The eager, chatty debut of Craig Ferguson (eager, chatty host of CBS’ Late Late Show) is a diverting-enough pseudo-philosophical spazz-out. Between the Bridge and the River traces four far-flung characters — dying Glaswegian George, his old friend Fraser (now a sex-addicted televangelist), monstrous Hollywood mogul Saul, and Saul’s irresistible half-brother Leon, secret spawn of Frank Sinatra — on randy, multitrajectoried quests for enlightenment. The quartet treads toward a cosmically intertwined awakening via the dark paths of the collective unconscious (Jung shows up — in drag!), but Ferguson’s story is half-conscious and digressive, like some bright but blotto cocktail-party raconteur. This ripping trip to nowhere heads vaguely west (”as is traditional for Scotsmen in search of a solution”) and terminates in too-easy Hollywood potshots (e.g., a celebrity swindle-cult called Brainyism) that the nimble-penned but underdisciplined Ferguson has no doubt been storing in the bottom drawer of his Late Late desk.
Between the Bridge and the River The eager, chatty debut of Craig Ferguson (eager, chatty host of CBS' Late Late Show) is a diverting-enough pseudo-philosophical spazz-out. ...Between the Bridge and the RiverFictionCraig Ferguson The eager, chatty debut of Craig Ferguson (eager, chatty host of CBS' Late Late Show) is a diverting-enough pseudo-philosophical spazz-out. ...2006-03-29
Genre: Fiction; Author: Craig Ferguson
Posted January 17 2015 — 7:41 AM EST
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