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The Great Facepalm: The Farce of 21st Century Normality [Kindle Edition]

Phillip McCarron , Deanna Dionne , David Boukas
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Book Description

Have you ever taken a long, hard look at today's society, slapped your hand over your face, and wondered how we've made it this far as a species?

In The Great Facepalm: The Farce of 21st Century Normality, author Phillip McCarron recounts the sordid state of our culture, observing how society has begun to parody its own preposterous stereotypes as it plummets to the same grisly end as the fallen civilizations of yesteryear. Through a blend of brazen humor and philosophical insight, humanity’s corrosive tendencies are made readily apparent.

Touching on the more superficial matters in life such as the absurdity of today's bar scene, soulless fame-junkies, and our toxic obsession with social media, the author provides an amusing commentary on our deluded self-image and the gross compulsion to over-share our over-hyped achievements. Delving into the more grievous issues plaguing our society, he also weighs in on political dysfunction, the American healthcare fiasco, the indignity of shameless consumerism, and the growing disconnect between education and employment.

This collection of articles offers up the unique perspective of one man’s observations, musings, and opinions on the ridiculousness of everyday life. Analyzing hot-button social issues, to which we can all relate, and exposing the follies of an all-too-familiar cast of characters, it skirts the line between hilarious and grim, as the tragedy of reality is as manic as it is depressing. So prepare to have your belief systems probed, your sense of humor stretched to the limit, and your snow globe smashed with sledgehammer on an enlightening journey through the world’s fractured collective psyche.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L51WEMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #641,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satire and comedy at its whimsical best 1 July 2014
I love this book and, for my sins, keep quoting bits out of it. It's eloquent, well written and oh so funny. I could easily see this being made into comedy shorts on channel 4.
It's a riot.
On the more serious side, it does make you look at life in a different way. If you enjoy satire and comedy like 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' on sky Atlantic, you'll LOVE this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 25 Jun. 2014
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Great read, really made me think and has great humour from start to finish. Looking forward to other books this author will bring out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, well-written, and insightful 21 Jun. 2014
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The description is spot on. This book reminds of George Carlin the way it mixes humor, logic, and intelligence. It will definitely give you some laughs and a new perspective on a range of topics. I find this type of writing more meaningful from someone who has lived outside of the US because you get such a wider view of things. There are a lot of books out there from people who will be profiting from one agenda or another, this is not one of those books. It's nice to read analysis on big issues without being sold something. There are a bunch of entertaining articles with very....descriptive...humor throughout which are a good balance with the heavier topics. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Ingenious , intuitive, all while insanely humorous 22 Jun. 2014
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When I first picked up this book, I had no idea I was in for such intuitive read. This book is not only a satirical gem, but also remarkably insightful into today's society . The author does a fantastic job opening one's eyes ( and mind ) to everything from government to politics to social trends. The balance of humor and intellectual argument makes for a truly unique perspective.
Pick up this book, you'll be glad you did. It's truly a fresh take on so many topics that people just regurgitate the same opinions back up on. And do *not* miss the chapter on rage ! .... It's funny because it's true
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read. Some of the stories will make you ... 2 July 2014
By Jennifer M - Published on
This is a great read. Some of the stories will make you laugh out loud while others will really make you sit and think. The author comes out and says the things that most people wish they could say. Would recommend this book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book to have around to read thoroughly 3 Oct. 2014
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This is a fantastic book to have around to read thoroughly. The quotes vary a great deal covering many different issues and situations. This book would come in especially handy for an individual who speaks in public. Chances are if you're looking for an ice breaker or a clever anecdote, it's in this book.
Organized. Intelligent. A nice addition to any library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, Try it, Believe it. 21 Nov. 2014
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I wish I could begin my review in the same manner as this donkey did. Just in case Mr. McCarron did not know here in America we spell things the 'Merican way but I guess since this is his book and since he is Scottish I will give him a pass. I can’t help feel like this self-loathing Scotsman fancies himself smarter than average "Alturistic Doormat." He has no shortage of pretty words and flower scented manure. This book is not my usual cup of tea. However in an effort to expand my repertoire of literature, I decided to give it a try.
There are more good things to say about this book than bad. The Great Facepalm is a very fitting title for this body of short stories. Mr. McCarron’s opinions on society’s issues force readers to see the ugly truth. These essays are not without bias, but it does not have a political agenda, which is nice relief from what is currently available in new publications. Mr. McCarron discusses many things, that are part of downfall of society. I was particularly amused by his dark David Sedaris like humor in some sections. In other stories I had to remind myself not to take it too seriously, because a lot of this is purposefully offensive. I would be horrified if there was another individual that agreed with every opinion this author has.
The worst thing i can say about this book is that it is unnecessarily wordy. I understand that this is the Author’s choice in language, but some sentences are ridiculously long. One sentence was over 80 words after that I didn't bother counting further. I found myself re-reading some sentences because of my short attention span. Not only are some sentences unduly long, it is as if Mr. McCarron had engorged himself on a dictionary a time too many and is now regurgitating it back to use in a indiscriminate manner.
In all seriousness Mr. McCarron has a unique perspective that will enlighten and delight while disgusting pretty much every reader. This book is not for the easily offended or the brainless individuals our society is riddled with. Over a few afternoons and a couple of glasses of whiskey this book was amazing!
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