Albatross is the third Terry Fallis book I’ve read. Fallis novels are quirky and interesting. The intriguing premise in this one is that there is a mathematical formula to determine whether someone has the perfect body for a certain sport. The protagonist of Albatross Adam Coryell has the perfect body for golf. His highschool physical education teacher discovers this and Adam goes on to great recognition and wealth as a golfer. But…… he is not happy. He may be the greatest golfer in the world but what he really wants is to be a great writer.
Terry Fallis makes us think about what it means to be successful in Albatross. He also introduces us to the fascinating world of fountain pens, throws in a charming romance and passes commentary on the state of publishing in Canada which is dire. He also gets us to think about the importance of making libraries available and accessible to everyone. We are a society that exalts and worships sports stars. Adam Coryell isn’t interested in that kind of recognition even though he is an Olympic champion, multi-millionaire and has worn the Masters’ green jacket. Fallis makes us think about whether our adulation of sports figures may be misguided and perhaps even harmful.
Albatross is an easy read and Fallis is a straight forward writer not given to flowery description or deep literary prose. I read this book on a bus, in a car, by a swimming pool, in a restaurant and at a ball game. It kept me engaged.
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