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.
Other posts about books by Terry Fallis……….
Best Laid Plans
Best Laid Plans was recommended by my brother-in-law Paul and what a great recommendation it was.
This is the perfect book to read if you are feeling disillusioned with the whole political process. We are introduced to colourful Angus McLintock. He enters a Canadian election as a reluctant candidate but manages to maintain his principles and moral fortitude despite all the wheeling and dealing and corruption that typically goes on in politics.
Author Terry Fallis is a former Liberal advisor and government communications consultant and his intimate insider knowledge of Ottawa and Parliament is clearly evident in Best Laid Plans. Best of all this book is funny! The characters are unique and interesting and there are plot twists you don’t expect. There’s even a little romance.
I’ve just discovered CBC has made a television series based on Best Laid Plans and you can watch the Season One episodes for free right here. I’ve already finished the first episode.
A Book I Celebrate
I liked the book Poles Apart by Terry Fallis because………………
- I am a blogger. The main character Everett Kane is also a blogger and a very successful one at that. He is writing anonymously about feminism on a blog called Eve of Equality and it was interesting to read about how he became an online sensation almost overnight. That’s not believable but it is inspiring for bloggers like me who hope their posts will lead to other writing opportunities.
- I am an older woman. There are two older women in this story who I admired greatly. Evelyn, Everett’s mother goes to university after Everett is in school and begins a very successful business career. Everett’s mentor Beverly Tanner is a pillar of the feminist movement, caring, supportive and open-minded. These women are my age but were still making important contributions to society and cared about others.
- I am a feminist and have been since my first years at university. There were times when that was very discouraging and disheartening for me both career wise and as a part of the church community. I like the way the book doesn’t stereotype what it means to be a feminist but introduces us to both men and women who have come to terms with feminism in different ways and with different perspectives.
- I am married to a very funny man. This book is written with a lively sense of humour and I have learned during forty years of living with a man who has a brilliant sense of humour that often it is wise and helpful to approach even serious subjects and events with a touch of playfulness and fun. Author Terry Fallis, winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour, approaches the very serious subject of feminism with his tongue firmly in cheek
Thankfully Times Have Changed
The Famous Five
Are You This Determined to Vote?