Monday, 1 February 2016

Up a Tree in the Park at Night with a Hedgehog by Robert P. Smith (3/5)

First published: 2009
Page count: 215
The back says: Benton Kirby is in a spot of bother...

His life hasn't exactly gone to plan. This is hardly surprising, however, as he never really had one in the first place. Armed with a philosophy degree, a dead fiancée, a brother who drives Death around London in his black cab, and a girlfriend with a history of suicidal pets, Benton - ambitionless and emotionally disengaged - embarks, for no apparent reason, on an affair with a beautiful, sexually adventurous, Korean virgin.

Following a strange snowballing of even stranger events, he finds himself, at last, exactly not where he ever imagined he would be, up a tree at night in the park with a hedgehog...

I say: This is the type of humour that I can understand but don’t really appreciate.

Like a Ben Stiller film.

Few things in the story were believable – nor were they supposed to be – and I found the incredulity of it all trying. My mind rebels against people putting their poo in their pocket because it refused to be flushed down, and then proceed to make out with a woman eventually crushing the excrement and running away due to the foul smell.

I just can’t with all that...

Luckily, this was a quick read and not offensive enough to stop me reading. After all, I wanted to find out how he ended up in the tree with a hedgehog.

was disappointed. 

3/5 and I am not entirely averse to reading more by Smith. 

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