Reserve Review – The Return of the Dittos by Dale Andrew White

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walt74 Edward De Bono the author as soon as said that humor is by far the most substantial activity of the human brain. If this holds true, then “Return of the Dittos” proves conclusively that the fertile brain of its author, Dale Andrew White, continues to work overtime, much to the benefit of his readers.

“Return of the Dittos” is an abundant confection of satire and humor, all boxed in twenty short stories and tied with a ribbon. There is no central theme to the stories which adds an aspect of surprise and expectancy to each one. Searching through the stories the reader will be captivated by the account of a bag child revolt in a rundown grocery shop; a cat battle to end all feline fights over the presidency of a chic female’s club; the boring and mind numbing revelations of an aging, semi-retired rock star; as well as a little revisionist history concerning exactly what really took place when Christopher Columbus approached Queen Isabella about exploring the brand-new world. My favorite of the lot is the story of B Motley, an up and coming young lawyer, who attempts desperately and unsuccessfully to conceal from the staid, old law practice he works for the truth that he comes from a family of circus clowns.

Among the things that makes the stories in “Return of the Dittos” so smart and funny, is White’s nimble usage of names to recognize places and people. Several stories take place in Swampwater, which is the county seat of Mosquito County, FL for example; and while checking out the book, the reader meets such characters as Mr. Knuckell, a heavy handed and authoritative high school principal; and Emily Hattcheck, a shy and unassuming member of the aforementioned woman’s club. However amongst the divers cast of character depicted in the book my favorite is Parker Pry, a nose fetishist who catches the appeals of a nasally challenged married girl appropriately called Wendy Schnott.

I have to confess that after reading White’s stories several times, I still have difficulty describing his composing style. A few of his stories encounter as being composed in the timeless style of humorists like Mark Twain or the British satirist Saki; while others remind me of the sort of funny depicted in the slapstick films of Charlie Chaplin or Laurel and Hardy. Still other stories come across with raw, in your face humor worthwhile of Funny Central. All I understand is that David Andrew White is a creative and talented author and “Return of the Dittos” is a truly amusing book. It’s the sort of book you want to have with you when you have a long time to kill and prepare to make fun of yourself and laugh at the world.

Return of the Dittos is published by Booksurge Publishing and can be acquired online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other major online booksellers.

Reviewd by Ron Standerfer for ReaderViews (June 2009)

Ron Standerfer is a freelance author and professional photographer who is a regular factor to Ezine Articles along with many other online news sites. His newest novel, The Eagle’s Last Flight chronicles the life of an Air Force fighter pilot during the Cold War and Vietnam years. Details of his book can be discovered at http://www.ronstanderfer.com

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