Combining tart humor, playful language, and a serious moral dimension, this unusual novelette depicts the growing friendship between just-turning-eight Carrie Ann Watson and her Uncle Mocky, a wry, gentle, and openly gay French teacher who has returned to his home town to reconcile with his dying father. Set in the mid 1980s, the story is told as a "novel" written by CarriCombining tart humor, playful language, and a serious moral dimension, this unusual novelette depicts the growing friendship between just-turning-eight Carrie Ann Watson and her Uncle Mocky, a wry, gentle, and openly gay French teacher who has returned to his home town to reconcile with his dying father. Set in the mid 1980s, the story is told as a "novel" written by Carrie herself, complete with all her linguistic idiosyncrasies and unvarnished candor. The result is funny and touching, but hardly an idealized portrait of childhood as a state of grace....
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Mocky's Revinge Reviews
I received a copy of Mocky's Revenge from a giveaway in the Goodreads First Reads program.Mocky's Revinge is an experimental work of fiction with a unique point of view. Rather than just being narrated by a child, this book is "written by" 8-year-old Carrie Ann. The story is Carrie writing her own "fair and not bi-assed" novel about what happens over the course of one eventful summer.It all takes place in Ohio in 1985 and begins with Carrie's uncle Mocky, a gay French professor living in Columbus, coming to stay with Carrie's family during the summer to make amends with his dying father, Carrie's Papaw. The other central characters include Carrie's mother Lori, Lori's "dummer in dirt" boyfriend Roy, and Carrie's "pre-Madonna" sister Mariah. It is an interesting look at family relationships, prejudice, and revenge from the eyes of a child.Some people may find the style, with all of Carrie's misspellings etc., to be a distraction, but for this work I think it serves its purpose. It does slow you down a bit at times, but it is a short book (which also makes sense given the premise), and serves as a good reminder of Carrie's youth. Carrie seems to be very bright and well spoken, which written normally might make her seem older in readers' minds. Though I did find myself a little taken out of the story at times wondering "is that really how an 8 year old would write?". (I am not really sure, not having a lot of experience with 8-year-old's writing.) To be honest, though, my favorite part of the book is in-between the main narrative Carrie inserts these little stories that she has written that are pretty hilarious. A nice diversion from her "serious" story. Overall, a good quick read. 3.5 stars.
I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.This book was a bit difficult to read. I understand the concept of reading it as an 8 year old child wrote it, however, it was abrasive and I often spent more time deciphering the words rather than enjoying the story. Despite the language issue it was a good short story. The characters were realistic and played out as a real family would. A quick read.
Thank you to author Mark Louis Lehman and Good Reads' First Reads Giveaway for giving me the opportunity to review this book. Carrie Ann's story of her Uncle Mocky's "Revinge" is a wonderful literary experiment that demonstrates why novels are not typically written by eight-year-olds. Although I did enjoy this book, I would have enjoyed it much more without the colorful errors. However, I do applaud Lehman on his bravery in writing such a unique and creative piece.
I read Mocky's Revinge cover to cover last night. Uniquely entertaining.