The Man Who Ate the 747

The Man Who Ate the 747

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This is a story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me-- And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, 172 feet and 4 inches. He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle 177 feet 9 inches. He has tasted the world's largest menu item, whole-roasted Bedouin camel. But in all his adventure from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny windswept town in the heartland of America, where folks still talk about family, faith, and crops. Here, where he last expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman. In this vast landscape of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck by love from the same woman, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blond hair. It is a feeling beyond measure, throwing J.J.'s carefully ordered world upside down, proving that hears, like world records, can be broken, and the greatest wonders in life can not be qualified. Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting,The Man Who Ate the 747is a flight of fancy from start to finish. It stretches imagination, bends physics and biology, but believe it just a little and you may find yourself reaching for your own records, the kind that really count. Written with tenderness, originality, and insight, filled with old-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel, a found treasure that marks the emergence of a major storytelling tale.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, c2000
ISBN: 9780553801828
Branch Call Number: FIC/Sherw 359401 1
Characteristics: 260 p


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DBRL_KrisA Jul 30, 2017

I started this, then set it aside for another book that was due at the library. I'm glad I came back to it.
The beginning few chapters are kind of slow going; I didn't really care so much about J.J. and Willa, the main characters, as much as I liked the supporting cast - Wally, and Rose, and Dale the science teacher, even Otto Hornbussel, retired circus clown and town drunk.
I could relate to Wally, who had waited for hours for his classmates to show up to his 10th birthday, crying in his momma's lap when it hits him that no one is going come. So when Willa shows up (late - she had to help her dad deliver the papers), of course he's gonna make her this big romantic figure, and spend his life pining for her.
I started relating to J.J. when he talked about being "just another Mr. Smith from Ohio," not understanding why any girl (including/especially Willa) would have any interest in him. And I began rooting for them soon after.
The final chapters of the book are sweet, tender reminders of what love truly is all about. Not a bunch of chemical reactions, meant to attract a suitable mate for the continuation of the species, but that feeling, deep in the pit of your stomach, that this is the person you want to spend every minute of the rest of your life with.

Aug 26, 2015

Aug 2015......picked this one for the "a book with a number in the title" category of the Chinook Arch summer reading challenge. After reading it, I needed to stick it in the "love story" category. One of the nicest love stories I have every read. (Love stories are not my usual choice for reading material, movies yes, but not books!) Left me with a happy heart!

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