July 28, 2017

Gravity’s Volkswagen by Geoff Nicholson

I’ve just finished reading Gravity’s Volkswagen, and I have to say it’s not my favourite of Geoff Nicholson’s books. (Whilst reading this one I’ve done reviews on the others I’ve read – you can find them via my Geoff Nicholson page).

Gravity's Volkswagen by Geoff NicholsonIt’s about a novelist who is experiencing one of his books being made into a film for the first time (possibly based on Nicolson’s own experience with the filming of What we did on our holiday – that became the film Permanent Vaction).

It is a great premise with some fantastic locations – but it should be thicker. At only 194 pages Nicholson should have filled out the plots and characters a bit more. The foundations are all there – but there’s not enough to make the characters truely engaging.

And in those foundations are some great things – including a “Louie Louie” bar night – where the band just play Louie Louie all night long – GREAT idea! And Motorhead Phil’s automotive freakshow – where every stunt happens in a Beetle, and there’s a man called Barry who can’t get out of his beetle because he’s eaten too much.

Nicholson has interspersed the story with some interesting facts about VW Beetles, and at the end there are synopses of some other books written by the story’s author character Ian Blackwood – I’d love to see some of these in prints – total pastiche’s on trashy literary genres.

I don’t regret reading this book – but I wish I’d re-read one of his others.

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