Friday, January 9, 2009

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

About the Book: Oliver Booth wants nothing more than to join the ranks of Palm Beach's high society. But with his arrogant personality, his 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 enter the insular circle of the privileged, David Desmond's novel is a witty glimpse into a world few of us know.

My Review: After reading a couple of heavy books, I can honestly say I picked this book up at the right time. There's nothing particularly earth shattering here, but I did enjoy giggling several times throughout reading, as Oliver continued to prove how completely clueless he was about, well, just about everything.

So if you're looking for a book you can breeze through quickly and also get in a laugh or two, I do recommend this.

Now what was interesting to me is Donald Trump's endorsement. Seriously, I watched enough seasons of The Apprentice that I could hear his voice saying those exact words. :) In any case, I'm 3 for 3 this year so far...I've enjoyed everything I've read!

Rating: 3.25/5



Anonymous said...

Great review - you're right - this book is enjoyable, but not earth shattering.

Beth Kephart said...

Nothing is better than reading book after book you actually love.

S. Krishna said...

Ha, I totally agree with you about Trump. And I agree with your review - the book wasn't earth shattering but it was enjoyable.

Unknown said...

Hello Amy,
Just dropping a short notice that I have awarded your two blogs (this one and The friendly Book Nook) with Premio Dardos Award. You really deserve it!

Anonymous said...

David Desmond is Donald Trump's nephew!

Toni said...

Nice review. Jury is still out on this one for me.. but I am making the rounds on reviews and it does sound like something to pick up and breeze through for a giggle or two.

Elizabeth said...

I gave you a blog award today - thanks for having a great blog, and being a great lady, too!

Staci said...

I love it when you get the perfect book at the perfect time. I hope the rest of your year is filled with books that you enjoy spending time with!

The Tome Traveller said...

I liked it too, a nice light diversion!

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