Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

Audrey Weekend

I think that the next time there is a 3 day weekend, I’m going to spend one of those days off holed up in the living room, bundled under some blankets with a steady supply of coffee and snacks. I’m going to have an Audrey Hepburn movie marathon, watching each and every one of her movies from the very first one, to the very last one.

This might be a better 2 day marathon event though.

I’m watching Roman Holiday right now, and it is my favorite movie of all time. Not sure what that says about me, my adoration of this lopsided love story w/o the happy ending. My boyfriend says its the realist in me. I think its just the caged bird syndrome the princess feels that I relate to sometimes when I feel bogged down with work, family and other obligations that keep me stationary in California.

Until I have the funds to actually go through with my travel plans, I’ll live vicariously through Audrey Hepburn in Rome.

Jesus Swept – Review

Do Good, Be Nice, Have Fun.

This is the motto and the thinking behind this debut novel by author James Protzman. In this book, we follow a motley crew assortment of people in the south trying to make sense of their lives. The characters are interestingly interwoven within each other, without really knowing each other. The chapters are short and fast paced, at times graphic, and and usually with a quirky and sarcastic take. The book examines the gritty world of religion gone wrong, starting initially with Jesus, aka Gary Gray, sweeping floors with brooms made by his mother and a duo of friends as they travel to Jacksonville. Hook was my favorite character and it was interesting watching her development throughout the novel.

An interesting read, not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of profanity and sexuality sprinkled throughout the novel, enough so that you learn to expect the vulgar from this cast of characters. There were times when some of the scenes felt forced and the depravity of some of the characters over the top. I got the feeling that the author was being more critical of people who aren’t religious, casting them in incredibly negative light. To me that was a turn-off in the book. Although this book isn’t something I would seek out in a bookstore, it was an interesting read, and a different venture from my usual reading tastes.

Jesus Swept

FINAL GRADE: B-

Jesus Swept
by James Protzman
Kitsune Books, 2008
ISBN 0979270079
276 pages

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