Monday, November 15, 2010

The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll


This was a nice, little surprise. Like finding a couple bucks in a pair of jeans you haven't worn in a while, or stumbling across one of your favorite movies on T.V. when there is nothing else on. The style is sparse and unassuming, characters are few yet fully realised and the tone never trods down that exhausting and well worn path of sadness and despair. This is, after all, just a simple story about what it means to love someone, and even though there is an inevitable tragedy built in to all great love stories, this wonderful book never lets that get in the way of its bouncy, optimistic feel. With The Good Mayor, Andrew Nicoll may just revitalize a genre that has been hijacked by Hallmark and Harlequin and restore it to its rightful place as one of the greatest and most profound themes in the human experience.

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