The Book of Bob
As Revealed to Paul Chasman
Reviews and Letters!
"Paul Chasman held his listeners spellbound while reading from his hilarious political satire, The Book of Bob at Sunriver Books & Music. It is clear Paul is used to controlling the stage and engaging his audience. People were laughing out loud when Paul read the scene of God first speaking to Bob, clearly Bob was finding his first discussion with the almighty a bit stressful. The audience thoroughly enjoyed Paul reading the chapter involving leader of the Free Nation Delbert Thorne and a malfunctioning teleprompter.. People had such a good time at Paul’s reading they have been sending their friends into our shop to purchase Paul’s book!"
Deon Stonehurst, Owner
Sunriver Books and Music
"We’re mighty lucky Paul
Chasman got his inspiration for The Book of Bob because it’s going to
help all of us laugh and think and change and laugh some more . . . so
much wit and wisdom . . . I couldn’t wait to sit down with the book,
reread pieces and after laughing myself silly, I felt really healthy.
I’ve converted my old holiday gift list, and scratched out a lot of
other things, and written in The Book of Bob.”
Marlena Smith--KBOO-FM, Portland, Oregon
“Author Paul Chasman is yet another Northwest original. . . . The terse unpredictability of The Book of Bob recalls Richard Brautigan’s Willard and His Bowling Trophies.
. . . (Lakshmi Jackson’s) achingly beautiful dream of free-running
salmon speaks to the heart of many a Nor’wester. . . . (Chasman’s)
first novel will bring Christmas cheer to the hearts of Blue-Staters
Vincent Reynolds, Hipfish
“ ‘The Book of Bob is Chasman’s first novel, and it is clear he had a great time writing it. Readers who agree with his politics can find lots of passages to read out loud and laugh. The author provides the reader with lots of opportunities to chuckle at some of the twisted logic surrounding us today. I laughed out loud.”
Nancy Hoffman, The Daily Astorian & Chinook Observer/Coast Weekend
“Broad political satire, very funny. Paul Chasman has a lively imagination.”
"Paul Chasman has written a parable for our times. The Book of Bob is an Orwellian morality play of apocalyptic proportions . . . an entertaining romp of a read . But beyond the humor are words of wisdom that the best of us would do well to heed. The Book of Bob is a timeless fable, destined to become a classic."
Chris Hager, Amazon Review
“During the 2004 presidential campaign, 'The Book of Bob' began to take form in the incredibly agile mind of Paul Chasman, a helluva writer, one of our finest political satirists.”
L.H., Port Angeles, WA
“Wow! I am a huge fan of satire, yet to me well-done satire is not an easy thing to find. It's good to have someone confirm for us that, yes, everything is exactly as ridiculous as we suspect. Great book!”"For guitarist Paul Chasman, it may be that the pen is mightier than the barre chord. "The Book of Bob" is a funny story."
S.E., Portland, Oregon
John Foyston, The Oregonian
"Vonnegut fans take note."
"I really enjoyed The Book of Bob. It is a fitting companion of Mark Twain's Letters from the Earth and Volatire's Candide. Helluva Deal!"
K.C., Grinnell, Iowa
" 'Bob' is a unique book, hysterically funny."
Sue Figalde Lick
NW Senior and Boomer News
“I don't know when I have enjoyed a book so much, it just gets better and better. I've got a feeling that not everyone would think it is funny or prophetic, or even suitable for human consumption but I find myself thinking "yeah, oh, Yeah, OH MY DAD HELLUVADEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I cried when *** died). I'm sure it would be a "cult classic" at least, might even get up there with Garp or Zen. Paul . . . has a real fan. Helluvadeal!!!!!
B.G., Corvallis, Oregon
"The Book of Bob is one of those rare books that made me laugh out loud in public. Just describing the premise - that God (aka "Dad") has chosen to write a new blockbuster through a new prophet (Bob) - is enough to provoke giggles. It also suggests that there may be irreverent satire ahead. Knowing Paul Chasman and his work as "Carl Estrada," I was prepared. However, if you're looking for angry political rants against conservatives, go find a blog. All forms of 21st-century wackiness are fair game for Dad's mockery. This book is so funny, I forgot it had an agenda!”
Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council
"The Book of Bob" should be subtitled "Candide Meets the Political and Religious Equivalents of the Marx Brothers' Evil Twins." It features a naif who just wants to do the right thing. And..
-- a picaresque confederacy of saints and crazies on one helluva road trip--
--an elected leader who is hiliariously linguistically challenged . The Right Reverend Spooner has more than met his match. (And so has anybody with even an advanced case of Satyriasis)
--the loopiest, unlikeliest, loveliest love story since, say, Burns & Allen, or Auntie Mame and Beau, or, what the hell, Gargantua and Pantagruel--
-- a chilling story of a decent man gone crazed assassin-
-- a happy ending!! (And just as an aside, the story involves the coolest dog since Rin Tin Tin. Asta. Lassie. Scooby Doo.)
Never has Christmas shopping been so easy. My wife and I bought 20 copies. We don't have that many friends, but we might meet someone- and whoever it might be, they'll need this book. So do you.
Robert Clapp, Amazon Review
"Your book is laughing magic."
J.H., Clearwater, Nebraska
"What shines out to me is the brilliance of a prismatic clarity of mind. I love the complexity and compassion. I love "helluva deal" and CONTRADICTIONS. You have given us a humorful mythic masterpiece which is also a frightening, searing commentary. MAY IT INSPIRE."
S.S., Yachats, Oregon
"This is an excellent satire that had me laughing out loud."
Patti Siberz, Oregon Coast Today
"Flipper me fingers, this might be the best babbling book I have ever read. As with the previous book, those who can't handle a little teasing about religion or a few humorously rewritten Bible verses might be offended, but I think Paul Chasman, who channeled this book after the second election of the second George Bush, may have received a bit of divine inspiration . . . Laughs, tears, and lessons abound."
"I want to be the first to tell the world about this wonderful book . . . it's one of those books that you can't wait to find out what happens, and when it does, you are sad that it's over. I laugh out loud, wake the dog, cats, husband, and go back for more. Helluva deal!"
--K.Morris, Amazon Book Review
"What an engrossing and enjoyable serio-comic novel! THE BOOK OF BOB addresses just about every social and cultural issue in today1s world . . . . You have created a little masterpiece of commentary on the contemporary scene with all its frightening possibilities, but also with its redemptive and hopeful potential that stem from caring for our fellows with love and kindness.
"THE BOOK OF BOB is a drama of options and choices about how life can play out, examining as it goes, the good and the evil. You have peopled it with characters strong and weak, with agendas altruistic and self-serving, and brought them together as fully developed individuals with all their strengths and idiosyncrasies. I commend you for portraying them all so skillfully within a plot that has many venues and many moral issues for both the best and the worst of humankind.
"You are a skilled and insightful writer."
--Nadine Cobb, Author and Marketing Consultant
"One helluva romp!! Move over Hunter S. and Bill Burroughs! Make room for Paul Chasman.
Great fun! Heavy intellectual input. A real classy piece of writing."
L. H., Port Angeles, Washington
"Got in touch with E.S. and M.B. to tell them THE BOOK OF BOB is waiting for them. I warned them they were not going to get through it quickly - what with all the laugh breaks."
--E.O., Joyce, Washington
"It is the first time I've cried out loud over the death of a character since Garp. I will have to order another copy, for sharing. I will not hand out my copy, I'm afraid I won't get it back!"
--K.M., Meriden, Connecticut
And this, straight from the pen of Dad:
"I just finished reading The Book of Bob for the fourth time, and for the fourth time I'm stunned by the relevance of (the) work . . . For the fourth time I'm struck by the perfect pitch of the satire.
The sparks of brilliance, the pages of sheer poetry, the outrageous humor, the wild array of characters, and the passion of The Book of Bob make it a "must read" for everyone who is frightened by the speed at which George W. Bush and his gang are bulldozing our country.
This book may well have been inspired by Dad. It's a helluva deal! "
(Note: The fact that I'm one of the editors of The Book of Bob and that I happen to be the author's father in no way affected the objectivity of this review.)