Nov 20, 2015

Book Review: Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

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Review by Suze

Homer is a miner who’s married to Elsie. She doesn’t like his profession and wants a more exciting life. She used to have all that with a man called Buddy. He’s the one who sent them an alligator as a wedding present. The alligator’s name is Albert and Elsie’s very fond of him, but Albert can’t stay with them. He needs to be taken back to Orlando as that will be a more suitable place for him to live. Carrying Albert home means going on a road trip. Homer and Elsie are travelling through America by car and they meet all sorts of interesting and unique people.

Homer, Elsie, Albert and the rooster often find themselves in dire situations and they don't always come out unscathed either. The dynamics between Homer and Elsie are constantly shifting as well. It was interesting to watch them interact together. Albert is an alligator who's also attached to people, the right kind mainly. I could totally picture him in his bathtub. I enjoyed reading this book so much because of the originality of the story, it's certainly special and everything about the idea works.

Homer and Elsie make an unusual couple. Homer is happy with his existence, but Elsie is not. They’re both resourceful which is something they need as they find themselves in all kinds of situations on the road. It was so much fun to read about their meetings with famous and not so famous people, the jobs they kept finding by accident and the chaotic messes they had to find a way out of. Of course they always had to take care of Albert and his companion, a rooster. I loved the irony of it all and read this whole book with a smile on my face. For me this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I enjoyed this adventurous story so much that I didn’t want it to end at all. I could have kept on reading and will definitely read it again.


  1. Oh, I'm so glad it sounds just like the sort of book I like to curl up with. I saw it the other week on Goodreads & knew you were reading it so waited for your review before buying it for myself (or with Christmas looming I could drop the occasional hint!). Have you read any of Carl Hiaasen's adult fiction books? I love them, they're really witty and intuitive and a joy to read from cover to cover. Here's his wiki link:

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