I prefer to believe in Karma because then people get what’s coming to them.
Bartholomew Neil is thirty-nine and lost. He's lived his whole life, up till a few weeks ago, with his devoted mum, but now she has died Bartholomew has no idea how to be on his own. His grief counsellor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded learn how to fly? So Bartholomew turns to Richard Gere, the man his mum adored from afar, in the hope he can offer some answers. In Bartholomew's letters to Richard Gere he explores philosophy and friendship, alien abduction and the mystery of women. The letters also reveal his heart-breaking need of a family, but when Bartholomew does manage to assemble a motley family of sorts, he seems to have taken on more than he bargained for . . .
This book is a character study so that what going on.
The characters are tad flat for my liking. Most of them feel one-dimensional except for Bartholomew. The other character were just supporting cast and even with Bartholomew he not very memorable.
It also features the teaching Buddhist with the main character being life-long catholic. There other weird stuff such as alien abduction.
This novel is in the format of letters to Richard Gere. This book is meant to be, being adapted into a movie so I’m hoping to they get Richard Gere to play Bartholomew mainly because it would be terrible casting and it would be confusing as hell if they keep the whole Richard Gere side to the book. Back to the point of the letters, this was done quite well as there is some lines of dialogue but Bartholomew (which is a hellish name to keep writing) keeps a note of interesting things that people say so that sort of works.
I’m not sure what I thought of the ending. It seemed a little bit over happy for me.
Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars for preserved body parts. It had issues but would recommend for people who like letter formatted books and character driven books. I enjoyed reading and did like it mainly for the letter format.
I got this off Netgalley for a review. It’s being published by Picador on 10th April 2014 (also currently known as tomorrow).