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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Call Me Pomeroy: A Novel of Satire and Political Dissent is a humorous fictional narrative, written by James Hanna. Fifty-seven years ago, Eddie Beasley was born. Now, he finds himself forever on parole for a crime he unknowingly committed after bedding a woman who'd lied about her age. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time seems to be Eddie’s, or rather Pomeroy’s, gift in life – a moniker he assumed during his first stint in San Quentin. Diagnosed with several different personality disorders, Pomeroy wants nothing more than to make it big with his natural poetic talent. Unfortunately, he instead constantly finds himself in all sorts of trouble with the police, as he unwittingly happens upon riots and protests against the presidency and regime – even being arrested for rescuing a policewoman from unruly thugs mid-riot. Seen as a pest by police, a hero by protesters, and a quirky musician by many, Pomeroy will stop at nothing to fulfill his dream of becoming a household name around the world ... but only for the RIGHT reasons.
In all honesty, I do not think I have ever laughed so hard whilst reading a book. From the very beginning to the very end, James Hanna’s talent shines through in every single word (and verse) he writes. Pomeroy’s use of vile language adds to the humor – and reality – of the tale being told. Poor old Pomeroy seems to be a victim of circumstance on a daily basis, with the worst always being assumed about him by police. It was quite clever, and true to point, with all of the riots and discord surrounding the Bush presidency. Never before have I come across a writer who had me laughing so hard at such an unruly tale, where the main character was forever in the wrong place at the wrong time, a victim of circumstance, when all he wanted to do in life was to make people happy – especially the women he meets, since he seems to be the constant object of their obsession and lust (in his own mind). I very much enjoyed reading Call Me Pomeroy, and recommend it to mature readers aged over 18 years, due to the coarse language used throughout.