Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Sun Sharer by Jack George Edmunson.

Meet Jack George Edmunson, a fifty year old married man. Jack writes at the beginning of this novel...

The places in this story don’t matter but the people do. Because people make life, not places, not possessions, not things.

...and this sets the tone of this book. The Sun Sharer is a story of relationships and how married men think. This novel explores the problems and challenges within marriage. It highlights some of the frustrations that women put on men. For example...

Another waste of money and a further complication in his life but ‘names, names, names’, always expensive and fashionable brand names ruled their lives. The Miele coffee machine whirred to grind the fresh beans until an error message came up: ‘Please clean the main filter.’ “For fuck’s sake,” he said under his breath so Joseph couldn’t hear. “You’ve had your stupid friends round to talk about curtain fabrics or paint colours, drunk your cappuccinos and can’t even be bothered to clean up after yourself, you lazy fucking cow.”

“You know what will happen next weekend, as soon as you get to the M6 at Stoke, she’ll want the toilet and then again every thirty or forty miles whilst you are driving. How come a woman can hold piss in her bladder for five hours when shopping but as soon as she gets on the motorway with her husband she needs the loo every twenty minutes? Tell me that!

...You develop a great empathy for Jack as he does his level best to support his family. There is plenty of social comment within this tale, for example...

“Nim, you know when you have lost the plot, when you are listening to Radio Five live and after a quarter of an hour the stories cycle round again. You get about two minutes of extra news if you are lucky but only slight variations on the same stories to the previous cycle. You end up listening to it for two hours and know exactly what they are going to say next. What is even more annoying is that it’s recycled news from someone else’s website or Reuters and it’s all supposition and bending of the little known facts by some so-called expert who last visited the country ten years earlier before being thrown out as a dissident.”

...You realize the possibilities for Jack as this tale unfolds. This story is very easy to relate to and it is sprinkled with a dry humour like...

Jack continued, “I used to enjoy big knickers on Melanie as well you know. When you could pull them back to see a tantalising bit of arse before shoving it up and then along came thongs. What a waste of time they are. Now I have to pull back the fat to find the thong to then move it over and get my dick up. Sometimes, it seems a waste of time; you might as well shove the thin bit of string in as well to add a bit of friction.”

...The Sun Sharer made me smile due to all the nagging that Jack suffers from Melanie like...

“Jack, when those people move just there, look be quick. There! They are getting ready to go. You take the umbrella and put it up in their spot and I will bring the towels.”

...This novel is easy to read and was written in an autobiographical style. There is some sex but nothing that could offend. Although this book is set in Cheshire and Spain, the attitude is totally English and the aspirations of all the characters are typically British. It does offer a good philosophy though...

“Health is the most important thing in life my lovely and certainly not money. Everyone says it and knows it but no one thinks about it or lives to that principle until something happens to them or their immediate friends and family. Then after a few weeks they forget that health is the most important thing in life and do nothing to improve it because they are too busy.”

...The Sun Sharer is a 955KB Amazon Kindle eBook and is not available in paperback but the hardcover edition has 368 pages. I consider The Sun Sharer a good book and shall vote it 4 stars on Goodreads . It is a love story but not a girly one, a romantic book that men can relate to. Towards the end Melanie writes a letter that is rather sad and forces the reader to reconsider. The ending is okay and leaves way for the second novel in this trilogy called A Path Too Long.

Oh! what a coincidence when you consider my blog post below!
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