Book number 23: With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed by L. Truss. For someone who doesn’t read a lot, My Man awfully buys tons and tons of books, this one included in his latest haul. Thank you, Babe. 🙂
What it is: The book circles on one big, bizarre misunderstanding, which is quite funny at times and stupid in others, concerning some pretty quirky people working for a dying gardening magazine, which existed since the Jurassic era, and the equally quirky people who bought the magazine to close it . With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed is filed under a comic novel, but I did not find it that hilarious as expected; in fact, from other reviews I’ve seen, it’s either you totally have hysterics over it or completely miss it and even find it boring. There is also a mystery bit to it and a romance side which harbors on high school crushes and the like.
What I liked about it: I can name specific things I liked on the book: the fact that it concerns a magazine office, the main character, Osborne Lonsdale has “a liberality with cupcakes bordering on saintliness” with a personal record of eight cupcakes in one sitting, and there is a rabbit involved in the story. There are flashes of humor and wit but not all the way through. The presentation of the ending is quite nice too.
What I did not like about it: For a 210 page book, it certainly took me longer to finish With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed than usual. It started very slow and the story is not so solid. There are tons of characters within, all flat no less, but I must admit I enjoyed their neurosis. I’m also not certain if it’s just me or there is just no acceptable reason to use words like abstemiousness, nugatory, perambulation, atavistic, innocuous, and betokening in a novel… or is it because With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed is British? 😉
Recommended for: People who want to test their humor, those interested in knowing garden sheds and the many creative uses of pitchforks.
Special thanks to my cousin Alex and his fiance Pern for the bookmark from Thailand. Next time I’d visit and get my own! 🙂