Elevating Overman is a funny and painful story of redemption that explores the complex ramifications of what it means to get a second chance.
The novel follows the journey of Ira Overman, veteran of multiple botched careers and a singularly botched marriage, as he makes one last attempt to rise above the guilt, weakness, and self-hatred that have been hard-wired into his soul since birth. Through an unlikely side effect from a seemingly routine surgery, Overman suddenly finds himself trying to reconcile newfound powers with the man he used to be, determined not to repeat the poor choices of his past. Overman succeeds at righting some of his former wrongs, fails miserably at others, but, most importantly, gains a small yet significant window into a life that matters.
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What A Treat!
Cliched and mean spirited
The characters are not only unpleasant, shrieking and mean, no one, not even Overman, seems to learn anything over the course of the book, and it's hard to root for such a loser who has been a terrible person and worse father. It's like low rent Philip Roth. It doesn't even feel contemporary; the suburban Jewish LA characters feel like they're from the 1950's and there's a tone of casual sexism that annoyed me throughout. The "gimmick" of the book is ludicrous and not nearly as clever as the author seems to think. I am very interested in "mid life crises" books, but this just depressed me. Gave it way too much of a chance.
Jason Alexander is obviously hugely talented, but I found his takes on the character voices, particularly the women, over the top and grating -- the women are either hysterical or stupid. That being said, no one could have brought this thing to life.
I can't think of one.