Solo is not merely another garden variety “how to” book. Stylish, literate, and extremely entertaining, it also is a prudential and extremely practical guide. Although some modern readers may find some of the sentences in the book exceedingly long and therefore somewhat difficult to follow, the author assures us that this was done purposely, using precise internal puncuation, as an example of the classical style and ability of earlier writers. Although admittedly written mainly for the “literate bachelor male,” the book contains a plethora of useful advice for virtually everyone living in today’s complex, frenetic, and often perilous world.
Readers will be amused and fascinated as they read through chapters with such evocative titles as “The Manly Art of Home Economics,” and “Up the Drawbridge; Crocodiles in the Moat”; and “Traveling to Byzantium” will make you want get on the next boat leaving--for anywhere.
The author of the Antipodes short story collections, as well as his novels The Dartist and Travels With My Ass, to name but a few of his books (written under a different pen name), readers who enjoy Solo undoubtedly also would want to read Atticus Grammaticus’s The Latter Day Gentleman and Other Essays.