Shakespeare is Alive and Well and Living in Sun City
Allen Lyne's Books & Plays
Entertaining Read ... Recommended ... 5 starsa
The narrative opens with a broken down car, cryptic coded message ‘emus are cranky,’ ‘because they cannot fly,’ a boiling cauldron and three old women. Jeffrey Case a thirty-eight year old dis-inherited scion of a wealthy family, divorced, cabdriver longs to become an actor. He has dabbled in acting for years with little success. Following delivery of a mysterious passenger to 2 Glassie Jeffrey finds himself caught up in a series of strange happenings. In his attempt to return a package containing only a head Jeffrey returns to 2 Glassie where he finds a group of peculiar Shakespeare quoting individuals all dressed in 1950s garb. Unable to rid himself of the head Jeffrey attempts to throw it into the sea only to have the head snagged by a black falcon. Nightmares filled with images of himself bowling severed heads toward headless bodies and a horrifying torture chamber, ice cream vendors who play Greensleeves and offer more than icy treats, retired workers and young junkies all figure in the conundrum. The head on a book shelf, the head in the frig, and the head in the bushes, women who yodel at odd moments, and an ex wife called Moonflower are all a part of the enigma surrounding Jeffrey Case. A mesmerizing flutist, conversations with Shakespeare himself, Hecate’s hex and witches dust move the narrative forward. A night of great debauchery, The Bard’s Players, Jeffrey performs as a double act on a regular basis and Yorrick
"Shakespeare is Alive and Well and Living in Sun City" is the second offering produced by writer Lyne and read by this reviewer. Well rounded, spiritedly portrayed characters, vividly painted settings and animated dialog all move the tale along at breakneck speed in this fast paced romp.
Writer Lyne skillfully weaves a fanciful, complex tale using the theater as his back drop, Shakespeare in a ‘what if’ role and human foibles at their best. Snappy dialog, betrayal, lust and puzzlement couple with fascinating settings and absorbing storyline keep the reader moving along from chapter to chapter. Lyne has taken a well known theater figure, Shakespeare, placed him and his work in modern times to produce a highly entertaining work sure to please Shakespeare lovers and those who know little of the Bard alike.
Not for everyone; while language is not profane or vulgar there is some graphic sexual content.
For those who may not understand Aussie terms a small glossary might prove helpful to the US reader, but those few words only add to the fun for the reader.
Good book for a lazy summer afternoon, ages 13 and up.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.
A Handicap for the Devil?
Unbound E-Publishing Co. Interesting
read … Recommended … 4 stars
Jonathan Goodfellow, accountant
nearing retirement lives a humdrum life, and works at a humdrum
job. Landlady O'Reilly tells him what to do. Overweight Miss
Bloomingdale, company receptionist is a real pain in the neck.
His fellow workers, Jones P senior THE boss, and Jones P junior
the head of the accounting department all are vexatious and,
perhaps even more. Jones P, the P stands for Percival, is a devilish
member of an occult Black Circle Club whose members practice
trances, and all become lawyers. The world's attorneys, led by
the obese Jones P. senior, have formed a strange alliance with
Satan. In exchange for particular compensations he will give
them the world. Hell has been transformed into a golf course
where the Devil wants to left alone to play golf and hopefully
break 100. The dwarf, Earnest Jamieson, Marijuana, an odd assortment
of roomers, Cowley, Sampson, The Crone a handgun and a five iron
all figure in Goodfellow's strange move toward death and return
to earth to act as a Messiah. Jonathan wakes up in heaven facing
a hippie god, who is moved to give humankind one more chance.
God charges Johnathan, who has to be the mildest man on earth
to serve as his Messiah to bring back the directive that we mortals
are to revise our behavior. If we falter, God vows that he will
disregard his plan to end the world when it becomes due. Jonathan
and the astonishing bedlam he creates while on his mission from
God is a most extraordinary jaunt and a most startling aftermath.
Taking bunnies, a star over his boarding house, life is getting
Writer Lyne has composed a whimsical,
jocose work heavy in perceptive understanding about the human
animal. "A Handicap for the Devil?" is an animated
exploit filled with an extravagance of energy that strings together
smoothly and grasps the fascination of the reader from the opening
lines. Professional playwright Lyne's inaugural novel, draws
on his many years of stage experience to produce a premium and
exceedingly engaging work.
Lyne's plentiful list of intriguing
characters, including even Jonathan's talking bunnies are vivid
and creditable. The band of often obsessed disciples, are as
richly drawn as the at times preoccupied, psychedelic hippie
god, both Jones' P. Senior and Junior, the toughs, the dwarf
and the balance of the often motley but always entertaining coterie
gracing "A Handicap for the Devil?"
On the pages of "A Handicap
for the Devil?" writer Lyne presents his tenets with respect
to many of today's social ills including the growing disparity
between haves and have-nots, inhumanity, war, and famine. His
notions are sure to agree with those held by with many readers.
Not for everyone: some graphic
language included, and for the super religious some notions presented
are sure to cause consternation.
A good tongue in cheek type work
for reading on a rainy afternoon. Happy to recommend for those
who enjoy the genre.