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The House is Full of Yogis (edition 2015)

by Will Hodgkinson

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A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents.
Title:The House is Full of Yogis
Authors:Will Hodgkinson
Info:The Borough Press (2015), Paperback, 336 pages
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This is a great read! ( )
  elizapoppy | Oct 10, 2020 |
Perhaps it was funny only to the author. Will Hodgkinson, son of a two well to do parents (science writer and tabloid reporter), lived a fairly privileged life--going to private school, visiting Greece for holiday once a year, and the like. But his dad, Nev, came down with a severe case of food poisoning and joined the Brahma Kumaris , where he makes vegetarian food, destroys the relatively well life the family has.
This was advertised as a hilarious book and I put it on my list because of an NPR interview that made it sound hilarious. But it really isn't. Having just recently read 'Gone Clear' (which is about Scientology), I couldn't help be somewhat disturbed at some of the behaviors and patterns the author's father displayed, including giving away large amounts of money to the BKs (as Hodgkinson often calls them), deciding to sell the family's house, etc.
Hodgkinson's mother at the end finally puts her foot down and divorces Nev because he attempted to create a will where if she died after he did, proceeds from the house sale would go to the BKs. And she points out various aspects that made her think it was a cult: not being allowed to have sex with anyone (whereas in others you can have sex with as many people as you want!) that the BKs were more important to him than his own family (Nev cuts both Will and Will's brother Tom out of the will and leaves his estate to the BKs).
I could not understand how this was supposed to be funny, although the author and his brother don't seem to be much badly off for it. I didn't get why mom (mum since they're British :] ) Liz put up with this or how could Nev not understand he put the BKs ahead of his own children.
It wasn't an enjoyable book at all. There are some parts that are mildly amusing but I agree with a few other reviews: the author isn't great at comedic writing and many parts of the story came out to be rather sad than anything else. Skip it. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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