How far would you go for someone you loved? We've all heard people state that they'd lie or die for a loved one, but would you eat a Boeing 747 jet plane?
Such is the case for Wally Chubb, a man on a mission to garner the attention of Willa Wyatt, the town's newspaper editor. Wally has been in love with her ever since she was the only schoolmate to attend his tenth birthday party--and now that he wants her attention, wants her to see just exactly how far he'd go to gain her approval and admiration, a jumbo jet has fallen from the sky like manna from Heaven.
When J.J. Smith gets an anonymous letter summoning him to Superior , Nebraska , to meet a man attempting to eat a 747, he's not sure what to do. For The Keeper of the Records--the man in charge of verifying all records for The Book of Records (similar to The Guinness Book of World Records)--the thought that someone would attempt to eat an airplane is intriguing. It's been awhile since he's found a great record, and his boss is starting to intimate that after fourteen years, J.J. is burnt out.
But John Smith, a small-town boy who got out as soon as he could, measures his life by the records that he verifies. He's seen greatness a thousand times over, and in turn felt justified in living a life of little emotion, of little love. Until he pulls into Superior , Nebraska , and witnesses "the greatest love, ever."
THE MAN WHO ATE THE 747 is a testament not just to how far a person will go for someone they love, but how a town reacts to momentary greatness, how it recovers from loss, and how you can find love in the strangest places.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you did, too, I would recommend Ben Sherwood's second release, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD.
This was one of those books you could read in a night. I will never forget this book as it has really captivated my attention. It is a book that stands out on it's own, a story unlike any kind I've ever heard and the title makes it all more exhilarating. This book was one of my favorite books I've ever written because it was witty, clever, intelligent and still encompassed a love story all in one. I also loved how Sherwood was able to embed world records into the piece of fiction and still have it flow smoothly.
I really never thought I'd like such a book, but it's one of those books that everyone should read.
This is the story of the greatest love, ever... And so begins the enchanting tale of J.J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. Traveling the world, J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, the farthest flight of a champagne cork. But he has never witnessed great love -- until he comes upon a tiny town in the heartland of America. Here J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other. Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman. But Willa Wyatt is no ordinary woman, and J.J. is astounded to be struck by love for her too, throwing his carefully ordered world upside down and proving that hearts, like world record, can be broken and that the greatest wonders in life can never be measured.