"Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves his plants more than his country. But when his refusal to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game causes a major media incident, he is thrown into a world of pushy patriots, preachers, and press. And it's not going to get any easier when he refuses to apologize."
- Book Summary, Goodreads
This is the first book I have read by Jacob M. Appel. I was really sure what to expect.
I was incredibly bothered by the adjectives used when talking about the characters in this book. Typically when an author doesn't want to use a character's name, they will refer to said character as something that describes them, but they typically use a variety of these descriptive words for the same character so they don't sound redundant. Mr. Appel did not do this. He found one word to describe a specific character and then referred to that character as that word over and over again. If memory serves, I believe one character was referred to as "the Venezuelan" about 5 or 6 times within the same paragraph. Based on the language and references made in this book, the author is incredibly intelligent. Therefore, I'm not certain why he couldn't find more words.
If only that were this book's only flaw...I am afraid this book has more cons than pros.
This book is listed on Goodreads in the humor genre. However, I did not find anything about this book to be humorous. I didn't even chuckle once; not even a small smile really.
Though part of the plot is very relevant in today's USA, I found most of the things transpiring to be utterly ridiculous. I spent a decent amount of time thinking "what am I reading?" The book also seems to slightly lose its original plot about half way through.
I also feel the need to point out that The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up doesn't have a single likable character. Every character within this book is loathsome which made it even more difficult to suffer through.
All of that being said though, it did keep me interested enough that I wanted to know how it all ended. Of course, this was only to find out that the book doesn't have an ending; not really.
Maybe I simply don't have the level of intelligence and political understanding needed to enjoy this book. Maybe there are intellectuals out there who would find this book entertaining and humorous. I don't know. What I do know, though, is this book was not a great match for me.