I am not sure what has happened to Les. I have previously enjoyed Barrett's humour and the scrapes that Les gets himself into. But this one just didn't live up to expectations. The start of the book was hard to follow, with random references to events that occurred in the previous Norton adventure. Having not read the previous title, I was at a loss. This coupled with the author's note alluding to Les's participation in a date rape means I won't bother either.
And it was generally downhill from there. Sure there was the occasional funny line or comical story, but essentially much of the book was spent describing a blues festival and how 'the grouse' Narooma was through the lecherous, inebriated and/or stoned eyes of Les Norton. And the less said about the padded magic mushroom trip the better.
The old adage of 'never judge a book by it's cover' can be applied to this book. Admire the cover, and move along.
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