Sideways 3 Chile follows the further adventures of Miles Raymond (played by Paul Giamatti in the now cult movie Sideways) and, to a lesser extent, his friend Jack. It's now 10 years later, and Miles is a successful author, but he's still searching for something; depression has him, once again, in its taloned grip. Offered a chance to travel to the antipodean country of Chile and visit their wine regions for a magazine assignment, Miles, his world turned upside down by bad financial investments and even worse luck with relationships, happily agrees. A somewhat cynical Miles finds Chile, its people, and its spectacular and vastly diverse wine regions to be a life-transforming journey.
The Sideways trilogy is now complete.
©2014 Rex Pickett (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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I really couldn't warm to this story- which was essentially about an annoying middle aged bachelor in Chile who drinks wine and is searching for something more in life. I found the character whinging and irritating and the plot limited.
"The deepest of the trilogy."
As someone who is a writer of sorts, I really felt connected to Miles while reading this book (I have both the Kindle and Audible versions). Yes I'm older, I'm female, don't take psychotropic medications, and I have nothing published, but for some reason I could really connect with a lot of what he was struggling with. This is an entertaining book, and while I felt that the narrator might have been just a little too emotional in some parts, I felt that he really gave the full expression of the character's emotions. Yes I really liked the book.
Of the books in the trilogy, this is the one I would most like to see made into a movie. I think it would be phenomenal.
By the way, Pickett's use of the language almost requires that you use your eyeballs. The Audible version is nice, but halfway through the introduction, I knew I would need to be reading it, too.
"The Road to Introspection."
Great peak into Chile culture, regions, and wine. But Miles, soliloquies of introspection were too much if not pathetic. In one audible conversation Miles has with Jack, Jack gets so tired of Miles' laments he asks if the can talk about golf. These asides aside it is a very interesting story. And of course I now want to go out and buy Chilean wine.
"A Bittersweet Conclusion"
Rex Pickett has given us another great book, further developing the arc of our beloved, angsty protagonist.
While I never felt that I didn't know where the story was going, it was always in a logical direction, and leading up to a satisfying conclusion, where Miles arrives as mature and as grounded as he's ever been.
Along the way, I couldn't wait for Laura to go, and for Jack to arrive. Much to my dismay, he made his exit all too quickly. I would have enjoyed one last great buddy sequence, along the lines of "Boar Hunting" in Sideways, or "Priapism" in Vertical.
Rex Pickett, if you're listening, I'd love to see another book, written from Jack's perspective. Maybe titled Lateral. Don't make me turn to the world Fan Fic. ;)
These books and characters, have meant a lot to me; making me laugh when I needed to, and enabling me poke fun at my own middle age tribulations.
I never counted on a sequel, to hapoen, nor a third book. Sideways 3 concludes in a scene which leaves just enough to the imagination, especially for those of us who will have a harder time saying goodbye, giving us hope, be it for the characters alone, or for on-going adventures.
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