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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
God, Grace and Dumb Luck by Phloyd Knucklez is one of the strangest books I have ever read. It is also one of the best. It's intriguing, puzzling, and although some people may not be able to get past the first chapter, others like me won't be able to put down God, Grace and Dumb Luck.
Now here's the strange part: how was I not able to put down a book that isn't fiction, doesn't have a gripping plot, isn't full of tension, doesn't titillate the senses, and sometimes even borders on being downright depressing, yet whose last chapter left me laughing out loud? What's with that? Maybe I'm as strange as Phloyd Knucklez (surely that's a pseudonym). What parent could be so heartless to name their child Phloyd? No wonder he's still lost and confused at 45, presuming God, Grace and Dumb Luck is possibly an experimental kind of memoir.
Memoir or not, God, Grace and Dumb Luck is actually social satire. Phloyd Knucklez, whoever he is, says the things many of us think, would love to say, but don't dare. We still need our family, friends and jobs. Through often powerful poetry, scattered throughout a mixture of slightly rambling reflections or conversations with real or fictional people, and the occasional longer story, Phloyd has us examining so much of the hypocrisy rampant in the occupational, social, political and religious circles of our lives. It is his ability to nail these hypocrisies, but not in an unkind way, that kept me enthralled. This is one very deep, often self-deprecating writer who also happens to be a brilliant thinker...and I love what he thinks and how he writes!
Of course, as I said at the beginning, Phloyd Knucklez' thinking and style of writing isn't for everyone. But if you want to read something very different, and come face to face with some realities you've chosen to ignore for sanity's sake, pick up a copy of God, Grace and Dumb Luck. It's a lot better than its author suggests.