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Blog Tour: Last Bus to Coffeeville by J. Paul Henderson / Book Review + Giveaway

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BtO8TKnCcAEtHtI.jpg large  Today I am a part of one ot the most fantastic Blog Tours for J. Paul Henderson’s Last Bus to Coffeeville. The brilliant people at No Exit Press has already created a map of all the stops and I love this idea soooo much! Just have a look at the map, isn’t it great to see how the book travelled in the last days?

 You have also the possibility to win a copy of this exceptional book! It is open to Europe only this time (sorry folks) and the book will be sent to the winner directly from the publisher. Scroll down for the Rafflecopter! The competition ends on 12th August. Good luck!

Summer road trip line up

20467872.jpgLast Bus to Coffeeville by J. Paul Henderson

 

Publisher: No Exit Press

Publishing Date: 4th April 2014

Source:   Received for review.

 

Amazon Summary:

Nancy Skidmore has Alzheimer’s and Eugene Chaney III
once more a purpose in life – to end hers.

When the moment for Gene to take Nancy to her desired death in Coffeeville arrives she is unexpectedly admitted to the secure unit of a nursing home and he is constrained to call upon the help of his two remaining friends: Bob Crenshaw, a man who has been officially dead for forty years, and Jack Guravitch, a disgraced weatherman in the throes of a midlife crisis.

They ‘kidnap’ Nancy and drive to Mississippi in a stolen tour bus once owned by Paul McCartney. Along the way they are joined by a young orphan boy called Eric who is searching for his only surviving family member – an exotic dancer named Susan.

Last Bus to Coffeeville is a funny story about sad things, a chronicle of lives that have jumped the tracks, and a tale of endings and new beginnings.

Rating: 4/5
The Last Bus to Coffeville promises a funny story about sad things and that’s true. It’s a story about a lost love and fantastic, true friendship, about illness and death. This everything is written with a lot of sympathy and empathy, in a very subtle, tactful way and is just a very, very unusual story. Despite the sad things it is a read with a feel good factor and I am truly happy that I had the chance to read this book.

It is a story about Nancy, who has Alzheimer and who’s just started her last journey to Coffeville, together with her friends and a strange young boy. There is Gene who promised Nancy to take her on this last trip, there is Bob, friend of both of them from their university times, there is Jack, Gene’s godson, and there is Eric, searching for his cousin Susan. Each of those people has their own story and what stories are they! They all take us on a beautiful journey, full of memories, hilarious situations, full of laugh and tears.

 

 

The book is written in two parts. The first one concentrates on Nancy, Gene and Bob and their University times. We learn how they got to know each other and who fell in love with who, and what happened next. After the university their ways drifted apart and we read about their separate life, about their families, dramas and many, many adventures. The second part is more like a road movie and here the many characters were introduced to us. It told us the crazy and also moving way to Cofeeville. Perhaps I’d rather read more about the journey itself because it was totally hooking and interesting and not so much about the new heroes – they were all so significant to the story and sometimes I really felt I’m loosing the track with all of them.

The journey in a bus that has once belonged to Paul McCartney (yes!)  starts already with a kick because Gene and Jack must kidnap Nancy from the care home. Then they must avoid police because of the escapee Eric, so you can be sure that there will be police involved some time.  The people travelling are all so different that they are going to be for sure some problems and misunderstandings, but well, what would you expect from some old people, a doctor with a dislike to his own profession, a woman with Alzheimer, a man with obsession about his hair and a boy counting the dead in the Bible. Yes, it was this kind of an adventure. I guess it wouldn’t be necessary your pick of people to go on a journey with but this colourful, diverge band of people is there to make you entertain and to make you also cry.

There were moments that I really wasn’t sure if I’m reading fiction or maybe some kinds of memories, especially Bob’a adventures with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. I mean, really! It was a real cherry on the cake for me, this part of the book, but I really don’t know what to think about this. Was Fidel really so as the author described him? And what was the possibility that Bob really met Che in some jungle?

There are, what felt, like thousands characters. With almost every chapter we are introduced to a new person and while I felt confused from time to time and though: hell, how many still, each of this people is very significant to the story, each of them added something to the plot and each of them had a place in the past of our main characters. They were really genuine in what they did and what they said. There is also so much going on in this book, the pace is galloping, and next to the main plot we have so many other twists, turns and threads, such as racism, love, friendship, death, ancient history, religion, politics… Actually, there is probably everything you could ask for and more.

The dialogues were witty and sharp and the one – liners were hilarious, I loved the banter between the characters.

There were moments that the book felt a little slow for me and some of the descriptions were too long and I had a feeling that they are not so significant to the story and I could do without them. But altogether I really liked this book. It was wonderfully written and full of the warmest emotions I have ever experienced in a book. It was witty and wise, with very original plot and I have totally enjoyed it bar some too long passages. The author created characters that were larger than life but also very believable. Some of their adventures were perhaps a little too exaggerated and I couldn’t believe they could be possible but nevertheless, I have enjoyed all of them and they were a real joy to read. It’s a superhuman book, about long lost love, about personal tragedies and dramas, there is some sadness to the story but still, it’s written with a lot of heart and optimistic.

This book is written with a lot of feelings, emotions and heart, heart so palpable that you have a feeling that the characters are going to pop out from the pages at any moment and envelope you. Those are one of the warmest, real, true to world characters in a book that I have a pleasure to read.

I loved the writing style, full of hidden humour, hints, cynicism and distance to yourself. The plot was very original and it actually took us on a journey not only through the modern America, but also we have witnessed the early days of the civil right movements and also we were taken on a ride to as far away as the ancient Egypt, and everything was written in an engaging, interesting and very detailed way, and I could stop to think WOW, how brilliantly told is the story, how many twists and turns it has, how many plots has the author started, mixed, intertwined and came to fantastic conclusion and an ending that I haven’t expected. Not my usual kind of book, however I really enjoyed it and would read it again if you asked me to. It says on the cover „a funny book about sad things” and you couldn’t summarize it in better words. I would really heartily recommend it to you.

 

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  1. ~Rhonda

    6 sierpnia 2014 o 17:28

    To Seattle for our sons beautiful wedding.

     
  2. ~Librarian Lavender

    6 sierpnia 2014 o 19:32

    A trip to Paris with my now husband when we were a lot younger. It was really romantic!

     
 

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