Mister Sandman: A Novel Hardcover – 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
I wouldn't call it a waste of time. There are some very funny parts (mostly in the beginning and the end) and it's definitely unique. But... the story didn't really hold together well for me. It was more like a bunch of short stories set in the same place, as Gowdy takes one character at a time and exposes their strange (though I'm sure more common than most people think) lives. I wasn't disturbed by the amount of sexual material in the book but anyone that thinks this book is about some cute, angelic child should definitely beware.
Another reviewer mentioned purpose and resolution. I would have to agree, the ending didn't really explain much or give you any idea about the future of the family members. I don't think there really was a point Gowdy was trying to get across, unless it was "life is stranger than it looks at a glance".
Barbara Gowdy is a master of the weird. This is a book that I handed to 15 people and they either swallowed it whole - often finishing it in one orgy of late night reading - or gave up sometime after Mom's escapade with "Queen for a Day". (You'll have to read it.) Give it a shot - it'll be painless. Trust me.
Mary Henricksen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Vancouver, Canada
This is a rich, deeply spiritual book in many ways, though the prose can, and often does, take on a coarse, often vulgar character--again, a lot like life itself.
In the end, the books is a study of the difference between happiness and contentment in working through the difficulties of life.
I heartily recommend the book. One is well warned, however, that at times the coarseness of the manuscript can be unsettling.
Most recent customer reviews
Gowdy has quite an imagination. This is the most dysfunctional family I've read about (right up there with "Fall on Your Knees"). Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002 by Deanne Kelley
This is definitely one of those books you really can't put down. (I also couldn't get the song Mister Sandman out of my head.) Each character has such distinct personality traits. Read morePublished on April 19 2000 by Jen
This is an amazing book! I have read it at least six times. The characters are so strange and bizare but yet so real and human. I could not put this book down. Read morePublished on April 11 2000 by Heather R Sabian
Cleverly written, Mister Sandman looks into its characters' lives with honest and intimate detail. The characters are richly and vividly portrayed; the Canarys are strange yet... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000 by Koka Kliora
This is an amazing book! It's well-crafted, funny, sad, sensitive, mystical- all of the elements of the story come together for an ending that is perfection! Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2000
I picked up Mister Sandman at the library around three years ago (paperback version)I was through in about a day. Read morePublished on June 7 1999
The thing about this book that really caught my attention was the authors amazing ability to write about sex in a very real, uncontrived way. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 1998
Barbara Gowdy is a major league voice in a minor league arena, Canada. This novel screams Editor's Pick, NY Times Bestseller, Oprah's Choice but it remains quietly shelved,... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 1998 by email@example.com
Reminded me of Geek Love by K. Dunn and The World According to Garp by Irving, but loved this book even more! Read morePublished on Sept. 24 1998