Eighty-year-old Alberto Camelo has searched for love in all the wrong places. Nevertheless, he claims that his experiences have made him the world’s greatest lover. This claim is belied by his ancient neighbour and closest friend Adriana who taunts: “Perhaps you are the greatest lover of last Tuesday.” Despite his claims, Alberto has never experienced real love. He is desired merely as a source of sympathy, an antidote to a boring marriage, an instrument of retribution, and a human cash dispenser. He hopes to experience true intimacy before he departs this world for what he terms “a less than inspiring place.” Upon learning that Adriana also has never encountered serious romance — though she has often meandered onto the marriage mattress — a battle of wits and wills ensue. The pair challenges one another with their opposing ideas about love and romance before discovering the secret of real love. Vivid Latin American landscapes and cityscapes provide a rich backdrop as Alberto’s story unfolds among mountains, lakes, cathedrals, and restaurants. Romantic tropes are turned on their heads as parrots shout profanities from the corner of a café and a young woman turns the tables by using all her wit and wiles to woo a circus strong-man. The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday follows Alberto’s quest to climb to the summit and stand alone as a virtuoso in the realm of love. This uproarious novel will appeal to anyone with an open mind and a well-developed funny bone, as McKinnon skillfully handles serious topics such as intimacy and the nature of love with humour and imagination.
About the author
Neil McKinnon was raised in Saskatchewan and served in the Royal Canadian Navy before working as a businessman, archaeologist, university lecturer, and freelance writer in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. His articles have appeared in Canadian, Japanese, Mexican and U.S. publications, and his book Tuckahoe Slidebottle was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour and for the Alberta Book Award for short fiction. He has served on literary juries and has also edited and published academically. He is a pensioner and long distance runner. When not visiting family in Vancouver, McKinnon and his wife of fifty years, Judy, live in Mexico.