Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As Happy As Ling by Carlos Aleman

This seemed to me to be an autobiography written as fiction.  It’s been a while since I looked at the reviews and other postings on this book so I don’t remember how it was billed but it could have been either I guess.  I liked the story.  It kept me interested throughout but I felt it was a bit long.  There might have been places where some minute details could have been left out without it hurting the story.  

I love the interaction between the children and the uncle.  Considering how messed up in his head he is, he gives some great advice and definitely gives the kids the encouragement they need to meet their life challenges.  This was just a good, solid story without surprises.  There were some highlights for me and areas that touched my heart which is exactly what a good story is supposed to do. 

I’m going to choose to call this a work of fiction because of the predictability of it.  Not that that’s a bad thing because it certainly isn’t.  This was what I call a ‘good read’ and one that I may come back to again.  It felt comfortable; like my favorite chair.  I enjoyed reading it very much and recommend it.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen 

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