Friends Like These
Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty and his life has become a cliché. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well ... grown-up.
But something's not right. Something's missing. Until he finds an old address book containing just twelve names. His best mat
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First, I must take you to task for the book jacket. It looks awful, like a scrap-booking mishap, with photos of people that will mean nothing and make no impact on anyone who hasn't already read the book.
I must also take umbrage with your hyperbolic quotes:
"Irresistible" - Daily Mail
No part of this book defies resistance. It's slow paced, only intermittently funny, and...more
The journey that ensues is hilarious, both in Wallace’s anti...more
It is also heart warming and life affirming in that it demonstrates that while a friendship may well be lapsed it’s never lost and reconnecting...more
Like the author - I definitely went through (and even 2 years later am still going through) issues of REALLY passing into adult-hood - or reaching/passing THIRTY years old. I could definitely identify with many parts of this book.
UNlike the author however, at 32 years old I have FOUR beautiful children, I have not written best-selling books that have been (or will be) turned into successful movies starring Jim Carrey (good movie actually, and now I've gotta read the book), nor do I hav...more
My only issue, and the only reason that this book is not getting the full five stars, is because I took forever to read it. It did not have the same "get off th...more
Well I did say after reading Charlotte Street that I wanted to try some of Wallace's non-fiction, and who am I to deny an offer of a book?
I'm sure ever...more
The story is simple enough: become worried turning 30 implies becoming an adult, seek to rekindle relationships with those from childhood and find out if they are also feeling a little queasy about the big 3-0. Readers follows Mr. Wallace as he starts his search online posting a profile o...more
However, his Dad’s job meant that the Wallace family moved a few times, and over the course of time and distance, Danny has lost friends with all the names in this address book. However the memories of them are as strong as...more
Im Vorgänger-Buch ‘Yes Man’ erlebten wir unter anderem wie Danny Lizzie kennen lernt und mit ihr zusammen kommt. Inzwischen sind die beiden verheiratet und haben ein Haus gekauft und eigentlich findet Danny es auch ganz schön ‘sesshaft’ zu werden, aber als sein 30ster Geburtstag näher rückt, wird ihm doch et...more
Danny Wallace steht kurz vor seinem dreizigsten Geburtstag, doch irgendwie graut Danny vor diesem magischen Tag. Ist er denn überhaupt schon bereit erwachsen zu werden?
Als seine Mutter ihm dann noch eine Kiste mit alten Dingen schickt und er unter allerlei Krempel sein altes Adressbuch findet, entschließt sich Danny seine alten Freunde zu suchen und zu erfahren, was aus ihnen geworden ist.
Dabei lernt Danny, dass Freunde einen Flug wert sind und viele weitere Dinge.
There is s...more
Friends Like These is a funny and touching story in a similar vei...more
i liked this book. it was an amusing story about a guy hitting 30 and finding himself married, domestic, and kind of fearful of what he's lost (friends, past, etc).
basically, he sets out to find 12 friends from his childhood to see what he can discover.
every tale is really well written, interwoven and highly amusing...i chuckled out loud more than once.
danny wallace is an excellent writer, keeping this rather long narrative of finding past friends extremely interesting and for...more
Of course he could. But what made this book an entertaining and heartwarming story are the author's memories of his childhood friends, the mysteries of how their lives turned out, and the hijinks that ensued as he attempted to reconnect with them.
There is a lot he could have cut from this book, as at times it was slow-going, however, there were some funny moments too. But not as funny as Yes Man. I was disappointed in that a...more
I guess catching up with people you knew at schoo...more
it made me teary at p...more
He began writing reviews for video game magazines at the age of 13 for school work exper...more