A Serious Book review of The Zombie, the Cat, and Barack Obama, A novella by Christopher Antony Meade. A genius tract of
Meade keeps up the wonderful English tradition.
Sometimes we read books that are not quite of the genres that we care for, usually because some in law forced it on us and would quiz us at the next family meal
If you want a book to give to a conspiracy theory nutcase, look no further. Or if you are one read then give to your non-friends. Meade is just a good fellow. Definitely not pretentious and just a pleasant soul. He is not big star material unless you really liked Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Wells. However Meade put some heart into his Novella, The Zombie, the Cat, and Barack Obama. Meade leaves his mind behind and gives you yours. You will find some of your thoughts when reading it are not all that different. You have always suspected now you will know.
I can't help it, here is a little taste
""I suddenly found myself talking out loud.
"Julian Faversham. If you were such a brilliant musician, why don’t you move in with me? I have a beautiful piano you might like to play.”
A banging noise came from the mausoleum, followed by a crash and a splintering sound, as if a very heavy box had fallen on the floor within.
The spell was broken, and I fled from the cemetery and didn’t stop until I had slammed the door of my new residence behind me.""
The whole book is like that going from scene to scene at a breakneck pace. It is never really surrealistic and never quite realistic, but carries heavy doses of both.
The list is amazing but all play an integral part.
Osama Bin Laden, is clearly explained in the description offered by Meade.
Michelle Obama, is revealed for what she is and why.
The Queen Mother is revered and well described as the stately lady that we love.
Downing Street Cameron is shown in a light that may breed contempt but must be respected.
Now there are various swine, cats of variety, and many folks with a bad small person complex.
Adolf Hitler plays no real role but the secrecy of his demise is finally revealed.
Secret Service Agents are exposed for the lazy public servants that they must be.
My favorite Character is none other than that of the author himself, he insinuates himself like a Clive Cussler or the mysterious Richard Castle. And yet he is part of the story like a Hemingway.
Our lives are too often given over to the mundane.
The is nothing wrong with being a serious reader. Serious books are very important. Our lives are important and we should respect the important things that we do.
This book reminds me of the Benny Hill shows because it takes our so respected and serious notions and people and just plain makes them funny. That is a very rare talent. Ridiculous is not ridicule. It allows us to get a break from our hectic serious lives.
Another thing about this book was that it made me turn on a news program for the first time years. And I just laughed the whole way through, conjuring up scenarios that Meade would create.
I read the book to this fellow and he has not stopped laughing since.
Here are the prime qualities of this work.
You cannot put it down.
I first read it in the hospital as my son was having an operation. I had them delay his post op until I had finished so as not to be interrupted.
As a good book reviewer I fact checked a lot. Everything from the 3 little pigs to area 51 and lunar landings and assassinations checks out.
Readers, this is a satyr equal in imagination and timing as the great Monty Python and Benny Hill. This is just plain old great fun.
This book will lighten your load and encourage you to day dream and laugh. There is something about it that put me a little more at ease about the world events of the day. It is not a “feel good” book, but for some reason I just feel good after reading it.