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by Ben Elton




The international bestseller that inspired the movie Maybe Baby.Birds do it. Bees do it. Why can't Sam and Lucy?When Lucy first suggested they make a baby, Sam was gung ho --after all, sleeping with his wife is one of Sam's favorite things to do. Then out came the thermometers, followed by the holistic home remedies -- not to mention some humiliating bouts with specimen jars. Soon Lucy's demands are driving Sam out of his mind. That is, until Sam conceives a plan of his own: He'll write a screenplay based on his and Lucy's poignant (and often uproarious) efforts to conceive a child. It could be a big hit. It might even make Sam's career. Or cost him his marriage . . .From the award-winning author of Popcorn and Blast from the Past comes this hilarious and heartbreaking new novel --a provocative two-sided look at one couple's inconceivable dilemma. From sperm that swim backward to aromatherapy run amok, procreation for Lucy and Sam has turned into a grisly little war. But if Lucy feels barren as the Sahara, and Sam thinks his gay friends will be fathers before he is, they're about to have yet another problem on their hands: saving the love that once was everything they had. . . .
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ISBN: 0385334656
ISBN13: 978-0385334655
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Humor & Satire
Author: Ben Elton
Language: English
Publisher: Delta (November 28, 2000)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1335 kb
FB2 size: 1730 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 670
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Madi
actually...this book has been out for a while, so i'm sure i am late on reading this.
I read STARK by Ben Elton and realized that he really is a very good, funny writer. so i bought this book after reading some stuff online.. and apparently there is a movie that is based on the book ...or loosely based...or don't know, nor do i care much.

Buy this book if you enjoy reading, having a laugh any trying to get pregnant with no results.
Wymefw
Great book. I liked Popcorn, but I loved Inconceivable. The book works as we gain insight into the minds of a married copuple through their hysterical thoughts on a subject as potentially powerful as having a baby together. What a comedy setup. And Elton's writing is terrific. Funny almost always, but here and there some sad and serious parts (but not too many!).
Goltikree
This was a read my boyfriend made me do. And boy did I enjoy it. Elton in this book is funny witty and that's refreshing because the subject matter is a little depressing. He handles it with care and dignity.
Loni
Being infertile can be hell ! However, a sense of humour can help you cope better, and this book provides that. Even more importantly, it will help you communicate better with your spouse, because you'll be able to understand each other's perspective much better !
Cesar
I really enjoyed the book but I enjoyed the movie even more. It is very well written, laugh out loud funny in parts. A good fun read.
Arador
Ben Elton puts a humorous spin on a couple trying to have a baby who are having troubles. I don't find myself having much time to read, but I know when I read this I made time and read it very quickly.
Ceck
Incredibly funny and uncanny reflection of our own IVF journey. Smart and almost impossible to put down, laughed out load a couple of times
I sometimes feel like Elton is more of a worker than an artist, although that’s probably a false dichotomy. Maybe novelists generally are more about discipline and craft than, I don’t know, magic and inspiration, but some manage to disguise it better. Perhaps something to do with the difference between being utterly absorbed by a piece, as opposed to appreciating it but still being very conscious that you are watching a play/band/construction. Occasionally I lost my self-consciousness with Inconceivable, but more often I was very aware of observational stand-up material or classic sit-com farce (e.g. the PM broadcast, the fertility rite) being incorporated into plotlines, or of the overt narrative technique of alternating voices. I’m not saying this ruins the book, but I think it’s a weakness. Occasionally I feel I’m back at the desk of the author, diligently writing up their notes – rather than on the plane or in the conversation with the actual characters. An exception to this is the short story – I think writing up an exercise or simply actualising a cool idea can be enough in that framework. However at some point in a novel a cool structural idea can move from refreshing to restrictive. I think it’s more effective, for example, that Lodge stopped being quite so tied to a formula after The British Museum is Falling Down, and might just dip into an alternative voice or text type just for a chapter or two rather than feeling he has to stick with it all the way. I am still a bit amazed that Iain M. Banks got away with his phonetic cockney voice for an entire book, but even he can sometimes let loyalty to a good idea impede the pleasure of the reader.

There are plenty of moments in the book: Elton has some writing chops, and the comic and dramatic potential of two perspectives on the same incidents is often well realised. It was ambitious for him to write half the book within this overtly personal and reflective structure from the female perspective, and he acknowledges this difficulty as a major plot point. I wonder if he had a lot of proofing/editing advice from women in the process – although Lucy’s voice – despite brutally giving her different obsessions and trappings (including un-PC vanity and coquettishness) – still often reads to me too much like Sam’s.

I sort of think of the book in three parts, where I enjoyed the start and the end more than the (larger) middle. Initially I thought it might be enjoyable to read and discuss the perspectives together with my wife, although the charm somehow faded as the chapters moved on. The middle bit relied more on set comic pieces and will she/won’t she soap opera. The surprisingly dramatic finale was more engaging (reminded me of the plot of Lively’s Passing On).