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Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir Paperback – 7 Feb 2006
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“Written in a clear, conversational style, the book combines all the elements of a love story, a rediscovered brother-to-brother relationship, a travelogue and an adventure story--told against the backdrop of a strong and supportive family.” ―THE SACRAMENTO BEE
“Fun, well-paced and personal...an exceptional read.” ―OC METRO
“[Wisner] is a gifted storyteller with a flair for defining the describing details of people and places.” ―COAST magazine
About the Author
Franz Wisner is a writer/vagabond who, in a previous reincarnation, used to work as a lobbyist, a public relations executive, and a government press secretary. During his world journeys, he published numerous travel articles and opinion pieces, which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, ABC News on-line, and Coast Magazine, among others. Franz and his brother, Kurt, are currently traveling the globe for their next book, also with St. Martin's Press.
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By the time I got halfway through the book, I was skipping pages to avoid the annoying personal diary parts to get to the travel parts. I guess that's the risk of writing a "hybrid" book like this: part diary, part travel nonfiction.
How could a studly guy with his magic charisma and good looks, a hot shot with political career chops earned through his skill at brokering election results and doling out wads of corporate dough, be candidate for a dumping? He is thrifty, loyal, does his duty to God and the Republican Party, is devoted to his grandmother, helps other people at all times, keeps himself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight (okay except in Moscow but that's Russia so it doesn't count). He is patient, generous and tolerant with the little brother who comes to his immediate rescue. He has absolutely no flaws. What's not to love about this smooth talking, self absorbed slice of Wonder Bread? Just ask him!
Well, life can be cruel especially to the good guys, so he bravely decides to suck it up. And our hero The Wiz sets off, dragging around his great big load of love baggage, to travel the world with his quirky, loveable, erstwhile ignored little brother. Oh, yes and they do have some grand adventures, even out of the sack. Unfortunately none of them are rendered with any skill. The whole business is tiresome.
Here's one good thing, though. Franz runs into the ex he's been pining for through umpty-nine different countries and what seem like two or three hundred sleep inducing pages of unrequited love drivel. And ta daa ... the love flame finally sputters out. He sees her in an airport, screws up his courage and goes over and hugs her only to discover to his utter disgust, that she's had a boob job. Whew, that certainly did it, and good riddance. The little tart! After reading this book, I wanted to send Annie a congratulations card.
About the little matter of his writing skill ... good travel writing is a tricky business and a travel memoire can be dangerously lackluster in the wrong hands. This one is about as stirring as an Apple Vacations tour brochure. So why did I waste my time on it? I would have given up after the first eight excruciatingly irritating chapters, but it is this month's selection for my book group. One good thing - now I'm even more determined to stick to my fifty page rule.
Don't fall for it--it's a very clever marketing device. Anyone who thinks this belongs with Walden or Catch-22 is a moron.