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The Bachelor Home Companion: A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like a Pig [Paperback]

P. J. O'Rourke
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3 Dec 1993
This book looks at cooking, cleaning, and housekeeping for people who don't know how to do any of those things and aren't about to learn. There are useful sections on cleaning - describing how to avoid cleaning, how to trick other people into cleaning for you and cooking, entertaining, home decorating, yard care, and miscellancous hints and tips.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (3 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330331752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330331753
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was published in the mid eighties and has a preface written in the early nineties explaining why it is still relevant today. If you are a feminist you will NOT like this book. If you are an English student, I have never found a better example of sexist literature. It is however a form of escapism to another age, where political correctness didn't exist. And if it did, was ignored!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read 13 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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I discovered this book at University and it is fab. I am female and though not as feminist as others I think I can hold my own and I still think it is hilarious. I would truly recommend it to anyone, especially the bit on childcare.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, girls love this book too! 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
...I'm a feminist and I have loved this book for years. As Mr O'Rourke says, 'We are all bachelors now, strangers in a home we never made.'
I don't know what I love most about it. The 'decorating with alcohol' pictures? ('Take a big drink. See, it looks better already!') The recipe for emergency Bloody Mary mix? The advice how to get your date to cook dinner? (works on men too, heh heh heh.)
Never mind gender politics. If you can laugh, buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for any aspiring bachelor 25 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
Truely astounding! Not only does this book tackle the various tasks faced by the budding bachelor, it manages to do it while conveying the exact attitude one should attempt to acquire. Idiocy bordering on logic plays out throughout the book, bringing inevitable conclusions dismissed in a friendly and non-commital way by the author.
Hilarious and almost serious as well, something all bachelors should have, not much else comes as close to a manual for life as this does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should get 6 out of 5 stars 19 Jan 2001
By Eric Gudorf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely hilarious! I'm a big fan of PJ's, so how did I miss this little gem until now? Anyway, this book had me literally LOL (Laughing Out Loud) as I read it in my own bachelor apartment. PJ has captured the essence of bachelordom, namely, we are all basically mischievous boys at heart who love chaos and disorder. PJ on cooking - "If you think of it as setting fire to things and making a mess, it's fun". His recipes alone will leave you in stitches. And he provides all sorts of ready excuses for putting off anything related to cleaning or keeping up one's residence. This especially rang true as I surveyed my own humble abode and thought "You know, I kinda LIKE having all that clutter on the floor, it makes the place looked lived in." This book is simply required reading for anyone who's experienced the joys of sharing an off campus apartment with two other complete slobs, where beer cans and empty pizza boxes are the primary forms of interior decoration. Let's just say it's a pleasant trip down memory lane for any healthy, red blooded American male, and should get 6 out of 5 stars if such a thing were possible!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bachelor Home Companion 26 Dec 2002
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Bachelor Home Companion: A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like A Pig written by P.J. O'Rourke is a very funny, keep you in stiches book.
You'll never keep a house neat and tidy after you read this book. Of Course, that's assuming that you already do. What its like as a bachelor in theory as to actually being one is, according to O'Rourke, a great disparity. If you want to laugh and be entertained at the same time then this little tome is for you to enjoy.
Humor abounds and your life will definately take a turn... for better or worse will depend on you.According to O'Rourke... "How often does a house need to be cleaned, anyway? As a general rule, once every girlfriend. After that she can get to know the real you."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand why marriage isn't more popular among men 28 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The sad fact is I can actually see parts of myself in this book. P.J. has a way of seeing the extreme side of anything and making a very funny book out of it. Have read most of his other works and this one definetly ranks near the top. The short length is actually a plus, as his advice is condensed into a "guide" format. Anybody who has never read a P.J. O'Rourke book before would be good to start off with this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It wouldn't be as funny if it were fiction. 6 Mar 2000
By "red_imperator" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My best friend recently moved into his own apartment, along with a roomate, and the only reason they don't live like P.J. is because they can't afford enough stuff to make that big a mess with. And they actually have tried to do the dishes with a garden hose. This book had me literarly (sic.) rolling off the couch laughing. Even if you don't agree with P.J.'s politics (and this book is mostly free from them anyway), read it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have ever read. 8 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wouldn't know a well crafted piece of literary excellence from a mediocre load of ol' garbage but I know a funny book when I read one and they don't come any funnier than this one
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