Let me start by noting that I listened to the abridged audio version read by author, Denis Leary. I never listen to abridged books on tape and I didn’t know that’s what I had until I was halfway through. That being said, I am not interested in reading this book in full. Denis Leary has such a unique voice that it would not be the same if I read it. His biting wit is better heard than read. So, for the first time ever I am recommending an abridged cd over the actual book (gasp). Another benefit of the cds? The Irish music played between chapters.
My favorite aspect of this book were the endless stories of his Irish American childhood. Stories of “when I was a kid…” were not annoying with Leary’s acid tongue. My favorite story was one that involved Denis being shot in the head with an arrow by his brother and then running home with the arrow still sticking out of his noggin. There is also an ongoing conversation with his mom which is funny and will probably remind you of at least one person you know (in a good way).
This book will offend you. Somewhere, something will rub you the wrong way, but if you wait a few minutes you will probably be chuckling again. I laughed out loud often, even though I never like jokes involving Jesus and I thought he went on a bit too much about having a mom home all the time. There are plenty of things that will make you laugh- Dr.Phil, annoying children, his new love affair with Oprah, and the circus that is paparazzi.
Denis Leary received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Emerson College. So he’s DOCTOR Denis Leary to the masses :)
I really enjoyed this book. It is set in the 1920’s and is the story of pampered Kitty who marries a man to please her mother. Kitty was beautiful and spoiled and Walter loved her. She agreed to marry the bacteriologist and they were off to Shanghai where Kitty began an affair with the ambitious and married Charles.
When Walter finds out he is heartbroken and forces Kitty to face an uncertain future in a cholera infested Chinese village. There Kitty must face her own worth and take stock of her life. Walter dies before true restoration can be made in their realtionship. Kitty must travel back to Shanghai a pregnant widow.
She must face Charles again and I was really rooting for her to show her spunk. She did show her spunk, but she also showed her vulnerabilty. The pages after she gave in to Charles once again were the most moving to me. It was a heartwrenching look into a flawed woman who was desparately trying to overcome her faults. She travels home to the one parent she has left and is met by a distant father who is facing his own freedom just as Kitty is facing the end of hers.
This was a wonderful novel. I thought the reader. Kate Reading, was excellent and I am looking forward to checking out the latest movie version of this book. I think Naomi Watts will make a great Kitty.