Between the Bridge and the River

Between the Bridge and the River Bawdy joyous messy hysterically funny and guaranteed to offend regardless of religion race national origin sexual orientation or profession Between the Bridge and the River is the debut novel

  • Title: Between the Bridge and the River
  • Author: Craig Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9780811858199
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offend regardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or profession Between the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS s The Late Late Show Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all mannerBawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offend regardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or profession Between the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS s The Late Late Show Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, surprisingly enough, meaningful An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually delivers and rewards.

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    1. Between the River and the Bridge by Craig FergusonAm I glad I read this book? Yes.Am I disappointed that I used up my time reading this book when I could have been reading something else? No.Will I ever read this book again? No.Will I recommend this book to anyone else? No.Did I enjoy this book? Yes.Did I love this book? No.I can't quite put my finger on what is wrong with this book. It has the potential to be a great book. Craig Ferguson is a very funny man and his book contains some very funny [...]

    2. Absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite work of fiction. Sprawling, hilarious, touching, insightful, profane, and overall meaningful. Interesting how several different storylines end up being brought together into a cohesive whole. Clearly influenced by author's experiences with controlled substances. I believe this is a love it or hate it kind of book, and, full disclosure, I am a big fan of the author's TV show and standup comedy.

    3. Easily one of my favourite books. I'm an avid fan of Mr. Ferguson, and I was quite impressed with his first novel. It's a wildly fun romp that doesn't forget its place as a moral messenger to the masses. Mr. Ferguson's literary debut cements him in place as the smartest man on television- one of those rare people who can balance comedy and a raw sense of reality in a way that really hits home. I can't wait for his next endeavour!Is there anything this man can't do?

    4. this is my favorite book. really. THE favorite. the best way i know how to describe it is that it has the character variety, old-timey sweetness and journey-theme of "o, brother where art thou?" and the raw and sometimes-grotesquely humorous parable quality of "pulp fiction." yes, it's rated R for sex, violence and a lot of language but it's also well-written, endearing and deeply poignant to all walks of life. LOVE.Update: "rereading" via audible. listening to craig makes it all the better :)

    5. Oddball Scotsman Craig Ferguson is already up there with Letterman and O'Brien as a late-night talk show host, but he's an even better author than TV personality.This is brilliant. The writing is terrific, fun, insightful, and hilarious. The story and the characters are pretty fantastic too. There are a lot of meaningful points Ferguson makes, but the whole thing's pretty zany. In rare moments, the story is nicely realistic, but it tends to blend the wildly unlikely with the entertainingly impos [...]

    6. Between the Bridge and the River is a brilliant exploration of the collective unconsciousness! Craig Ferguson is not only an entertaining talk show host, musician and non-fiction writer: he could easily have a huge career as a full-time novelist! I loved the imagination behind this one, with cameos by the poet Virgil, the horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft, psychologist Carl Jung and others. An intellectual's picnic! I would have deducted half a point for a few nit-picky things here and there, but I [...]

    7. Admittedly, I didn't have high expectations for this book. It's written by a late night talk show host, for crying out loud! But shockingly enough, I loved it. Now, having said that (and given it four stars), let me say that doesn't necessarily mean I recommend this book for everybody. There's definite language and sexual situations involved that will prevent 90% of everyday readers from enjoying it. If, however, you can look past that, it really is a great read. Ferguson does a fabulous job of [...]

    8. Between the Bridge and the River is one of those books that ten years from now I will remember with a slight smile, contemplating the profundity of life's little moments. I've always thought Ferguson was a great comedian, but he is an even better author. The way that the lives in this book intertwine with others is beautiful. This book with confuse you, it will make you laugh, it will make you laugh, and probably cringe a bit as well. It is an amazing book, one that I happened to pick up by chan [...]

    9. The official blurb (click on the title above) is pretty accurate. Ferguson is amazingly multi-talented: musician, actor, writer, standup comedian, talk-show host. He's written and acted in three movies, including Saving Grace and I'll Be There. He's presented his own series on Scottish archaeology, titled Dirt Detective. This novel reminds me a lot of those by Carl Hiaasen. It is astonishingly crass and vulgar in spots, wittily cynical, sometimes deep, sometimes shallow, sometimes apparently ran [...]

    10. I'm not entirely sure how to encapsulate this book. It's an interesting mix of not-entirely-linear narrative, casual asides, the occasional whiff of 12-step thinking, and a message that's hard to argue with: help others. The most barbed satire of the book is directed at the entertainment industry, which makes sense given that Ferguson was on the Drew Carey show and now has his own evening interview show. Yet in some regards it's less entertaining because there's genuine anger behind it, as oppos [...]

    11. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I never read books like this. At first I didn't think I would be able to get into it. So after about 30 pages I set it down, misplaced it, then found it again and started reading. I fell in love with it. I hope this book bounces around my circle of friends like a beachball at a Nickelback concert I thought it very insightful and "my heart broke with every breath" during some parts. As much as I love watching him every night before bed I think he is wasting his time on tv, he s [...]

    12. If you like Craig Ferguson (host of the Late Late Show), you'll like this book. He is a smart guy with a quirky sense of language and timing. The book didn't blow me away, but it was an entertaining read, and provided some interesting commentary on Hollywood and TV evangelism.

    13. I really enjoyed this book and was sorry for it to end. I'll miss the characters. It was a little hard to get going since there are multiple story lines going at once. But once I got into it, I couldn't put it down because I was so anxious to find out what would happen. I was a little surprised at the depth to Mr. Ferguson. Somewhat unexpected. However, since I have become a fan, I have made a point of reading much about him and watching various films and such and have discovered that I like him [...]

