"Humorous look at everyday things"
This is a good attempt for the authors first writing. I
thoroughly enjoyed reading his work. He has a quirky sense
of humor and it shows in his writing.
There are 51 humorous short pieces, 4 of them poems, each
one different and one of a kind. The story I love the best
is about his telling his daughter that when he was her age
you could buy a soda and chips with a quarter. Then he
takes her to the store and tells her she can get something
as long as it isn't over a dollar and they go up to the
counter and she tells the cashier " My dad says, that in
the old days you could get a soda and a bag of chips for a
quarter!" This one hit home with me; kids have made me feel
as old a medusa.
There is the piece on balls: what would happen to the
country if all the sports balls disappeared. How the
players to the president would react to this sudden
disappearance. Or you can enjoy a short read about women
and phones, how their attention is so centered on their
conversation that their child could get by with a few
things. Mr. McGan's stories vary focus from how some people
pray to the saints to have them intercede for us;
advertising in newspapers; to help with our traveling or
even about reading about how we ended up with round
plates. The presentation of these things isn't to make fun
of them but to make you think.
THE HAMSTER NEVER SLEEPS is about things that we see
everyday but most of the time don't even notice. There's
something for everyone in this book.
Donna J Whitten © Copyright 2003
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Reviewed by Donna Whitten
Posted March 4, 2003