A raucous, wild ride, and often times laugh out loud funny. It is the story of world renowned crooner Tony Pagoda as he reflects on his life, relationships and his take on the world at large. A sort of “poor man’s Frank Sinatra” or “Tony Bennett”, he regales the reader with stories of his sexual conquests, his nights cooked out his mind on cocaine, his experience with prostitutes. Tony is not a “likable” character at all and he has no qualms about it, and despite it all, you can’t helpbut like the guy. He takes you from the streets of Naples, to New York, to Brazil, and eventually back to Italy, twenty years later, where his homeland is hardly recognizable after a 20 year stint in a backwater of Brazil. He returns to an Italy of Ikea furniture, foreigners and figo -“cool”. An obvious commentary on Berlusconi’s Italy.
The interesting thing here is that Sorrentino is not known as a novelist but a filmmaker. His previous films include “One Man Up”, “Il Divo” and “This Must Be the Place.” “Everybody’s Right” is his debut novel and what a debut it is. Most definitely a new voice in contemporary literature, European or otherwise. If you’re looking for a wild, frantic, crazy, laugh out loud experience, then you must read this. I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough.