“Bumpy Roads” is the second book of short stories by Brian Wilson, an author who lives in New Zealand. It takes a look at all the small troubles in life; cleaning up after an earthquake, rental cars, middle age pot bellies, and more. Some of the stories are just a reflection on life. Others have a bit of British humor, or irony to them. There’s no set cast of characters, or a recurring theme other than something that is bothersome in some way.
The book is written using the British style of English (the trunk of a car is called a boot). It’s a bit stiffer than American English. Readers that enjoy the British programs on public television would enjoy this book.
Personally, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I guess it all depends on which side of the pond you’re on.
It’s hard for me to judge the writing style because British is a completely different style from American. Because I’m not familiar with turn arounds, pubs and castles, I would have liked a bit more description. The author does a good job of capturing the dialect and personalities of the characters. It was tasteful in that there isn’t any foul language or behaviour in the book. The characters are mostly in the forty to sixty year old range, and the book might appeal to that age group.
I took one star off because the cover design looks so amateurish, and because the book contains poetry in the back which seemed to be just fluff and filler to make the book a little longer. Four of the stories are by a different author, and I don’t see the logic to that decision.
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