Monday, February 10, 2020

Book review Fubars by Paddy Bostock. Uncanny and crafty writing.




Tracing various meanings of the acronym “fubar,” the story chronicles the adventures of an array of characters from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, all of whom strive to leave their mark—at times in legitimate and at times in iniquitous ways. Among them are Fergus Ulysses Barr, the timid scion of Britain’s selfish aristocracy, Dwayne Junior Zobinsky, the offspring of an unscrupulous New York tycoon and an iconoclastic abstract artist, Tosh, a half-caste renegade and troubadour, Tosh’s loyal—and heroic—pooch, Mutt, and their respective girlfriends and assorted parents, as well as big-world politicians and their associates. As the adventures unfold, one message emerges: whereas in the private sphere opportunities for harmony and reconciliation arise, mainly at the behest of the younger generations, in the public/political arena, strife reigns unabated. 



According to the dictionary Fubar means; out of working order; seriously, perhaps irreparably, damaged: "the clock in the hall is fubar". A very well descript for this entertaining book. As with all the author's books, he is taking on the political, upper-class and every other area in society in a witty stride.
Filled with colourful characters, Fubar did not disappoint. When you add Brexit and Klank, President of the US, and a Russian mob to the mix you sure have a mixture of apt proportion that will leave you smiling till the end.
Our main character, Fergus Ulysses Barr, had it rough. Can you just imagine with a name like that? Born into a very notable aristocracy he definitely had no fun. Tired of the old regime he simply left one day. All the glamour, prestige, money and protection to make a name for himself. Since he was still underage mommy dearest filed a missing child report with no interest from the local police.
This is where the story became a pallet of colour and harmonies that ultimately set the course of the plot.
When his mother finally decides to play private investigator with CeCi, another missing child's mother; it became outright funny.
With Brexit and the political turmoil it ensued, as background, I really enjoyed this book. Who out there really do understand the intricates of Brexit anyway. I cannot really blame Lord Xavier to fall asleep during the read of the draft bill of how to understand this ominous rule. It is un-understandable for sure.

It is a book of self-determination, of setting the bar and seeking oneself in the midst of uncaring parents, a society of misfits and uncaring politics and the entire system running amok. in the midst of it all, three young men tried to make sense of it all, finding their feet and become famous not because of strings that was pulled but rather good old fashioned hard work.

It is a fun read I can recommend to every person that loves good British humor with a dash of Mutt... or as he would say, "Raaf raaf"...at the end.


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