Author:  Tom Lucas

ISBN:  978 098 852 6105

Publisher:  Room 1331 Production

   

Leather to the Corinthians starts off as if you were standing among a crowd listening to someone trying to sell you something from the back of a truck.  A gentleman shouting, “I know what ails you!” makes you want to stop and listen, or in this case, to read on.

The author appears to be making fun of the corporate American structure and the workplace, as it pertains to the scrutiny of higher management.  Told in a farce, sarcastic manner bordering on abrasive with some mild profanity, Tom Lucas brings the story to life. 

 
There appears to be lots of conflict, not only with the characters but with society itself.  No one seems to be happy except upper management and those higher ups who rule above them.  In the chapter, “Sell, Sell, Sell”, the CEO reams a character by the name of Peter, to the point where he feels less than adequate but Peter seems to accept the abuse as commonplace and relishes in it.  The author reminds us that we all struggle with inner conflicts and the book puts everyone’s weaknesses and disabilities to ridicule.
 

Several settings in the story keeps the reader entertained.  The antics occurring in the corporate boardroom, the shenanigans from the village, the incident in the courtroom and the goings on in the church, add to the interesting aspects of the novel.

The main characters come across as arrogant and just when you get the gist of the story, the nonsense of one predicament after another throws you off your toes.  The minor characters are meant to seem superficial and absurd while trying to deal with their inconsequential problems.  The author makes it seem that employees are prisoners of the corporation and for some employees, all the work is turning them into drones and vapid puppets, performing to just get ahead of the game. 

The dialogue is outlandish.  Sometimes what the characters say doesn’t make any sense but it is made to be very funny and “in your face” humour.  The story is well written and descriptive as the readers know what is going on as Tom Lucas unfolds it before you.  The comical relationships that transpire between everyone makes you want to read on to see what they do next.

Expect the unexpected, such as a small handbook in the middle of the novel with a screenplay for The Big Red J, Our Savior.  You will be vastly entertained and enlightened.  If you haven’t read the Leather to the Corinthians, give it a try.

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