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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel

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A book by Jonathan Evison

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Just Not My Thing

  • Feb 20, 2013

I really tried to like this story, especially having read so many positive reviews on Amazon.  But I just couldn't get with it.  Firstly I tried to like Benjamin Benjamin Jr., the main character but seemed to find him too much of a loser.  He spent many years with no ambition and then when his funds are running out, he takes a job as the caregiver to Trev, a boy with a degenerative disease at virtually minimal pay. 

Benjamin and Trev like to make fun of other people and ogle women at the mall.  They use expressions that were hard to understand even knowing the reference like "I would like to give her a Gaylord Perry."  Now I know that Mr. Perry was a baseball player known for putting foreign substances on baseballs but I couldn't figure out what it meant in the context of the story.  Benjamin's and Trev's conversations are rife with expressions like this.

I did find slightly interesting the map that the two put together of interesting places to visit and Trev's weird encounter with the lady "acrobat."  Things like this kept me from rating this book lower but I still struggled through this book and found it dragged in many places.  Overall I give it three stars.

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February 24, 2013
thanks for sharing, Michael
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