“Divoon Daddy” by Robin Anderson— “F*** ’em if They Can’t Take a Joke”

Anderson, Robin. “Divoon Daddy”, Silver Publishing, 2012.

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Amos Lassen

Those of you who regularly read my reviews know that I am a huge fan of Robin Anderson. He is innovative, imaginative and has a huge sense of humor but before I read this book, I had not seen how totally beserk he could get.. He is also one of the most prolific authors writing today and while I love this book, I am really waiting for the next one but I cannot yet say why.

Madeleine (Maddy) Marie Jensen is very proud of her “divoon daddy”. She and her fiancé Harry begin quite an adventure because of “DD” and are soon joined by their love child, Tallulah and her boyfriend, Toby. They go from London to Paris to South Africa to the Caribbean and this is one of the most riotous journeys you will ever read about. They are joined by an unbelievably believable cast of characters which includes Maddy’s mother and her friend Delores Mayo, her sometimes lover, Georgio, Timothy Sanders-Snype, a ruthless and feminine interior decorator, the devious Tembo, Michael Cole, a double dealer and of course, Divoon Daddy, himself.

Anderson is known for creating wild characters and he outdoes himself here. These are bigger than life and totally ridiculous yet endearing at the same time and when they all come together, mayhem ensues. While the action is, shall we say, somewhat “obscene”, Anderson writes with total class, style and grace and what may at first seem “blue” actually becomes farcical and in good fun. I am sure that Anderson is laughing with us as we read. The dialogue is not for the faint-of-heart but then none of this is meant to be taken seriously anyway and I tell you that this is a remedy that is sure to pull anyone out of a foul mood or mild depression. I was left wondering how I would react if I suddenly found myself in company such as this and if that ever happens; I will just remember what I read here. Was it Bette Midler or Sophie Tucker who said, “F*** ‘em if they can’t take a joke”?