Continuing my wee foray into the ebooks of the McVoices authors I forced myself away from the work of Gisby (difficult if you've ever read his work) and onto the man whom I am most jealous of in our wee group (because he lives in one of my favourite cities, Barcelona).
I had few expectations before starting the book, Brendan had said that it was funny but he didn't explain why, If I had to put a stamp on it I'd say it was surrealist comedy.
What I wasn't expecting was to find Charlie Chaplin running around the streets of Scotland accompanied by Frank Zappa and Napoleon Bonaparte led by a Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle and his wife. Intrigued? You should be.
Rainbow is a short book with a big idea. The protagonist, Mike, wants to change the world one Scottish town at a time, and while his wife is away working in Asia he sets about achieving this goal, picking up his band of freaks and poets along the way.
At the beginning of the book it seems like it is going to be a serious tale of a man who is lost, doesn't fit in or discontented with his mundane life, something most of us can relate to. But read on and you will find yourself lost in John's wonderful imagination.
The story made me laugh out loud, laugh inside, it made me a wee bit sad at times and by the end I felt like I was ready to join this band of nutcases (or join John if he's planning on actually doing this).
This isn't easy comedy, there's no knock knock jokes here but if you allow yourself to become entombed in the books madness you will certainly be in for a crazy ride. Hence the sunburn. Laying on a beach under 36 degree heat engrossed in an excellent wee book will very quickly lead to frazzled skin and a sweaty forehead.
Rightly or wrongly at times this book reminded me a little of The Dice Man in that it shows the transformation of one man's personality and the ripple effect it has on the people who encounter the new him.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rainbow, John has a beautiful imagination and the book is worth every penny, the time and the sunburn.
Very much looking forward to reading John's new book The Tower.