by Bryan Taylor
Publisher: Dragon Tree Books (July 23, 2013)
Available in: Print & ebook, 401
Let me begin by saying this book is not safe for reading in bed when the room is shared with another who's sleeping--in a dorm, hospital, classroom, prison cell, church pew, board meeting, bedroom, car or mass transportation seat, with a spouse, sibling, friend, offspring or (as in my case currently) your mother.
Especially not your mother.
This is because your irrepressible laughter will wake them. Even if you are able to laugh silently there is the shaking of the bed or seat and the physical and facial contortions. And of course those inevitable questions:
- Are you OK? *gasp* Yes
- Why did you stop breathing? Laughing too hard. Trying not to wake you.
- What are you reading? A novel called The Three Sisters
- That sounds nice. What's it about? Three nuns fresh out of the convent on a road trip looking for fun, got a ticket for speeding, got arrested, escaped, and are now three fun nuns on the run.
- What's so funny? What? That wasn't enough?
- What happened to set you off? Um. Urm. Uh. Well. That would take a long explanation including definitions for obscure words that obscure the puns and punch lines.
- Well maybe you can read it to me after we finish Jan Karon's Father Tim book. Urmm. Wellll. Ummm. We'll see. *praying this is one of those conversations Mom doesn't remember the next day*
OK that totally didn't happen anywhere but in my imagination. But it was so vivid it now feels like a real memory. *shudders*
Next I must advise anyone who dislikes reading books with unfamiliar words to not let that stop you as there is plenty of fun in reading about the antics and adventures of Coito, Theodora, and Regina. Just be aware that by skimming over the strange words you will be missing a good portion of the funny--puns and punchlines.
But if like me you are one who loves to encounter new words and look them up to learn every thing about them--synonyms, antonyms, etymology--be aware you will be spending a lot of time looking up those words because many of them are no longer in the average dictionary. Not even collegiate dictionaries nor 'unabridged' dictionaries. Searching the web for definitions of those words might elicit dictionary entries asking if you are sure you spelled it correctly or apologizing for the missing entry, explaining it had been deleted by request.
What?!! *screeching in my head* Are there words they are hiding from us? Forcing into obscurity? Making illicit?
It seems so, considering that I finally found the definition of one word in The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot by David Grambs. This is a book I am now lusting after. Luckily the word I was after was on one of the pages in the Google Book preview. That word happened to reference a body part that parents, priests and prudes want all under age 18 to believe doesn't exist except at bath time.
So. They fail at taking the books off the shelves so now they are after taking the words out of the dictionaries?
As a book blogger who participates in Banned Book Week every fall and is already alarmed by the insidious efforts to remove from public shelves all books with material offensive to any group small or large but never a majority of citizens this is beyond alarming, it appalls me, fills me with trepidation. For what better way to insure that certain things can't be discussed than to take away the words themselves?
But, I digress. With reason. It's an effort to procrastinate having to confess that I got so lost in looking up words I didn't even reach the beginning of the road trip so I feel a bit of a poser calling this a review. Although I can say that I'm having a rollicking good time with it, I love Coito who reminds me so much of myself except braver and more audacious. (Well actually there are a number of big differences. Basically it was her talent for autodidact learning--the voracious reading across the Dewey Decimals from grade school on--that I was thinking about.)
So if it continues to deliver the antics of Coito and Co., the humor, puns, irreverence, satire, culture commentary and spoofing, a well told story and words I've never before met to the end I will continue to be as thrilled as I am to this point.
And I'll be looking for more such stories by Bryan Taylor.
From the Publishers:
Nuns just want to have fun! But when three former Catholic nuns, Coito Gott, Theodora Suora and Regina Grant have too much fun and get in trouble with the law, they become nuns on the run.
Driving back to Washington D.C. where they work at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Parts, the three sisters are arrested in Tennessee. After defeating the local deputy in strip poker, they escape from jail, and are pursued by the zealous Detective Schmuck Hole, who has personally offered a $10,000 reward for their capture on the 700 Club. Little do they know that when the three sisters visit the Washington Monument, their lives will change forever.
Set in 1979, The Three Sisters is a humorous, adult satire that skewers not only organized religion, but the government, the media, intellectuals, corporate greed and every other part of the establishment. Maybe not the greatest story ever told, but possibly the funniest.
“Blessed are they who read The Three Sisters, for they shall inherit eternal laughter.” — Matthew 5:66
What they are saying:
He decided to forsake the Southern Baptists for Catholicism, but when he applied to join a convent, he was rejected (sex discrimination!), so he decided to do the next best thing: write a novel about the three nuns he would most like to meet.
Bryan Taylor was born in Louisiana, grew up in Michigan and Texas, went to school in Tennessee, South Carolina and California, taught in Switzerland for a year, and has traveled to 50 countries, more than any Pope except Saint John Paul II. He now lives in California, which is one of the few places with people crazier than him.
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