By Ben Sherwood
This can be a tale of the best love, ever. An outlandish declare, outrageous maybe, yet belief me--
And so commence the enthralling, unforgettable story of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the documents for The ebook of documents, a normal guy trying to find the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest non-stop kiss, 30 hours and forty five minutes. He has confirmed the lengthiest unmarried unbroken apple peel, 172 toes and four inches. He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle 177 ft nine inches. He has tasted the world's biggest menu merchandise, whole-roasted Bedouin camel.
But in all his event from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. hasn't ever witnessed nice love till he comes upon a tiny windswept city within the heartland of the US, the place parents nonetheless discuss relatives, religion, and crops. Here, the place he final expects it, J.J. discovers an international list try out like no different: Piece through piece, a farmer is consuming a Boeing 747 to turn out his love for a woman.
In this massive panorama of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck via love from an analogous girl, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blond hair. It is a sense past degree, throwing J.J.'s rigorously ordered global the wrong way up, proving that hears, like global documents, may be damaged, and the best wonders in existence cannot be qualified.
Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, The guy Who Ate the 747 is a flight of fancy from begin to finish. It stretches mind's eye, bends physics and biology, yet think it a little bit and you'll end up attaining to your personal documents, the type that truly count. Written with tenderness, originality, and perception, packed with outdated heat and newfangled humor, it really is a unprecedented novel, a came upon treasure that marks the emergence of an incredible storytelling tale.
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Have you seen The World’s Most Amazing Videos? Last night, a man on an American aircraft carrier was sucked into the engine of an A-6 fighter jet. He vanished right into the turbine but managed to survive. J. “That’s our competition. Big stunts. Crowd pleasers. When animals attack. When inmates escape. When Girl Scouts go bad. ” Contempt gurgled in Peasley’s windpipe. He failed to suppress a sneer. “You think you know everything. Well, here’s a little surprise for your database. The home office wants to bring me back.
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