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The Locklear Letters by Michael Kun
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.23" Weight: 1.09 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
ISBN 1931561362 ISBN13 9781931561365
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More About Michael Kun
Michael Kun is the critically acclaimed author of The Locklear Letters (a BookSense #1 selection) and You Poor Monster (a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, a Borders "Original Voices" selection, and Baltimore magazine's selection as the best novel of 2006).
Michael Kun currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Locklear Letters?
Oh, goodness! Sep 27, 2007
This book is hilarious. It's a little flawed - the protagonist, Sid Straw writes letters to people who normally wouldn't receive letters, but there has to be a way to fill in some of the story gaps. I can forgive that, but it does drop down to four stars instead of five for me (it also doesn't help that Straw is absolutely annoying and an idiot).
So I guess to say he's a little preoccupied with former college classmate Heather Locklear is the understatement of the year, huh? Sid Straw writes letter after letter to Locklear, her agent, her lawyer, the neighborhood florist, his parents, his parents' neighbor, his employers (current, and inevitably former), charities, magazine companies, the FBI, the alumni of UCLA, realtors, his own lawyer, and the unemployment agency.
At first he's heading deep into a downward spiral, and every letter gets funnier and funnier (but also in that Curb Your Enthusiasm way, you almost beg Sid NOT to write the ridiculously inept letters he scribes and sends off).
It almost can't possibly get worse....and then it doesn't. In fact, it gets better. It gets MUCH better. It gets almost unbelievably better, to the point that I am still unsure if the last quarter of the book is supposed to have happened, or if he's imagined it all and has gone straight-up nuts. I guess it's up to us, huh?
Fans of Kun will enjoy this. If you aren't a fan, it might get a bit taxing, but I think it's worth the read. And if you read it and you didn't like it, it went by quickly, right?
Funny and a remarkably quick read May 11, 2006
I read this book during a total of three busrides to work, I'm not a fast reader and my bus ride is about five miles. 340 pages. Do the math.
It's a funny book, a little disconcerting in the middle sections where Sid Straw, a man who seems to have been writing a ridiculously high percentage of the personal letters actually sent in the mail in the 21st century, seems to be heading toward self-destruction, but the ending, aided by a lawyer who is both cutthroat and cutrate, is a hoot.
Years ago, Leo Rosten wrote a little-noticed novel called "Dear 'Herm'" that this book reminded me of a lot. It too is epistolatory, and the writer of the letters also seems to have very little sense of the reaction his letters engender in others, and very little care as well. Both books have uncomfortable moments and warm hearts at their center.
Quirky, fun and damn amusing at times. Jan 1, 2005
I had read the other customer reviews prior to getting this book. Between their comments and the book's title, the idea that the book contained lots of letters was not lost on me (nothing gets by me...especially when the title includes the word "Letters"). What I didn't understand is that this book is ONLY letters. There are no chapters, no intro paragraphs or closing paragraphs. You are reading the letters that the main character writes to others. And they are short...most are half a page.
Pretend you were to read someone else's emails for a month...but only what they write, not what the other person writes...same idea as this book. Through the main character's letters (most to Heather Locklear) you get a pretty decent picture of what correspondance and activities are happening in his life. And what is happening, could be better.
The main character, Sid Straw, seems to have bad days followed by worse days for most of the novel. His pain, desribed in letters (many to his old college friend Heather Locklear), makes your day seem GREAT. Also, his misfortune is written in a VERY funny manner...I laughed out loud many times while reading this book.
If you have got a sense of humor with a quirky kick at times, then you will enjoy this quick, amusing read.
Sid Straw...how can you not like a character named that? Nov 26, 2004
This book is pure fun. It is a silly, outlandish, and probably pure fantasy, but it works if you allow yourself to be taken along for the ride. Parts of it are laugh outloud funny. Straw is a sweet guy at heart, if bumbling. A few of the letters, written in his moments of strongest despair, are almost moving. Particularly the one where he mentions the volleyball game (I won't say more). The this site corp. review thinks the end might be just imagined. I refuse to think that. Instead, as Sid says, it is about hope. It is about learning and bettering yourself and hoping someone, even Heather Locklear, will notice. I hope you she saw and loved this tribute to her. Great stuff.
I laughed so hard that I wet my pants .... Jul 8, 2004
and then I read the book again. If you are looking for an awesome book to take to the beach this summer, this is the one!