Publication Date: August 25, 2013
Always the groomsman and never the groom is Bobby Bo’s way of life. Wedding Chronicles tracks Bobby Bo through 13 wedding and relates to the readers what he learns along the way. Wedding Chronicles is the first novel in a planned trilogy.
The author, Bob N. Boguslavksi, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
Wedding Chronicles by Bob N. Boguslavksi comes with a soundtrack. I read half of the novel without the soundtrack (You can find a playlist for the novel by clicking here – song lists also appear within the narrative should a reader choose to do their own looking UPDATE Thank you to a reader for letting me know that Grooveshark ended its run in 2015 11/01/17) and went back and read again with the music in mind. I found that the interactivity of the music elevated the tone of the narrative. There is a life to Bobby Bo with or without the music that is hard to deny. Bobby is the true magic of Wedding Chronicles.
Boguslavksi’s characters are nothing short of brilliant. From Lulu of French Canada and 42 years of marriage at the beginning of the novel, each encounter makes an impact. The core characters met at school in Spain. Jock Finn, the novel’s star masochist, just cracked me up. If Wedding Chronicles had a Steve Stifler (“American Pie”), he’d play that role but without being abrasive. Radio host Larry Flick says that if you’re going to be an asshole, the least you can be is funny and Jock is just awful and so hilarious and yet never a character I thought over the top.
Bobby is a character that has the feeling of being well known to the author. He seems a bit jaded on the surface, but the reader knows that deep down beats the heart of an optimist and one who believes in love. Usually, a first novel will be weak as the author is getting to know his or her character and tends to really overshare with the audience in the process. Boguslavksi presents Bobby as someone he’s known all his life and so do we. We were there for his first go as a best man. We are by his side as he strives not to anger the Icelandic Andre, the Giant. Bobby is a great character and his interactions are true to his characters.
The co-star of Wedding Chronicles is the unique situational humor that Boguslavksi weaves through his narrative. Bobby is traveling the world from wedding to wedding. This is not simply a book about wedding and marriage but one of travel, politics, relationships and life. There is a light tone and spirit in the novel reminding us not to take life too seriously. I can only liken my experience in reading this novel to sitting in front of a favorite comedy of the 1960s. Deliciously enjoyable and a novel I would love to read again and again.
Bob N. Boguslavksi is a Canadian author who has lived all over the world and Wedding Chronicles is his first novel.
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