. This is only a small part of the book, but as I really didn't like this part and got quite annoyed while reading it it's not good enough for 5 stars - but very close!
Als gebürtige Engländer habe ich diese skurriles Buch sehr genossen - vielleicht nicht ganz einfach für nicht Muttersprachler. Sex & violence & rock&roll....und viel Umgangssprache. Die Character sind schräge, die Geschichte auch, aber es passt alles schon zusammen. Zum Empfehlen