Wedding Chronicles by Bob N. Boguslavski

Bobby Bo attends weddings—big, small, near, far, formal, casual. No wedding crasher, his global exploits and encounters intertwine world events with a music playlist.


Life’s a wedding for Bobby Bo, who’s traveled to nearly 100, from Tenerife to Singapore and Chile to Iceland. He’s been best man, groomsman, “father” of the bride, and bridesmaid—but always the single guy, whether with a girlfriend, flying solo, breaking up, meeting a new flame, or witnessing an ex take her vows. A colorful cast of diverse personalities from all rungs of the socioeconomic ladder entangles him in a kaleidoscope of comedic conversations and adventures that unveil the wounds and wonders of the places, cultures, and religions he encounters.

Quirky, elegant, and quickly moving dialogue roams from agribusiness to colonialism, war to world trade, yielding insight into the state of world affairs. There’s even the odd sexcapade thrown into the mix. Each wedding features a music playlist that sets the mood and may provide clues as to what’s really going on. Fueled by his and others’ experiences, Bobby Bo humorously offers the occasional wedding “how-to” and receives usually unasked-for advice on marriage and relationships, all the while being pressured to join “the club.” Will it ever end? He seems in no rush to be a groom.

This first novel in a trilogy is a roller-coaster romp through 13 weddings spanning two decades. It’s a genre-defying mashup best described as an edgy Wedding Crashers meets a gritty Up in the Air crossed with a biting, male Eat, Pray, Love on a James Bond backdrop.

  • Classification: Adult
  • Work is: Incomplete; Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted June 22, 2010
  • Last updated Aug. 16, 2014
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  • Pia 's avatar
    Pia wrote 5 years ago

    Bob -

    All Over The Map . . . like a sophisticated rap poem, the words come in a rythm from some steady source of humorous observations. A celebration of endearing characters, I think even nasty ones would come over as endearing. Loved Baba and wanted to know more of her. I guess she appears again, but I had to stop reading, getting addicted.

    Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

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    Famlavan wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Brilliant!!!
    Brilliant story, brilliant humour, brilliant structure and absolutely fantastic characterisation. Very, very good read!

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    Amylovesbooks wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    This is hilarious! There is no choice but to back it!

    Amy
    Love Match

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    mvw888 wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    You have an original voice, hard to turn away because it rolls along like a freight train. Great imagery, wonderful word usage and punchy dialogue. I love the outline of this, Bobby Bo's adventures and impressions as he hops from wedding from wedding. Funny, unique---I'm happy to back this.

    ---Mary
    The Qualities of Wood

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    Melcom wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    This is so damn funny it's untrue, I had tears streaming down my face, bloody good job I chose to go without mascara today!!

    If anyone doesn't think this is a good read, send them to me and I'll sort them out for you!!
    Melxx
    Impeding Justice

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    Poppygb1415 wrote 1 year, 1 month ago
    Chapter One rip-stinking hot - great opening phrase! I like the way you paint the picture of the scene, vividly detailed, we can feel the heat, see that mountain of boxes. park wasteland, where - comma Lulu is a man! features, aside from Lulu's - comma practically a permanent fixture - not sure if you want practically - it lessens the impact of the statement a bit were to be dispatched - think it should be dispatched to everybody was ...
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  • Software's avatar
    Software wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    The multiple themes which drive All Over the Map make this novel a very worthwhile read for anyone keen on humour mixed in with poignant biography, and a travelogue that would challenge Alan Whicker for miles traveled supremacy. Most people can point to low points or disasters in their life, but all pails before the trails and tribulations of poor Booby Bo, who seems to attract life's downsides in spite of all the efforts he puts into making his relationships ...
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    sherit wrote 2 years, 7 months ago
    Hi Bob...I saw your comments when I was messaging my friend, Edentity, so decided to give your book a quick look in the few minutes I had this morning. My bad, actually as I'm far behind on my reads from my watchlist...and I got even further behind last month when I took off to do Nanowrimo. But I am happy to report I'm pleased I veered off the path to read your first three chapters. You have an easy way ...
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    Cathy Hardy [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Wonderfully written and the dialogue is perfect, how clever!! Young, dumb and full of cum! lol. hope you do well. will back you as soon as I can xx

