Sunday, August 9, 2009

Book Review: No Mad, by Sam Moffie

No Mad, by Sam Moffie

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: BookSurge; 1st edition (February 24, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1439204616
Rating (1 to 5 *): ****


Nomad…a wanderer. When Aaron Abrams rushes home to tell his wife about his incredible book deal, he finds something that changes his life forever: his wife and brother going at it in his swimming pool. Before they can even finish their little romp, Aaron is out the door and starting a journey to a new life. First to New York to finalize his book deal, then to his Alma Mater to look up his old class mates to interview them for a book about life after college. Leaving married life behind, he lets go of any inhibitions he might have had. Is he mad? No--while he occasionally harbours some ill thoughts about his ex-wife-to-be and ex-brother-to-be, he is more focused on moving on.

Aaron’s journey is not just a physical one, carrying him across the country. It is also a spiritual journey that carries him back in time as forward into a new life. As he enters his “way back machine”, he relives some of his fondest childhood memories. At the same time, he watches as today’s youth create some of those same memories—showing that kids really don’t change much from generation to generation.

If you prefer a linear story, you will not find it in Sam Moffie’s books—he likes to jump forward and backward in time as he tells the story. However, the timeline really does not matter, because it is Aaron’s journey that is the point of the book. In reading the book, you get to know Aaron and what makes him tick—and what ticks him off. And what gets him off.

Readers with delicate sensibilities will want to note that there are some explicit scenes and raunchy language in the book. It is a raucous tale that will make you laugh and repulse you all at the same time, and it will certainly entertain you.

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