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For Crying Out Loud: The World According to Clarkson Volume 3: v. 3 (World According to Clarkson 3)

For Crying Out Loud: The World According to Clarkson Volume 3: v. 3 (World According to Clarkson 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Clarkson
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He’s difficult, argumentative but totally unafraid to express views guaranteed to tread on many people's toes -- that's Jeremy Clarkson. And it's for those very reasons why for everyone for whom his name is anathema, there are an equal number will avidly consume his every word. As For Crying Out Loud: The World According to Clarkson, Volume 3 forcefully reminds us, Clarkson’s must venomous hatreds are reserved for political correctness, and his conducting of a one-man war on ‘crimes against common sense’ has made him an unlikely hero for many, who husband their opinions with much greater care. Clarkson continues to be driven into a frenzy by a great variety of things that impinge on his consciousness, and his splenetic responses are immensely entertaining.

‘What is the matter with people these days?’ If you've ever wondered that, you’ll find a hundred answers in this book, along with a discussion of why binge drinking is good for you, the difficult task of drumming in middle age (and, allied to this, the secret of eternal youth). Oh yes -- and America. Don't get Jeremy Clarkson started on America (in fact, it's too late… you'll find some pithy observations on the States within these pages that are likely to make quite a few people's blood temperatures rise). Ironically, if we were to get stuck behind a taxi driver who harangued us like Jeremy Clarkson, we’d be praying for a short journey. So why is it that For Crying Out Loud is so disgracefully entertaining? Perhaps it is because Clarkson -- when he is away from his beloved (and slightly boring) cars -- is immensely articulate at voicing his enthusiasms and pet hatreds (more of the latter than the former, it has to be admitted). One warning should accompany the book, though -- if you give it as a present to a loved one, be prepared to have great chunks read out loud ad infinitum (and perhaps ad nauseam) along the lines of ‘Listen to what Clarkson says about X or Y! Boy, has he got this right!’ You might not want to share a taxi journey with Jeremy Clarkson, but reading his books are a whole different experience -- and, who knows, you might just end up agreeing with him. --Barry Forshaw


'On any page you'll find a blinder' -- The Times

'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the Tube'
-- Evening Standard

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141038128
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9CPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally funny toilet reading 3 Jan 2009
This is a collection of Clarkson's opinion column for the Sunday Times, over the years 2006 and 2007. Each one is about 3 pages in length, so it makes good reading whilst you're doing your number twos, although I read it cover-to-cover on a cross-channel ferry.

Some of the articles are quite funny. I particularly liked "Mother knows all the best games", "An Oscar-winning village hall bash", and my favourite, "Arrested just for looking weird" where American officials regard commonsense with much less gusto than the law.

Clarkson is certainly an erudite and engaging writer. As a fan of (new) Top Gear, I can imagine him speaking the text as I read it. Some of the articles were quite thought-provoking, such as "The lost people of outer Britain", "If you're ugly you've got to be funny", "It's lies that make TV interesting", and in particular, "Schools are trying to break children", featuring the (actually very serious) story of a student being discouraged from reading "difficult" Engineering subjects for the sake of minimising risk for the school's statistical league table position.

