Thursday, 24 January 2008

You have to be in it, to win it!

Lottery by Patricia Wood

My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded.

You have to have an IQ number less than 75 to be retarded. I am not. Mine is 76.

I am lucky. I know this because I am not retarded.

I know this because I have two good arms.

And I know this because I won twelve million dollars in the Washington State Lottery.

Perry L. Crandall is an adorable character. His story grabbed me from page one.

I loved the voice and the rhythm of the writing. I felt the haziness surrounding the action and conversations Perry didn’t understand, or didn’t wish to be involved in. Perry is a man with a low IQ, but also a good and happy person.

When he wins the lottery, his mother and brothers try to swindle him out of his fortune. But Perry ultimately proves to be wiser than them.

I laughed, and I cried. Perry’s friends became my friends. And, after 305 pages, I wanted to keep on reading.

This book is a gem!


ORION said...

Aloha from Hawaii,
What a great review!
I'm so glad you enjoyed LOTTERY.
Thanks for your kind words,
Patricia Wood

Mary said...

I loved Lottery, and still find myself thinking about Perry, Gram, Keith, and Gary. (I especially liked Keith.)

My Mum is reading it now!

Barrie said...

This book sounds GREAT! Thank you for posting a review.

John said...

Sounds interesting… Nice review!