Torn by Simon Williams

I laugh out loud at myself as Simon Williams describes our American foibles from his outsider perspective.  But the funnier he is, the more tragic becomes the problem he eludes to many times, that his humor covers up until page 220 of 225.  He derides the American health care system as he first experiences in Florida and paints a picture of the DMV reminiscent of Zootopia, peppering episodic tales with references to Monty Python (his shared interest in which helps him pass his physical therapy exams at “uni”) and other pop culture icons from the 1980’s and 90’s.  The “rugby gods” shine down on him for the most part, but the Universe also deals him some “s*** to stir.”  Despite rude patients and divorced workmates, rugby injuries and car trouble, a girlfriend’s hijacked photo and bar brawls, he never stays down for long, until serious depression strikes.  Having traveled a bumpy road with him, that’s when I’m hooked.  I ditto his claim that writing is a way of getting back up.  Writing and good mates.  Two follow-ups succeed TORN. See other self-published reviews here

Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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