Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE™ VOICE Robert Kral Accomplishes His Mission July 9, 2012
Take a look in a mirror, or better yet, take a look at your reflection in the gals sofa storefront where the world is walking by in both directions, really look, and then think back to the chapters in Robert Kral's parody of modern life IDIOTVILLE: THE FOOL'S HANDBOOK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY and doubtless you will first blush with embarrassment and then laugh out loud. Human foibles magnified is what this hilarious spoof is all about. It seems the author's summary says it s best and is worth repeating: `It's a great time to be alive, but good grief we have our problems. It's easy to get frustrated because some problems just seem to linger like foul bathroom odors. What irritates you most? The economy? Your job situation? Your credit rating? The national debt? Political advertising? Bonkers religions? School mascots? Doped up athletes? Lousy music? And really, is cheerleading a sport? What do you do about it? Get angry? Sulk? Strap yourself with explosives and hope for the best? How about laughing at it! Accept it for what it is -- lunacy! Take life experiences, even the somber ones, dress them up in a clown suit and hand over a bicycle horn. If you don't take life too seriously and learn to have a good laugh at it, know what happens? You feel good! That's what Idiotville is all about.' IDIOTVILLE is a warped town of people that are all too familiar (if you are honest in thinking about where your live....). The gross errors some well-meaning bureaucrats make that end up resulting on generalized chaos, the insanity that can creep into religion and churches under the guise of doing good things, the corruptions of such hallowed forces as police and educators, the integrated behavior dysfunction of delinquents, the careening of public opinion led astray by the lunacy of those who see themselves a s spokesmen, etc. Kral populates Idiotville with well meaning fools who just can't see beyond the ends of their own noses and the results of the shortsightedness is corruption and disaster - kind of like our current economy, foreign policy, immigration debate, healthcare delivery and on and on. In Kral's prelude (which he terms a Dedication) he sates the following: `This book is dedicated to lemmings. Lemmings are warm, furry, lovable creatures. Lemmings are also pathetic, because they mindlessly follow each other assuming someone knows the way, when in fact no one is leading. Their final destination, a surprise to all of them but to no one watching, is usually just a step or two off the edge of a cliff.' It seems Robert Kral is emerging as one of the more astute AND hilarious observers of human behavior today. Read it and blush.