Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Last week I was reading A Year In The Province by Christopher Marsh.
It follows a Spanish family as they uproot themselves from their farmyard in Spain and emigrate to Ireland for the year. There ensues a whole load of adventures as they struggle (or feel at ease) with the local customs and way of life. The head of the family Jesus, manages to blag a job as a history tutor as a university while his wife sets out to get away from the role of housewife and becomes a low level celebrity.
While it's certainly better and more original than some of the books I've read so far, I wouldn't describe it as a 'properly laugh-out-loud comic novel' as printed on the books cover.
Maybe it would be if Jesus wasn't so completely and utterly in love with himself. His wife seemingly abandons her family for the sake of fame, so she doesn't come off very charming either. Although we are seeing the story through Jesus' eyes so we're bound to have a tainted view of her as she's more popular than he is. Jesus is a consumate liar, a cheat, sexist, self-obsessed and obsessed with sex. What a machotistic idiot.
I'd also like to raise the question of where all their money comes from. They spend it like there's no tomorrow! Sorry, but uni tutors and low level celebrities are not that rich.
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