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Men Behaving Badly (Originals S.)

2.7  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 6th 1992 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1989)
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W.B.
Mar 20, 2008 W.B. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anglophiles, people who want a meringuey sort of novel
Recommended to W.B. by: found it in a remainder bin in the nineties
I know this is not really very literary, and that the author went on to adapt this novel into a successful British series (which I've never seen) but I enjoyed this book one bored afternoon many moons ago. He had a funny, deadpan way of describing objects in the material world, as I seem to recall, that was actually more interesting and funnier than his characters' predicaments in this whimsically strange little novel. He would write lines contemplating what the cheese does or feels like once th ...more
Mark Speed
Nov 14, 2014 Mark Speed rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Amazingly, despite being the progenitor to the hit TV comedy series, it's not that funny. The 'situation' isn't quite there, and the tension between the characters isn't at all well developed. As a result, the comedy just doesn't crystallise out of the mix.

I remember hearing an interview and someone involved with the show saying that Simon Nye had learnt to write sitcom comedy by the end of the second series of the show, after there'd been a character replacement. Interesting.
Kealan O'ver
Apr 22, 2013 Kealan O'ver rated it did not like it
It comes across as an adaptation of the series and not the other way around. It doesn't even the amount of plot that an average episode would have which is saying something considering there isn't much in terms of plot to individual episodes.
There something approximating a kind of wry humour in it but its just wasted overall.
Taruia
Dec 28, 2012 Taruia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I have the TV series on DVD, I have the book of scripts ... anyone want to buy this one off me? Woeful. Bad writing and really had to hunt for the jokes. Life is too short for rubbish books.

*** UPDATE ***

I did actually finish reading it and it did get better ... however it is still pretty ordinary. I have upped the star rating from 1 to 2, because it is Christmas.
Benedict Reid
Aug 11, 2011 Benedict Reid rated it liked it
The first season of "Men Behaving Badly" covers some of the events in this book... but it's quite a different tone.
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Fun read. Good character development.
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