Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bonus FFB on Saturday: Brother's Keepers -- Donald E. Westlake

How can you know a book's reputation for 40 years and still not have read it?  Just an oversight, I guess, but I'm glad I finally got around to Brother's Keepers.  If there's one word for this one, I think the word might be delightful.  It's a warm, funny, and highly entertaining book.  It's not a crime novel, although there are certainly crimes involved.  It's just a fine comic novel that proves once again what a versatile writer Donald E. Westlake was.

There's this monastery, see, that was established in New York City in 1777, and now it's sitting right in the middle of some prime real estate that's ripe for redevelopment.  And, sure enough, no one can find the monastery's long-forgotten lease agreement, so there's no way for the monks to prove ownership or to prove that they have a right to stay where they are.  Which, of course, is what they want to do.  Complications and high jinks ensue.

The books is narrated by Brother Benedict, who loves the monastery and who goes through quite a crisis of conscience.  Westlake does a masterful job with this and with the entire story, which is guaranteed to make you smile.  Highly recommended.

6 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

It sounds familiar but I can't remember for sure if I've read it or not. Westlake's comic novels are among my favorites of his books.

FreeLiveFree said...

Never read it. Westlake's novels, even the comic ones, tend to be a bit cynical. So it seems weird he right about a bunch of monks. Of course, there was a nun in one of his Dortmunder books.

Don Coffin said...

I'd never even heard of it...and, speaking of crimes, it's OP and not available as an ebook...Oh, well, there's always ABE...

Bill Crider said...

I'm surprised there's no e-book.

Don Coffin said...

If Amazon doesn't have it as an ebook...probably no one does.

Unknown said...

Must be a problem with the copyright.