    14. Strange story, highly enjoyable book, I couldn't put it down until I finished. Ferguson's writing reminds me something of Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide books and Kurt Vonnegut. The story has a spiritual theme that is amusing and nice, not too heavy. A lot allegory in the story in the form of dreams, and one is not forced to the conclusion that the dreams are visions or just dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone, as long as they would not be offended by the portions of the books that [...]

    15. I have to confess that I did not finish this book. A third of the way in, I realized I sort of hated all the characters and didn't care what happened to them. And it turns out that if you mention bl*w j*bs on every other page, eventually even bl*w j*bs begin to lose their charm. Who knew, right?It was entertaining in parts, but life is too short to read a book you don't love.

    16. Comedy is probably the hardest genre to pull off, both in fiction and film -- every one's funny bone is set at a slightly different angle, and it's hard to pull off something that's consistently smart and funny. As a result, I'm always feeling slightly starved for comic fiction, and so I picked this up to try and fill the void. Ferguson has always struck me as smarter and funnier than most of his late night talkshow brethren, so I figured it was worth a shot.And indeed, the one-liners come fast [...]

    17. I have to admit. I was hesitant. I found this on one of the circle twirly tables in the library that sucks you in with its passive aggressive suggestions. It was shiny. It had a neat cover. It was new, no binding creases or sticky residue. Okay.Craig Ferguson? Isn’t he that pervy boss from that Drew Carey show from the 90s? He has a talk show now right? I’m old and haven’t watched late night since Letterman was funny. Ever more hesitant. Okay, now this is downright just… is he making fun [...]

    18. A hilarious religious novel. At first I thought it was a collection of short stories because the first three chapters didn't seem to have anything to do with each other, but it turned out that the threads connected along the way. Fraser and George grew up together. Fraser becomes a Televangelist in Scotland. George becomes a Good Guy who gets cancer and realizes that's really pretty much all he is. The other main thread follows Saul and Leon, brothers who grew up in an orphanage, run away and en [...]

    19. Sometimes I start composing my reviews in my head as I'm reading. In this case, I started off thinking that Ferguson's experience as a drummer and a comic are evident in his writing. The first chapter is delightfully rhythmic; it almost begs to be read aloud. His characterizations of young George and Fraser are brisk, efficient and spot-on. There was definite 5-star potential here.After a couple of chapters, though, I realized that this was reminding me more and more of A Confederacy of Dunces. [...]

    20. Picked this up recently at a library sale. Craig Ferguson's book is not immediately what you would expect from the late night talk show host. I have not watched his TV show extensively, but enough to think him a funny man. This book has funny moments, but is not laugh out-loud funny. It has humorous characters and settings, but in the end talks about death and faith with more seriousness than I expected (even after reading the breathless comments on the back). Overall a pleasant and quick read, [...]

    21. I listened to this book, and unfortunately, Craig Ferguson's quick paced and lyrical reading of it is probably all that got me through. I love weird (I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, and Neil Gaiman), and I don't mind non-linear, or even segues, but this book was just too much of everything. It meandered through all of it's story lines, and in the end I suppose you feel where they were all leading to, but the end doesn't really justify the means. And many of the s [...]

    22. Humorous take on religion, tv evangelists, some pop-psych thrown in, and a whole lot of interconnected misfits. Everything comes to a head towards the end of the novel. And then, well. we just sit in the grass at the side of the road and wait, I guess.This was my 'breather book', a light, interesting read before I jumped headfirst into another long, heavy novel. Definitely the break I was looking for. For those who may not know Craig Ferguson is the funny scottish actor/late nite host, and I cou [...]

    23. This book was a bit of a surprise. Ferguson has a lot of characters, each involved in their own story, none of which are apparently related to one another. Then at the end, he ties it all neatly together. I totally admire an author who can do that. This was a delightful surprise to discover about my celebrity crush, Craig Ferguson. (I wish he was signed on to so I could "friend" him. LOL)

    24. This book was so disjointed and A.D.D. that I'm amazed I finished it. To say I disliked this book is an understatement. The best part was the period at the end of the last sentence. It may actually be the worst book I've ever read. Normally I'd feel terrible about a review like this but I just can't this time. It sounded like a promising story - It just wasn't.

    25. Definately one of the worst books of all time! It was pointless. It was hard to keep interest anyway when it's bouncing around from one person to the next, But when you get to the end and it just ends with no purpose or substance to this insane no plot story it just sucks! I wish I would have never wasted my time on this book.

    26. I stopped reading this book. The foul language was excessive, I guess I should have expected that from Craig Ferguson. I can normally get pass the language in books, but this was too much. The story line was interesting and I'm sorry to have to put it away. Why isn't there a Clean Flicks type of thing for books?

    27. I don't hate a lot of books but I really hated this book. I was so looking forward to it because I love Craig Ferguson's stand up but I'm not such a fan of his fiction. I optimistically waited to laugh throughout the whole book and just never did. I found his characters pathetic, empty and meritless. The book just made me sad.

    28. I went into this book with fairly low expectations. A good friend, whose opinion I trust, gave it a pretty poor review. Others noted the book's religiosity, AA tropes, and Jungisms: all things for which I generally have little patience. I'm pleased to say, that Ferguson's warm-hearted, humorous tale was fantastic. Its all-too-human characters are even more lovable for their flaws.

    29. I really did NOT like this book. I read it only because I have to finish something once I start it. It made no sense while I read it, and once finished, still made no sense. I usually finish a book in a day or two, but this took much longer. Really disappointed.

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