Clarkson's abrasive, amusing laments and parodies of people taking leave of commonsense is fair enough, although it soon develops into dreary "intolerant Tory" political overtones which become tedious about 2/3 of the way through the book (e.g. "Drip-drip-drip of a revolution"). Furthermore, I felt disturbed by articles auch as "Simon Cowell ate our strawberries" and "Save rural Britain - sell it to the rich"; Clarkson is showing signs of beginning to become a NIMBY, which would be a terrible shame if he goes further down that road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I fear Jeremy Clarkson and i would not get on. He hates "eco-mentalist " George Monbiot while i admire and respect him. He thinks all modern music is complete rubbish while i like to keep up with new bands ( though we may agree that the Artic Monkeys are over rated ) .He hasn't a socialist cell in his gangly pot bellied frame while i would drape my gangly but svelte torsoed frame in the red flag while cuddling a statue of John Smith . Jeremy denies the onset of global warming while i simply believe there is no way you can pump CO2 into the atmosphere ad infinitum without it having some effect.
Anyway you get the gist. So why is it i love Top Gear ( even though i don't drive ) and more pertinently why is it i found this book so enjoyable? For those who may not be aware For Crying Out Loud is a collection of his newspaper columns from the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2007.So while not exactly rigidly topical ( he blathers on about Blair a lot for instance ) there are a wide enough range of issues covered that are still relevant .Most importantly it is very entertaining and sometimes very funny .
We learn along the way that James May has prodigious wind, his wife(Jeremy Clarkson's not James Mays who is , of course , a committed bachelor ) has a bottomless handbag , he likes donkeys while not caring if tigers become extinct , he thinks ALL Americans are fat ( bit tongue in cheek though that may be ) and makes many more sweeping generalisations . He has the social conscience of a rabid ferret.
Yet his honesty and straight talking ( or writing ) are refreshing and like i said it is often really quite amusing .And funnily enough our opinions sometimes converge.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC CLARKSON 16 Oct 2008
As with everything Jeremy Clarkson does you will either find this book agreeable and amusing or utterly distasteful and rubbish!!I enjoyed this read, after all the man successfuly holds onto the job that little boys like me can only dream of.With his trademark dry wit Clarkson gives us his tainted view on lifes most important topics such as:Binge drinking,Conservation,Mobile phones and the most annoying word in the English language.But thats just for starters Clarkson "delicately" proceeds to broach the troublesome subjects of:Gypsies,The homeless, Americans and Religious fundamentalists.With that out of the way something we should all know "How to dipose of a dead seal" oh and a donkey too!What would London be like if this man was lord mayor? read this for the Clarkson perspective.

Clarkson fans will enjoy this book but if your easily offended,a religious fanatic, American or all of the above then steer clear.There are no prisoners taken in this abrasive collection of articles.Theres life in the old dog yet.........
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Crying Out Loud 3 Jun 2009
Say what you will about Jeremy Clarkson, he is very funny to read, completely irreverent and delightfully politically incorrect. I can't say I agree with everything he says, but you don't have to to find his articles amusing. If you've read the first two volumes of `The World according to Clarkson' series then you'll know what to expect from this. This is another collection of his articles from his weekly column and they are written with as much acerbic wit as his other books. He pulls no punches and covers topics as varied as blowing up a seal (!), children's school reports, British tourists and way more besides. Each article is written in four pages and all with his cutting sense of humour that can make you cringe and smile at the same time. If you've read his other books and enjoyed them, then it's a safe bet that this will be right up your street as well. Grumpy and funny as hell.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny as always
Published 6 days ago by J G Macknight
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Bless him - he is always a good and entertaining read.
Published 21 days ago by wendy finney
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Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. J. Roberts
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great book
Published 2 months ago by M. Coakley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous two in the series
Not as good as the previous two in the series, but Jeremy Clarkson is a winner all the same. I find his humour good natured and despite the age of this book, much of the content is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This was my attempt to encourage my husband to learn to love reading on a beach on holiday - hes not quite converted but he did enjoy this book
Published 3 months ago by C. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars John manning
Always brilliant obviously same sense of humour as myself, he puts in writing the way the majority of us feel
Published 7 months ago by John Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarkson rarely disappoints
Jeremy Clarkson puts into print so many of the thoughts we are thinking but hardly dare articulate. His articles are the perfect antidote for political correctness. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lionel Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is REALLY funny. No kidding.
I'm no Englishman. No Welsh either. Even not Scot or Irish. And I don't know much about all the guys, blokes, chaps, and bloody politics he's speaking about, but I found this book... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michel
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Not the best of Mr clarkson started out hilariously funny then tailed off towards the end . Won't stop me buying another though
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
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