The Wrinkly

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Mike Lewis wants 'out'. Out of his meaningless career, his shallow relationships, the big city rat race. On a whim, he signs a contract for a house in an idyllic retirement community in Florida that promises a peaceful life of golf and hobbies. Only later does he read the small print: he has to be over 60 to join the enclave. Trouble is, he's only 39. Welcome to the start of a whole new life... More

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Published: May 29, 2010
Words: 45,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452368573
About Paul Collis

Born in Greater London.
Art school in the seventies.
The next few decades spent at ad agencies creating TV commercials in London, Milan, New York and San Francisco.
Some fishing here, some photography there.
Now thinking about the next project...

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Review by: Paul Smithson on April 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I thoroughly enjoyed this short book. I read it whilst on vacation in Spain and found it unputdownable. I pretty much read it in two or three sittings.

I think the author does an excellent job of moving the story along at just the right pace, with sufficient interesting scenes to keep a good momentum. Characters appear believable, and one can't help but empathize with the major ones.

What I really loved was the ending. I don't want to give anything away so I'm not going to say why :-)

I do agree with some of the other reviews that maybe it could have been clearer as to why Mike Lewis is so keen to move to Goldenville, and not just go on a world cruise or some other form of early retirement. I just figured he liked what he saw there so much that he wanted to be a part of that.

There were a few moments in the book that made me laugh out loud, which is always the sign of a well written light-hearted book. That, and the fact that the book left me with a nice warm feeling make it a winner in my eyes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: TC on Aug. 21, 2011 : star star star
I like a good comedy, and I've seen one or two communities in Florida that have quite frankly scared me with their perfect appearances and promises of idyll, so this seemed like a good read for me.

Mike Lewis is 39, sells TV advertising slots & dates younger women. On a trip to Florida for a conference he discovers a community with wonderful leisure facilities and every class going to enrich a life. All the people he sees look happy. Returning home he checks into his financial affairs and decides to move there, announcing at his 40th birthday party that he's taking early retirement. It's only after he's paid the deposit on a rental home that he realises it's for the over 60s only. He's so sold on the way of life that he decides drastic action is necessary to blag his way in. Once there he finds himself playing plenty of golf, and meeting attractive women of various ages. However keeping up the facade provides good comedy material. While trying to adopt the gait, voice and habits of a man 20 years older he still finds himself fending of advances, ends up in a very confusing romantic situation and finds the golf club is being used by drug dealers.

The basic premise is a bit far-fetched, and at the start I didn't understand why Mike was so easily hooked on the idea of moving to Goldenville, but if you get past that and enjoy the ride there's some good humour to be had from the situation. The author also makes his motivation for the move a little clearer later on in the book. Many of the characters are larger than life and although Mike felt like the only fully developed one the ensemble cast helped make the book.

The plot is pretty simple and provides some nice humour. This wasn't a particularly long book, and it was a nice, easy fun read that left me in a good mood. If I was the sort of person who kept a pile of books for summer/holiday reading this would sit nicely in that pile.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lone Star BookWorks on Aug. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
Far-fetched but plausible, 'The Wrinkly' is packed with wit, humor, believable characters, and evocative descriptions. Gentle commentary on the ecology of Florida and it's fragile state is reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen, but Collis definitely has a writing style all his own. One of the best 'chosen-for-its-summary' books I've read in ages.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: carrie on April 08, 2011 : star star star star
It was a cute, easy to read book. Very unique topic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: pippye on March 23, 2011 : star star star star
Who hasn't dreamed of retiring early? 'The Wrinkly' is an amusing, short-ish novel, well written and fast paced. The characters are clearly defined and the hero – who seemed to be a little shallow on first meeting - redeems himself. Set mainly in Florida, it's a sunny read. Four stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: wolf55 on March 13, 2011 : star star star star star
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice change from freading other books, has a side of humor that I could see someone trying to do.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mac Dumcum on Feb. 23, 2011 : star star star star
"The Wrinkly" by Paul Collis is a fun read. While the premise may seem a little far fetched, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. Some of the situations the main character finds himself in are honestly laugh-out-loud funny. If you are in the mood for an entertaining read, this is the book for you. Good on you, Paul!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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