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Page Turner: Christopher Moore novels very funny, but touching

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Kurt Vonnegut's 'Player Piano' a longtime book favorite.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 02:02 am
Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Dave Le Beau, an Allen County deputy prosecutor.

"I just finished reading 'Secondhand Souls,' written by Christopher Moore. He is absurd, writing novels that have a point. 'A Dirty Job' was his first book, about an everyday guy named Charley, a courier of souls. It is ridiculous but sublime and very touching. You must take care of secondhand souls, he writes, and it's very funny — but he also touches you.

"I have read six or seven of his novels. My favorite is 'Fool.' This is a surprisingly easy read considering it makes you think. It's a takeoff of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' and worth finding. This is a light, fun read; it's laugh out loud funny.

"I don't use my tablet a lot. I prefer paper. And I read a lot of fiction. The most recently read book is 'Ten Percent Happier,' by ABC (News) correspondent Dan Harris. It's the story of his crash — why the breakdown and his discovery of meditation. I first heard about it on NPR (National Public Radio), then saw it and bought it. I would recommend it.

"A favorite book that I must recommend is Kurt Vonnegut's 'Player Piano.' I have re-read it four or five times, first reading it while in college. It takes place in the future when machines and robots have taken over. It is satire and somewhat funny but truly disturbing — as Vonnegut can be! In this book, people never have jobs; they are given everything. Scientists and engineers are the exception.

"This is classic Vonnegut. Creepy software programs write newspaper items. You have to think about people losing jobs and machines replacing everyone — and what happens when you are the son of a scientist and show aptitude for science or engineering. There is less mobility now. Education is the answer — the worst answer we can find, except for the others. He (Vonnegut) is fantastic!

"Yes, I have always been a reader."


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