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One of the best pieces of humorous fiction that I have ever read, June 14, 2009
By Charles Ashbacher “(firstname.lastname@example.org)” (Marion, Iowa United States(email@example.com)) – See all my reviews
The premise in unusual yet carried out so well that it is sometimes hysterically funny. Jim “Roastbeef” Hume’s father is suffering from a severe case of Alzheimer’s Disease, a lifelong hater of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he now believes that he is Roosevelt and making executive decisions. In his last hours, he asks that his body be cremated and his ashes scattered throughout the 48 contiguous states of the United States. Jim is a mediocre college student with no money, so even though his father was demented when he made the request, to Jim a promise is a promise, so he embarks on the journey, which starts in the Washington D. C. area.
Jim travels by car, bus, moped, bicycle, truck, train, and on foot. He bums rides, jobs and almost everything else when he can’t find enough work to continue the journey. In a very funny book, the best part by far was when he was describing his “Uncle Spud.” “Spud” was a member of his father’s army unit in World War II and he received a Purple Heart for his wound in “hand-to-hand combat” with a German woman armed with a potato peeler. Spud is an unmarried Professor of agriculture at Cal Poly and the description of this colorful character had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.
This is the most unusual road story that I have ever read, Jim struggles with adversity, everything from getting his car stolen to being thrown in jail to having the container of his father’s ashes overturned and stolen. Yet he perseveres, meeting some of the oddest people ever to appear in a story, so quirky that they were plausible. It is one of the best pieces of humorous fiction that I have ever read.
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