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Book Review | The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury by David Desmond

December 19, 2008

The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury (Amazon link)
Web site for The Misadventures of Oliver Booth
David Desmond
Greenleaf Book Group, October ’08
224 pages
Book provided by FSB Associates
Book #121/08

From Amazon: Oliver Booth wants nothing more than to join the ranks of Palm Beach’s high society. But with his arrogant personality, garish wardrobe, and incompetent stewardship of an antique shop filled with gaudy reproductions, he doesn’t have a chance. Oliver’s luck takes a turnabout when the society doyenne Margaret Van Buren sends him and his assistant, Bernard, to Paris on a shopping spree to furnish her new estate. What ensues is a series of hilarious, Voltaire-esque misadventures as Oliver bumbles his way through the milieu of the elite. A satirical look at the lengths some people will go to in order to enter the insular circle of the privileged, David’s Desmond’s novel is a witty glimpse into a world few of us know.

Once again I’m in the minority on this one. It’s got a 4.5 star rating over at Amazon. Me, if I used a rating system which I don’t, I might give it 2-1/2 stars.

I’m on the fence with this one. At best I found this book mildly entertaining. At times I found the story to be sad and pathetic. It wasn’t terrible but it could have been so much more.

One Comment
  1. December 19, 2008 3:18 pm

    Oh, no – I had such high hopes for this one.

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