[simpleazon-link asin=”0312342519″ locale=”us”]Sideways: A Novel[/simpleazon-link]
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Although I enjoyed the scenery and the wine-tastings, I didn’t care for the self-absorbed Miles and the amoral Jack. There was too much foul language and too many rampant sexcapades for my taste. If you like buddy movies with a lot of drinking and debauchery, you may enjoy this book. I grudgingly gave it three stars because some of the stupidity that happened was laugh-out-loud funny. Overall though, there really isn’t much to recommend this book. No one in our book club particularly liked it. I think it was chosen primarily as an excuse to go on a wine-tasting adventure.
“I was entering a new pastoral realm of wine and tranquility, where insomnia and Xanax were a thing of the past” (p. 51).
“There’s something about a beautiful woman holding up a bottle of wine that damages my soul” (p. 102).
“I couldn’t decide if we’d just been drinking too much and had momentarily lost our grip on reality, or if there actually was a justifiable foundation to his madness” (p. 261).