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Book Review: The Town by Bentley Little

 


The Town by Bentley Little

The Town

By Bentley Little

What would you do if you won the lottery? Or, perhaps, the question should be what wouldn't you do? What Gregory Tomasov does is pack in his job, and pack up his family, and leave California.
 
Gregory has become disenchanted with his life and his lifestyle. He finds big town life too materialistic, and, of course big towns can be dangerous places. Seeking a better place to rear his children he heads back to the idyllic small town of McGuane, where he grew up. As well as his wife and children, he also takes his mother with him. Much to his mother's consternation, the one person that he forgets to invite is the, 'Owner of the House,' Jedushka Di Muvedushka. According to his mother's Molokan beliefs Jedushka is a protective spirit that acts as a protector of the home and family, and every time a move is made the little man must be invited.
 

Bentley Little: The Town (Book Review)

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You might not be surprised to find that this is a mistake that they all come to regret.
 
This is a novel of two names. In the U.K. it is called The Town. In the U.S.A. it is called Guests. But a rose, by any other name, is still a rose; and I have got to say that I like this rose's thorns. It is one hell of a good read. The characters are believable and well developed, and it is hard not to like them, but the things that happen to some of them are nothing short of tragic.

 


 

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