Book Reviews: Bucky F*cking Dent

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 Book Reviews: Bucky F*cking Dent

Today's Manager
June 1, 2017

Bucky F*cking Dent
By David Duchovny
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis

Fox Mulder Writes Fiction

MOST people would know of Mr David Duchovny, who is best known for his role as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in the immensely popular television series The X-Files. The last acting role that I remember him in was as alcoholic novelist Mr Hank Moody in Californication.

Apart from writing a few episodes of The X-Files, who knew that Mr Duchovny put pen to paper in real life too? Oh wait a minute, the man does have his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and Masters from Yale University, no less.

His first title was Holy Cow which has been on my to-read list for way too long. This is his second and it will hit close to home for those who like baseball. I myself neither like nor dislike baseball, however, the premise of this book is interesting.

The main character, Ted Fullilove also known as Mr Peanut hears that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, returns home and faces an absentee father of his youth who is trying to make up for lost time. Ted realises that his dad’s health becomes worse every time his favourite baseball team, The Red Sox loses.

Ted creates the illusion of a Red Sox winning streak and as you, dear reader, would expect, hilarity ensues as it boils down to how these characters deal with hard times in some rather interesting ways.

This book touches on the sometimes complex father-son relationship as well and I am sure it will touch the hearts of those who may have lost their fathers.

There are times when the plot seems a little unrealistic, though still hilarious. I will give it to Mr Duchovny for keeping his characters down to earth though. I enjoy character-based literature and this is a book that is poignant yet hilarious. I cannot wait for Mr Duchovny’s next offering.

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