I came across a short story from the 2011 Quick Reads series by Gayle called Men at Work. It was brilliant and if anything would have been even better if it was a full length novel. However upon deciding to check out Gayle's novels by starting with his first one, I have to say the opposite is true with Legendary Girlfriend, it wasn't brilliant and definitely would have been better if a lot of pointless boring text was edited away and it had in fact been a short story.
Don't get me wrong, there's occasional flashes of brilliance in here, such as when the postman doesn't leave his birthday present, but it's just so few and far between and is surrounded by too much pointless and boring waffling on by the main character Will Kelly. If I hadn't liked Men at Work so much, I wouldn't have stuck with this past the first few chapters, let alone all the way to the end. My Legendary Girlfriend also suffers from the fact that Will isn't that likeable a character, due to his severe slobiness, and just pure patheticness in not moving on for three years after being dumped by his then girlfriend Aggi. All this guy does is sit around and mope about her and the fact that he is a now a teacher, a job he doesn't like. Seriously you can understand why Aggi didn't want to be in a relationship with this loser. The novel is also fairly predictable, you'll work out who Will's legendary girlfriend should be early on.
The basic plot of this, is pretty much outlined in the above paragraph other than one day Will gets a phone call from the former tenant since a cheque was posted there by mistake and she really needs the money. Maybe she can bring Will out of his pathetic life? I'd get this from your library first before wasting any money on it. I know Gayle can write so I'll try a few more of his novels. However if your looking for a good similar type British narrative novel that's funny from the first page to the end, check out Up a Tree in the Park at Night with a Hedgehog by Paul Robert Smith.
- Hardcover: 277 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (1 June 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767909739
- ISBN-13: 978-0767909730
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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