Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Vegas, and Thailand
“Give me two fingers of Jameson,” I told the barman. “Start at my pinkie and keep pouring ‘til you reach someone else’s thumb.” The next thing I remember was waking up in the middle of Ha’penny Bridge wearing nothi ...more
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
I liked it more than the work it parodies, but that's not saying much. Different people will relate to the three parts in personal ways; for me the funniest parts were definitely in the centerpiece, the chapters set in Las Vegas. Altogether the humor was very familiar, like comfort food, like... dare I say... sitcoms? This is typically a bad thing, but at least there's no laugh track for a book.
The serendipity / coincidences at the end were very, very hard to swallow. Just kind of ...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.
It's almost as if the author got a sudden attack of cons ...more
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