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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (22 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062283030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062283030
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 18.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Bingo is a London-based illustrator with a dedicated following of fans and a broad client list that includes The Mighty Boosh, QI, the Guardian, MTV and The New York Times. As well as illustrating, Mr Bingo is regularly invited to speak at events on his favourite topics, such as religion, the internet, dating, art and terrorism. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bob London on 10 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
So much has been written about this book that its reputation alone is enough to dissuade some readers. I think this reflects the balance of opinion about it, both why it is so revered and why some describe it as being crap.

For what it is worth, 'Hate Mail' is, for me, one of the most sublime monuments in world literature, a book unlike any other, and one that deserves a place among the very small number of classics that should be enjoyed for centuries to come.

However, I do understand those that have struggled and failed with it.

Firstly, to like this book is not 'boring'. It is perhaps my boredom that made me buy it and want to understand it to begin with, but certainly not my boredom that made me enjoy it.

Secondly, it is 'not bad'. If someone tells you otherwise, I would like to know what they are comparing it to. Mr Bingo's humour is convoluted and obscure, and often the jokes so oblique that they bypassed me if my attention was wandering. I have read the book twice and realised that I missed much the first time round. However, the rewards for sticking with it are huge.

Thirdly, don't let the scholarly dissection of the book put you off. There are a lot of themes underpinning the book, not least the explicit parallels with 'Readers Wives' and other pornographic magazines, and the slightly more implicit theme of the relationship between man and his loneliness.

However, it would be wrong to view 'Hate Mail' as some sort of puzzle to be solved. It is, very simply, a book about a man, his pen, and his hatred for the human race.

I read a lot, but only a couple of books have I enjoyed more, The Kama Sutra in Braille being one of them. Please make the effort to look at this book. It really is worth it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Martin Olley on 10 Oct 2012
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There is talent, composition and thought involved in Mr Bingo's work. It's well drawn and executed. He's clearly had formal art training. A great book.
-- Martin Olley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Literate Citizen on 5 Feb 2013
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Riotously dark and deeply funny, this book is a big fat punch to your comedy brain. More laughs per dollar than any book on the market. Do your soul a favor and buy several - for yourself and you humor-starved friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mooglemeg on 6 Jan 2013
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It's horrid and funny and rude and silly and most of all hilarious. I want to be sent hate mail like this. Bought as a Christmas pressie and had to keep cos it made me laugh so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe DUFF-SMITH on 9 Nov 2012
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Very funny concept - people paying to be insulted. This book is certainly not for children or those easily offended, but for others of us who like a good insult it is very funny indeed. There are some days when I would willingly hand out for free insults like those beautifully inscribed in this book. Thank you Mr. Bingo for providing a little resistance against the P.C. world that surrounds us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sim on 30 Dec 2013
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So good you'll want to give everyone you know a copy.

And so cheap, you can afford to.

Really, truly, funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dmkodell on 18 May 2014
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Great book very funny. its a great book of post cards I would love to send one to someone. very unique idea for a gift
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GT-13 on 10 April 2014
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A weird combination - old postcards, the cheesy kind with views of holiday locations, and the worst kind of insults. Somehow, it works. This is one of the funniest one-off ideas I've seen, and the fact the people actually paid for it makes it even better. But using the medium of the holiday postcards makes it a lot stranger, and for those of us who remember these when they were in vogue, wistful and even more memorable. A great double-whammy, I can't think of anything else like it.
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