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A Must-Have Book.

Postby Respect4Kids » Sun May 25, 2008 1:47 pm

Normal People Frighten Me

by Stephen HAMILTON NICOL


on http://www.amazon.com
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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby Iseult » Sun May 25, 2008 1:57 pm

Synopsis
Normal People Frighten Me offers a light hearted and rough-edged philosophical way to look at the world and all who live in it. "Normal people have this unique perception of everyone and everything else. They see the world according to their conditioning; Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition...and he came third." Written by Glaswegian author, Stephen Hamilton Nicol, the book is as close to a rant as possible about life; by taking a satire swipe approach at the behaviour of: 'Normal People'. The title alone is enough to arouse curiosity for lovers of rant and general humour. 'Normal People Frighten Me' poses many questions about why normal people have this strange obsession with all things celebrity and why they conform too easily to peer pressure. Why the normals of this world follow each other like sheep; having no self-efficient or critical thinking capabilities of their own and why there is a distinct need right now to declare War on Stupidity before it's too late. There are also slight tints of political overtures and a soft grain of one-liners.Satirical philosophies from the witty Glaswegian like, "The beauty about this life is: everyone else thinks everyone else is an idiot.
" And, "Our life's prospects are not based on any faith or roll of a dice; they are divided by reality," add warmth to a mediocre-infested world but wrapped up in good old fashioned banter...in true Glaswegian style. One thing guaranteed about this book is anyone who has the privilege of reading it will see something of themselves in it; if not, others they know. It's like a mini-biography of us all in some respects. The world is made up of 90% of them and 10% of us. Where do you fit in?


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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby Iseult » Sun May 25, 2008 8:31 pm

Cushty is trying to get a reading group going. Anyone interested please follow the link.

http://3as.madeleinemccann.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9797

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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby ponky » Sun May 25, 2008 10:17 pm

Respect4Kids wrote:Normal People Frighten Me

by Stephen HAMILTON NICOL


on http://www.amazon.com



Me too :alien: :alien: :alien:
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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby chimaera » Sun May 25, 2008 10:20 pm

Thanks, Iseult. Looks like a goodie. :)
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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby Iseult » Mon May 26, 2008 7:44 pm

For anyone interested in joining the reading group, the book we have chosen to read is:

Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook Image

Synopsis
"Eric Moore's family enjoys a peaceful, well-ordered life until a tragic event alters the landscape of their happiness, the facade ripped away to expose cracks and fissures that have been there all along. Eric's teenaged son, Keith, babysits an eight-year-old girl, Amy Giordano. The following morning, Amy is missing and her father is convinced that Keith knows what happened to his daughter.

As an adult, Eric lives an outwardly complacent life, avoiding the shadowed memory of his mother's death when her car plunged over a bridge, the cancer that stole his beautiful sister and the general disharmony of his family of origin. Life with wife Meredith and son Keith is vastly different - a beautiful home, satisfying work and a teenager beset only with the familiar demons of adolescence.

Like his brick barbeque or his house, Eric's world is built to survive the elements and random violence, like "bacon and brewing coffee, odors that mark a family man as sure as perfume betrays a bounder." But Amy's disappearance exposes them all to an insidious doubt where Eric questions his son's veracity, fearful that Keith is hiding terrible secrets beyond the usual teenaged angst: "In life, it is not what we see but what we choose to be blind to that sustains us."

The mystery of the child's whereabouts sets off a chain reaction that affects everyone, especially Keith. Suspicion corrodes everything it touches - Eric and Meredith's relationship with their son, with each other, the town's innocence and gradual mistrust of a shy fifteen-year-old boy and whatever guilty knowledge lies in Keith's hidden thoughts. Eric's suspicion "turns into a raging affliction" and, suddenly, he wants answers to his father's cryptic remarks, his mother's untimely death, Keith's secretiveness, Meredith's judging, all of it.

Cook eviscerates complacency in any form, especially when the well-lived life is infected with the seed of doubt and the ugly eye of suspicion casts randomly for some place to land. Endemic distrust eats away family connections once so easily aligned, now jagged and ill-fitted. Meanwhile, Meredith grows more volatile, Keith more defiant and Eric more terrified, the town's facade altered by the loss of an eight-year-old girl.

The author handles a sensitive topic with fearless attention to detail, those irrevocable moments of misjudgment, careless conclusions and dangerous assumptions that lead to unexpected tragedy. The ending is heartbreaking, appropriate to the unthinking chaos unleashed in this story. In an age when everything moves too fast, the answers too readily at hand, this author spins a cautionary tale that is poignant and profoundly disturbing".

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Leaves-Thom ... 1905204124
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Re: A Must-Have Book.

Postby Respect4Kids » Wed May 28, 2008 8:36 pm

Thank you Iseult, will have a look at the book club.

I forgot to write , for the UK Amazon is

http://www.amazon.co.uk

I have just ordered the last copy of Normal people frighten me in stock (in "new") but there are still second-hand ones available.
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