Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Vegas, and Thailand
When this suspiciously familiar cover caught my eye at B&N the other day, it immediately put a smile on my face. I liked Gilbert's book a lot...more
Gottlieb does his best to reference Gilbert throughout the course of his quirky and entertaining vignettes. References to the speaker being Gilbert's estranged husband (the one she cried over in the bathroom before deciding...more
This satire of Eat, Pray, Love is one of the smartest, funniest, totally GENIUS books I've read recently. Nothing hipster-intelligent or pseudo-intelligent or gross-out-but-not-actually-funny (ahem, Tucker Max, ahem) about it - just brilliant writing. It flows smoothly and hilariously and makes me want to hang out with this guy. If you have read EPL, the structural and conceptual parallels will be unmistakable ~ but if you haven't read EPL, it will still be a good read.
Part one, Ireland...more
As I moved to the second part about gambling and golf my four star rating turned into a three star rating. I don't gamble and I don't golf and maybe I shouldn't judge a book because of my own ignora...more
The main character, Robert Sullivan, is ridiculously lika...more
It's funny, don't get me wrong. The first few pages are rich with belly laughs. But after a while, it wears on you. I wasn't far into the story when I made this realization: it's like the book equivalent of being trapped in the corner at a party by...more
How so? Well because Gottlieb has written what could be described as an anti-guru’s self-help book about letting go a little and rediscovering the joy in life; a book about the joys of a little self-indulgence after a marital breakdown.
The protagonist Bob Sullivan is...more
Nowhere near as deep or as long for that matter as the wives version but that could be a male / female thing OR that that could be because she was a writer and he was not ?
Anyhow .. made for a quick light read, some interesting thoughts expressed along with glimpses of insight into the male mind.
I saw this at an airport back in September and just had to buy it. The cover mimicked Eat, Pray, Love, which was still fresh in my mind from the summer reading challenge. Now, first off, I'd like to remind you that I was surprised to find I liked EPL. I'm not about to fly around the world and worship Gilbert, but it wasn't bad. So a parody interested me. I mean, the c...more
I had to check several times that this was a piece of fiction and that Andrew Gottlieb was not previously married to Elisabeth Gilbert, so closely does this follow her story in Eat, Pray, Love.
After getting jilted he leads an attack on the world by qui...more
One particular part at the end seemed completely unbelievable, and I felt like it was thrown in there to try to make this a book that men would enjoy as well as women. But then, some would probably say that a lot of the book was unbelievable and obviously made up. It is fiction after all.
I would only draw one comparison to Eat, Pray, Love because the two books (I believe) w...more
I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This was well put together, funny, articulate, and smooth. I think it's a feat when I guy can be both a responsible gentleman and a carefree hedonist all in one. Granted, it took the guy's wife leaving him to motivate him to take this tryst arou...more
Given all this, you'd think I wouldn't be too thrilled with a parody of...more
As much as I disliked Elizabeth Gilbert, I really liked "Bob Sullivan". He seemed like a personal guy who didn't say things over an over again to get me to believe him (he did often repeat his anger with his wife being with another man, but that's much more understandable than telling me over and over [Elizabeth]again how you are so good at making friends right away). The trip...more