I came across Michael Moore when I watched the not-so-un-famous film Fahrenheit 9/11 (which on a side note if you haven't seen you should). Once I saw...moreI came across Michael Moore when I watched the not-so-un-famous film Fahrenheit 9/11 (which on a side note if you haven't seen you should). Once I saw someone see a situation presented by a government and say, I don't think that's how it really was it completely changed my perspective. I haven't simply accepted something that someone's told me since just because they are an authority. For this I am indebted to the man and I'm surely not alone.
The man himself has had one of the most interesting lives I've ever had the pleasure to read. Not in the fact that he's nearly died in death-defying acts but rather escaped America to Canada so as not to be drafted. Nearly been hijacked in a plane and disguised himself to get in a governmental summit suggesting all American businesses to move their factories to Mexico. A catholic schoolboy he just was never one for taking the common phrase "it's just how it is". It makes his life interesting and funny to read and held me to the end easily.
His prose style is extremely conversational, in fact there seems to be no difference in how Moore talks to how he writes. This makes the book piss easy to read since it's really you just chatting with him about what he's got up to these past 50 years.
I know he's controversial, people hate him to the point of having a mini gunpowder (man-made bomb) plot against him and yet the other half truly love him. I fall on that side for sure, even if sometimes you disagree with his methods at least he is asking questions that need to be asked. Better than many many politicians.
Whatever you feel I think anyone would find this entertaining at the very least. (less)
Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not t...moreCelebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.
Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot make those failures successes but it was the style in which they were told. Very reminiscent of a list, like this happened and it failed so we moved on to this and it failed and then this and it failed. Every so often though it was interspersed with a part of his life, like his friendship with Matt Lucas or his relationships which was so honest and open that it was a pleasure to read. These interspersions made the book readable but just.
I trudged through this which was such a let down to me since I was looking forward to it so much. The writing style itself was not the problem, on that score I have nothing to complain about. It has the conversational style which I enjoy in an autobiography and yet keeps an informative tone which keeps the whole book grounded. Which was important in this book especially as it could have easily escalated in madness.
All in all I would recommend this for only die hard Walliams fans, otherwise maybe give this one a miss....
I know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama schoo...moreI know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama school with no money and then one day BAM they're talent is realised that was there all along. BUT NO. This was not at all like that, heart-wrenching tale yes, but completely justified.
His start in life as a quite pudgy Chinese kid who was adored by his family quickly turned into a petrified obese teenager who felt terribly alone and petrified after some idiot threatens him. Drama unsurprisingly is the way he turns, psychologically it makes perfect sense. He develops an emotional rush and dependance on the positive reaction to his humour which is most brought out in Drama whilst simultaneously helping him forget his own failure by laying it at his characters door and not his true self.
Once he has earned a place a drama school however it all goes terribly wrong, his fear of failure goes into overdrive and he turns anorexic. But instead of using this horrific tale of food abuse to get as much sympathy as possible Gok uses a factual, light-hearted style that states his thoughts, feelings and actions without wringing you out. This, for me at least, made me truly feel for him and care for him as a person. Hope the best for his future, which slowly develops and is truly joyful to read.
I was so happy for him when things started to go right and he found a direction that I just couldn't stop reading. I was hooked! I found every excuse possible to keep reading to see how he got from the lowest self confidence I have ever heard of in a person to turning womens confidence from nothing to a healthy amount.
Even if you don't watch Gok or have any idea who he is his book is absolutely worth reading from a human interest perspective. I recommend to all, even people who hate autobiographies...
I didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excit...moreI didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excited to read this because strangely enough I have always been fascinated by the high-class prostitute. Their reasons, lifestyle, sacrifice and ability to cope with the stigma of their job is endlessly interesting. Belle De Jour is the top of her tree and her series of books really lets you into the life of a london call girl.
The only problem was that in this book, SHE RETIRES! Understandable and everything but not the book I was looking for! I didn't care about her life after until I'd heard of her life before which my own fault I admit and not the book, however why market the book as "Further Adventure of a London Call Girl" if she is not a call girl after about 3 chapters!
Her complicated love life and her diffficulty trying to establish a normal life is an interesting read and has a different style which I haven't read anything like before. It makes the series interesting to me and makes me feel like I really should give the other books a chance, well the first at least.
This book kept itself interesting by including letters from people to Miss Belle and her advice. These were really amusing and her shamelessness was hilarious to read. Such as this one:
Dear Belle I'm going out with a pair of best friends: one knows, the other does not. I'm having lots of sex but it does chafe rather. Any tricks of the trade to help me out?
Dear Double-Booked Sorry, but has the message to lube well and often missed your household? Lube well. And often. If the front entry wears out, use the back for a bit. But for goodness' sake, girl, are you mad? You're missing the oppurtunity for a threesome if you don't tell the other gent what's going on!
The primary concern of Miss Belle being that Double-Booked is missing out on a threesome where many would be in moral uproar is brilliant and aan excellent example of why I respect this woman. She has whatever sex in whatever way she wishes because she wants to and refuses to be ashamed of that fact, I wish wholeheartedly that this would be the opinion of more women. Really the only thing they can gain is great sex and who doesn't want that?
So all in all, interesting style wise but I would a) read the first book first (who woulda guessed?) b)Really question whether you want to read someones diary in which they date someone you really really hate. Trust me, you will hate the Boy. If you don't you are the Boy.