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    Cathy Hardy [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Brilliant read Bob. Beautifully written and so funny. x

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    Tod Schneider wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    What an interesting book! The pitch doesn't do it justice -- most especially in that it fails to relate what I think is your greatest strength, which is your artistry with description and dialog. Highly imaginative use of language, articulate and drily humorous. Critique-wise, the only things that I'd tinker with would be some long stretches of dialog that threaten to become scripts rather than novel excerpts. I'd slip some visuals in there, either in terms of setting or movement, ...
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    Maria44 wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    I thought the prologue was good. The writing is faultless. Lulu is a great character whose outlook on life, negative and opinionated is great. Surprised this has not done better, it makes no sense to me, although I tend to read horror and am in a strange mood tonight. My only criticism from the prologue (and do not take this personally it is no slight on your book but not my genre) was I had no desire to read on. ...
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    Cara Gold wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    {All Over the Map – Global Weddings, Wandering and Pondering} – Bob N. Boguslavski First of all… loved the first line! What a terrific way to begin, crisp image and excellent alliteration ‘still… sauna’ and ‘soaked… sweat’ :) I’ve read the prologue and first chapter and you’ve certainly engaged me and piqued my interest. Great familiar tone, inviting us into the scene. Nice choice of detail too – for instance the way you associated early wedding memories with food… and ...
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    EllieMcG wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Return read (finally!): Ok, so I'm up to wedding #18. It's a fascinating premise to juxtapose weddings with all the social commentary, but I suppose a lot of that (and philosophical musing) goes on at weddings, doesn't it? I think this book is definitely suited to people with socioeconomic, political, and even broader philosophical interests (ok, and maybe a bit of Canuck sensibility), but I actually AM one of those, so this has been great so far. I'm enjoying it. ...
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    Nathan O'Hagan wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Three chapters in, and very impressed. I had a wry smile throughtout reading most of it, and a couple of out-loud chuckles. The prose is very witty and irreverant, and the dialougue is likewise. Characterisation is strong, Lule in particular was great, and your MC is an engaging, funny central protagonist. The only real criticism i have is that some chapters, chapter 2 in particular, are quite long. I'm not surethey can be broken up due to the slightl episodic ...
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  • sandy-1's avatar
    sandy-1 wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    All over the map

    Great book Bob, I'm really pleased I've finally had chance to read it -sorry about that.
    The book is written extremely well, its descriptive and its very visual.
    You must have such a great sense of humour because I found it hilarious.
    You have created such an interesting storyline and some amazing characters to go with it.
    I saw no sign of edits.
    Rated highly.
    Ruby Middleton
    (Will Ryan)

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    Adeel [Retired] wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    An amusing, descriptive and well written book. Your writing style is very impressive, dialogue are realistic with vivid charachters and narrative is at great pace. Highly rated.

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  • Davidmauriceware's avatar
    Davidmauriceware wrote 3 years, 5 months ago

    Very nice and engaging story you have here. It has a nice and smooth flow, very witty with just the right added amount of humor, Highly starred and I will be keeping my eye on this 1

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  • Chris Carr's avatar
    Chris Carr wrote 3 years, 8 months ago
    It has often been said that novels about work or at work are the most interesting and I think this is a cracker. If I'm right they work for some mail sorting company ready to despatch parcels. I like the idea of a worldly-wise man in the face of raw youth but what a way to sum up fourty-two years of marriage, I was howling so much I went back and read it again for another bout. So this is ...
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  • Walden Carrington's avatar
    Walden Carrington wrote 3 years, 11 months ago

    Bob,
    All Over the Map is an amusing account which makes me want to travel the world as you have. This was the first time I was introduced to the concept of a recycled wedding ring, but I'm all for preserving the environment.

    Walden Carrington
    Titanic: Rose Walsh McLean's Story

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