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The Survival of Marvin Baines by Mike Meyer
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Marvin Baines is approaching When faced with the idea of his own mortality, he begins to unravel quite a bit. Allowing himself to be influenced by talking grass and songs on the radio, Marvin decides that he is tired of his hum-drum life.
He wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it! What I love about this book is that it is in no way pretentious. It is a real story told through the view of a man that feels real. Anyone with spouses and children who has had to make sacrifices for the sake of the collective "we" can easily understand the frustration of a man who reaches 40 and realizes that he is unhappy with his life. Throughout the story Marvin often reminisces about his past, asking himself over and over again "what if"???
When finally faced with the reality of his "what if", Marvin learns a real lesson about the difference between fantasy and real life. After watching Marvin flop around crazily, grasping at survival, in the end you will be pleasantly surprised to find that he does. Overall, Myers has written an endearing story that Joe Everyman can relate too. That is the magic of Marvin Baines. The Survival of Marvin Baines is a funny and poignant modern morality play in novel form.
In particular, I thought the author's crisp style was perfect for the story. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
Marvin Baines is a man who is forced to face growing up. I found the book charming, for so many of us growing up is not quite this whimsical, but his story kept me interested. I did want to know if he faced the challenge or ran away. It was a lame story.
The Survival of Marvin Baines
One person found this helpful. I thought the beginning was a little chaotic and jumpy and I also failed to see the humour in it, but that is something which depends on the reader and their interpretation. It was a sad yet realistic look at how a man can lose himself in his own life. Somehow he begins to question eveything around him and fixates on what he imagines to be a lost opportunity for love, lust and adventure.
It sheds a light on how destructive a mid life crisis can be and how Martin expects to be able to pick up all the pieces and glue them back together after his selfish emotional implosion.
I received a free copy of this book for my review. There's something to be said for reading a book at exactly the right time. Marvin Baines is a thirty-something-approaching-forty married-man-with-family who has reached a crisis. Yes, it really is that simple so there's no need to expect elaborate plotting. This novel is all about exploring one man's middle age breakdown.
Baines throws away his career as an English teacher and takes up toilet installations - he wants to work with his hands. This is the first step in what is certainly a bizarre descent. The need to find meaning, freedom and his "lost" manhood haunts him and leads to an increasing neglect of his wife and family.
At the start of the novel, we are faced with Baines at the breaking point, when his mounting dissatisfaction starts to manifest itself as delusions which convince him to take up a supposedly more admirable and meaningful pursuit for his survival. Although, this probably doesn't read as amusing, I would categorise it as dark humour.
Throughout the book, the impact of Baines' crisis on his family and friend is touched on, but the author avoids digging too deeply. Instead, the focus is predominantly on the main character and his progressively more immature choices. Perhaps I'm in the wrong demographic for this story, but I couldn't find anything particularly funny or appealing about any of the characters.
It has nothing to do with our main character going through a mid life crisis and talking to the grass and everything to do with the characters as people. Marvin's wife, for instance, comes off as a perpetual nag without a nice thing to say to her husband. And Marvin acts like a spoiled child who thinks only of himself and no one else. Luckily, this is a fa Perhaps I'm in the wrong demographic for this story, but I couldn't find anything particularly funny or appealing about any of the characters.
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