November 3, 2005
Absurdity reigns supreme in Chris Elliott's first novel, The Shroud of the Thwacker. Having read one of Ethan Hawke's books, I was understandably cautious about reading another actor-turned-author novel. Fortunately, Elliott has written a first novel that brims with humor. Every page (and almost every sentence) had me laughing, and Elliott even develops a plot along the way. The police chief and his sidekicks Teddy Roosevelt and Liz Smith (yes, the gossip columnist) track down an infamous murderer, and have numerous silly adventures along the trail. This book is exceptional, I will be recommending it to friends and family. I'm off now to watch Cabin Boy (again).
My next book is Flann O'Brien's novel, The Third Policeman.