Although I am fairly sure that Lazlo would agree that this was a modern day parable with some fairly intense sermonizing, it has enough charm to really merit a read.
Some of the 'get back to basics' eulogizing was a little heavy-handed but, given the situations that were presented, it worked very well; if only to provide some sort of wistful longing for the uncomplicated life.
The core of the story is concerned with how exposure to the realities of life as lived outside of a city can alter a city-dweller's conception of life.
If everyone who lived in a conurbation like L.A. was able to get away to the countryside to work the land for a month or so, the world would apparently be a much more charming place. (Unfortunately, in reality, the ranches and unspoiled vistas would be full of city-dwellers trying to 'find themselves.')
Lazlo is building on a solid base of works that investigate the effects of modern society's loss of humanity. He's presented good arguments for looking back to a time and place where people helped each other to progress in spite of the hands that are dealt them.
Some of the dialogue construction is quirky and I would have to say that he's becoming readily identifiable by the way he has characters interact.
I heartily recommend this story, it has left me feeling that longing for big skies, faithful friends and the success of one's own endeavors.
I think you'll enjoy it!