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The Book of Shrigley [Paperback]

David Shrigley
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Book Description

1 Dec 2007
"The Book of Shrigley" is the most extensive - and the first widely available - showcase of his edgy but accessible off-kilter vision. Here are bad-tempered pets, strange attractions, work, S-E-X, knitting, wrestling, and a host of other everyday activities, dangers, and amusements laid bare in Shrigley's urgently illustrated panels and wickedly mischievous punch lines. Made up of almost entirely new work and bursting with color and unsettlingly funny truths, "The Book of Shrigley" is the ideal introduction to this comic genius and the book fans have been waiting for.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811851222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811851220
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Shrigley lives and works in Glasgow. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and, since graduating in 1991, he has participated in exhibits throughout Europe and North America including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Camden Arts Centre, London. His drawings have appeared in a music video for Blur as well as numerous magazines and newspapers such as The Independent on Sunday, Cabinet, and Parkett.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise & good investment for beginners 9 Sep 2002
Java is a complex language with many big, big books on the market. Java Precisely is refreshing in how it combines brevity (just over 100 pages) and depth of information. The other Java book I have is Dietel & Dietel's with though good, can be hard to read due to its size. Java Precisely reads almost as a specification of the language and allows the reader to understand the important principles of the language. Simple but very important concepts like the scope of variables, parameters and fields within a Class are concisely presented. Sestoft has obviously wanted to get away from the 'learn Java by looking at examples' school of thought, such as Dietel anfd Dietel, and is more interested in teaching Java by allowing the reader to understand its important concepts. The concise language he uses has the benefit of brevity, but most pages have to be read a few times to fully understand the concepts he is presenting. The benefit of this is that the reader knows whether or not that he/she has properly understood the text.
Even though thin, the book is a bit larger than a mousepad allowing sufficient information to be presented on each page, with concepts being illstrated by relevant, short pieces of code - 10 to 20 lines.
At just over ten pounds it is a very good investment for those new to Java, with its brief chapters providing a thorough grounding in the language's important concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howto in brevity 23 May 2009
Since brevity is the soul of wit ... I will be brief (Shakespeare). What is the use of 1000 pages if it can be said in 140. I wonder how we have fared before this essential and refreshingly brief book that says it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Shrigley's best 6 Sep 2005
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This is perhaps Shrigley's best book so far. A huge compendium of previous work and new pieces, it has a farbric spine and a ribbon bookmark with 'smile - david shrigley loves you' written on it! A truly gorgeous book - over two hundred pages of Shrigley genius. Ideal as an intro to his work; I got a copy from Amazon for a friend and was so impressed that I've come online to order another one for myself right away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect 15 Jan 2013
With some previous knowledge of Java I found this book a superb way of covering the entire Java 5 language with absolutely no superfluity. Basically as a quick reference this book doesn't really have an equal.

If I could have only one Java reference book this would likely be it. Small and absolutely to the point.

It is 150 pages of no-bull coverage of the entire language.
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