But Enough About You: Essays
Christopher, son of William F., has been writing humor fiction for a long time now. In between books, he manages to maintain a steady stream of short pieces which he calls essays. They are in the vein of Mark Twain and Calvin Trillin and a variety of other adepts at irony. Most of the essays published in this collection first appeared in “ForbesFYI,” later titled “Forbes Magazine.” Also included in the pantheon of publications were Time, Th ...more
Although promoted as a humorous compilation, I do not view this book as a thigh-slapper. The advanced copy that I read, compliments of Simon & Schuster and the Goodreads First Reads program, strikes a nice balance of wit, information, and sophistication yet leaves one melancholic over the loss of so much and so many. On the brighter side, the leading quotes are perfect, the subtler humor is enjoyable, and many articles are enriching.
One aspect that I found particularly irksome was the seemi...more
Disclaimer: I don't like travel writing, in general, so any travel essay has a strike against it going in. That said, those are by far the weakest essays in the book (my husband gave up in the midst of them, and he likes both travel writing and Buckley, so really, they're pretty bad). Buckley also mentions a lot of meals, but doesn't describe them, which makes for very dull reading. "Then we went here, and ...more
This book kinda felt like hanging out at a retirement home. Just an older guy telling little stories about his life. Some are just boring and pointless, like the essay about how he repainted his mother's house and couldn't believe how many shades of white there were. That was the entire story. He tried to embellish and make it amusing, so if you're a fan of that writing style- sort of Dave Barry-ish- you might enjoy it. (Tha ...more
Christopher Buckley offers up a generous collection of his essays from the past twenty or so years. They cover a wide range of subject matter and many moods: light-hearted, informative, satiric, wistful. It's a bit like the Ed Sullivan Show. Some acts you enjoy, some you yawn through knowing other members of the family adore them. There is always the chance that some delightful turn of phrase or qu ...more
Some people just have the knack - they put the words together and they just .... work. This is one, that for me, had a collection of essays that just worked. Not all of them - ...more
I found myself thinking, more than once, that Buckley is a poor man's PJ ...more
The one on the death camp was very good and I enjoyed his little portraits of famous men he has known... from Reagan and Bush to Christopher Hitchens.
My favorite book of his is one I read in about 1983 - Steaming To Bamboola. If you are a fan ...more
But I never, under any circumstances, want to meet the man.
Odd as it sounds, that might be the best description I can give But Enough About You. This collection of essays is wildly inconsistent. Some are hilarious and reminded me why I think Mr. Buckley might be one of the premiere satirists and essayists of his generation. Others are dull, and still others reminded me that Christopher Buckley was born with a silver spo ...more
Robert Benchley, bibulously leaving the 21 Club one night, saw a man adorned with gold braid, assumed he was the doorman, and instructed him to call a cab.
The man replied somewhat starchily, “I am an admiral.”
“In that cas ...more
Christopher Buckley's book is a collection of his essays over a number of years. The essays covered politics, family life, travel, and various other topics.
It's clear that Buckley is a keen observer, but I found his essays to have a smugness to them. He can be funny, but I didn't find myself chuckling as much as I thought I would.
That being said, I think his essays may just not be my thing. If you're a fan of essays, Buckley' ...more
That said he can write non fiction very well. His short piece on George H. W. Bush is one of the nest you will read and his moving piece on a visit to Auschwitz is top notch.
Unfortunately he could never be half as clever as he thinks he is.
I did not know he was also an excellent essayist, reviewer and obituary writer. He is truly a rare man of letters. Highly recommended.
What a fun read. This is a collection of essays on all sorts of subjects, from biking in the French countryside with his family to walking through a tour of a concentration camp. I learned a great deal from Buckley's smart writing. It is witty, sharp, and delightful.
Mr. Buckley is an interesting man. He seems well traveled and probably has to figure out how to fit his writing in. I know I wouldn’t be as proficient. These essays were fun, charming in a way, and at times bittersweet.
It was a great book. I enjoyed the ride.
Wilde figures prominently in this hilarious book of essays as does Paris, other French locales, the wonderful, late Christopher Hitchens, and a smorgasbord of other topics.
A very funny book. Recommended.
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Good ...more