I am quite excited about writing this blog for two reasons. Firstly this is my first post and secondly this book I am reviewing is the first comedy book I have read cover to cover. The name of the book is Inconceivable by the comical genius Ben Elton.
In the early 80s and 90s Ben Elton was extremely successful as stand up comedian, writer of television programmes and a novelist. I think what made him so successful and what made me recognize him was the blackadder series which he had written. I thought the series was original and very witty, it was about subjects that people thought they could never make fun of. His brilliant ideas brought him great success as well as books being turned into films he also gained awards for his works.
Inconceivable was written in 1999 following the success of his other books including Stark, Gridlock and the Blast from the past. The book is about a couple determined to get what they want. Sam wants to write a big hit movie and lucy desperately wants a baby. If you compare their odds it looks like Lucy has a better chance of getting what she desires. The book is written in a diary form and it is quite clever, it is like reading two diaries at the same time. It is actually that. I like the way the book has been written structurally it is easy to read and the always something to laugh out loud to on each page. I could tell some humour was used to tone down the serious and emotional parts of the book. The diary style that the book has also makes it very easy to get get through and also very re-readable.
When I started to read the book I could immediately identify with both characters and you could tell they both needed their ambitions to be fulfilled, for the benefit of each other. Sam really wanted his big break as an hollywood writer and tries very hard and genuinely thinks he can do this. Lucy is also very determined to give birth, hence writing diaries to help them get through the difficult time. Lucy seems to always be bearing a lot more of this difficulty because she wants it more than anything, Sam just wants to make sure she is happy. Lucy comes up with many ideas to give birth, you can tell that Sam is always behind because of he likes to see her happy. You wonder how they have got this far, the love for each other in the book slowly starts to wither. Out of the whole book I found Lucy’s diary more interesting it involved a lot more of her emotion and you were up to date about how she felt. You also got the feeling that she wanted more and but there was something about Sam that attracted her to him.
I did really like this book I thought it was an excellent read and there were never parts of the book that were boring. Afterwhile you were just waiting for the humour to come. Ben Elton is such a talented writer because you can never tell what he will joke about next, it could be the most imaginery thing.