Wednesday 21 September 2011

Madcap Fun: A Review of Doodling by Jonathan Gould

My Book Review of Doodling:

Doodling by Jonathan Gould is absurd, quirky, breezy, fun and a total delight to read. It is also a witty little metaphor for today’s social climate, without being preachy or heavy-handed. The book makes some subtle observations while maintaining its air of entertainment.

The book begins with Neville Lansdowne falling off the world. Literally. After the shock wears off he sets out exploring a nearby asteroid field, and finds out he’s not the only one who fell. From there his adventures just commence.

The premise of Doodling is unusual, surreal and not the least bit scientific, but from the moment you begin reading, the book enchants with its style. It weaves an alluring charm with its eccentric farce that amuses and captivates. Odd characters and fantastic situations abound, flit through your imagination with verve, before settling around you in a warm, clever cosiness. I couldn’t help but imagine this book as a wonderful animated film.

Doodling is a thoroughly pleasing book and I highly recommend it.

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Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I like the idea of this. Thanks, Anita.

Sheila Deeth said...

The cover's delightfully intriguing (to an inveterate doodler), and you make the book sound great too. Thanks.

A. F. Stewart said...

It was a wonderful book, and a quick read.

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

I read Jonathan Gould's Doodling over a month ago and am often reminded of the story. When I read a newspaper article about a new space program involving asteroids, I couldn't help but think about Doodling.

A. F. Stewart said...

The book does stick with you. I'm looking forward to reading his other book, Flidderbugs.

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