If the Marx Brothers ever wrote a novel, I bet you anything it would be like Scott Navicky’s spectacular debut novel, Humboldt, Or The Power of Positive Thinking.
Coming in at over four hundred pages and moving along at breakneck pace, every chapter reads like an episode in a great screwball comedy from the days of yore. One-half Forrest Gump and one-half Zeppo Marx, the titular hero is unlike any you’ve read before or are likely to read again, and that’s fantastic.
If you’re looking for something pontifical, you’d better not read Humboldt. Navicky’s novel does not take itself seriously and that's refreshing. Upon close reading of the author’s prose, a reader cannot help but be reminded of young F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories. Navicky writes with extraordinary color, and each character in the eclectic ensemble cast seems to jump out at you, and at the center of it all is Humboldt, a unique and offbeat protagonist, and one you can’t help but root for.
The CCLaP did a great justice to the publishing industry by taking on this book. Too often in the literary world, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the maudlin that we can forget the fun books that deserve a place as well. Humboldt is truly a treat to read and a unique experience you won’t ever forget.
Or, The Power of Positive Thinking
Out February 17th, 2014
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