I got The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood from a sale rack at the bookstore. I remember that the title caught my attention right away because it pretty much says it all. A man– trying to eat– a 747 airplane. Fact or fiction, I knew that I wasn’t leaving the store without the book.
The Man Who Ate the 747 is a story about J.J. Smith, a validator working for The Book of Records who finds himself in the podunk town of Superior, Nebraska to check out a man named Wally Chubbs, who is trying to eat an entire airplane by grinding its parts using a unique machine and chowing down on segments of the plane to woo one Willa Wyatt, whom the has loved since he was young. Anyway, when J.J. meets the woman in question, he finds himself drawn to her as well and the story pretty much revolves around how the no nonsense city slicker falls in love with the town, its people and the woman Wally wants to make the mother of his children.
In 272 pages, Sherwood manages to explain to the readers the contrast between JJ’s life in the city to his life in Superior, his inner conflict, and his eventual change of heart,using simple storytelling techniques and a very strong cast of relateable characters that readers will surely adore. The book perfectly captures the essence of the community spirit in small towns and how people pitch in for one another. It also emphasizes the importance of love and a giving spirit in the time of a person’s need.
All I can say about the book is that it is very heartwarming. While I love reading romantic fiction written by women, I also like to read books written by men. I don’t know, but there’s just a difference in the style that is both intriguing and refreshing and they have different appeals that go for each one.The story in itself is very cool, farfetched but inspired… In real life, some guys forget anniversaries and court by way of texting, but it takes something really special to think up of such an act to prove one’s love.
But TMTA747 is more than a love story, it is also a story of faith in people and working together to achieve a common goal, and the endless possibilities that await those who take the chance. Am I sounding cheesy? 🙂 Well, Sherwood’s book is not cheesy but he manages to bring out all of these positive feelings by telling his unique story. And really, don’t we deserve a of inspiration once in a while?