(PRWEB) April 23, 2004
In his 294 page humorous novel ÂThe Hope Chest - By Arthur MedsÂ, Charles Sloat presents the rough draft of a fictional novel by a fictional author.
The premise is clever and well executed. The book is full of charm, wit, humor, and Âan almost obscene fondness for small furry woodland creatures.Â
The story of ÂThe Hope ChestÂ is the story of a man, Maxwell Alexander Noiton, and the events in his life that lead him to frequent a quiet pub tucked away down an empty alley. At least that is the way the final version of the story reads. The original draft isnÂt as straightforward.
According to the preface written by a fictitious and enigmatic character named Michael Wallace Ellinglsy, after Arthur Meds death, the original manuscript for his novel ÂThe Hope ChestÂ was found in a diaper bag in Chicago. Since the draft contained a rough version of the final story along with marginal notes and parenthetical comments, an unscrupulous company published the draft in its raw unedited form in order to make a quick and easy profit.
When asked to explain the novel, Charles Sloat said, ÂThe book was an experiment designed to break down the barriers between the writer and his audience. The reader is allowed to watch a novel unfold as its author struggles to tell his simple story. Scenes are abandoned. Characters are introduced and forgotten. Three men are stranded in a boat where they find a kazoo, argue about the existence of God, and try to find the meaning of life.Â
At its core, it is the story of a person struggling through adversity Â and failing.
One reviewer stated, ÂThis is fantastic, I donÂt remember ever hurting from laughing so much. If you ever read Douglas Adams ÂHitch-hikerÂs GuideÂ, with itÂs totally pointless hilarious statements, then you will love this, if you havenÂt then pass on the ÂGuideÂ and go straight to ÂThe Hope Chest.Â I have bought the download, because I didnÂt want to wait three weeks to read the rest!Â
The book is available for sale through Lulu Enterprises for $14.95 at http://books.lulu.com/content/46418 and is available at http://amazon.com and http://barnesandnoble.com (ISBN 1411606280). It is also available as an E-Book in PDF format for immediate download.
Charles Sloat is a New York native and resident of Westchester County. He is a mechanical engineer by degree and a high school math teacher by trade. His hobbies include fire sitting, cliff jumping, tornado calling, street licking, rock bashing, car lifting, bear taunting, and any one of a dozen similar, but equally pointless, activities. He used to like bowling, but doesnÂt anymore. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and maintains a web site at http://www.arthurmeds.com.