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The Gripes Of Wrath: This book is guaranteed to make your blood boil Paperback – 4 Nov 2010


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749940859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749940850
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Carr has been the Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist since 2000, and is, by common consent, the rudest of them all. An engaging and amusing talker and writer, Simon Carr was speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992-1994. His working principle is 'Indignation keeps us young.'

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The perfect gift book for the 'grump' generation

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Simon Carr has been the Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist for the last five years, and is, by common consent, the rudest of them all. An engaging and amusing talker and writer, Simon Carr was speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992-4.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is not great, it has it's pros and cons.
Narration - short stories, like cut offs from newspapers, some tabloids, some broadsheets... You may like it or not. You will be driven through all sorts of stories from the papers, mainly in years 2004-2005. There is a bit of first person narration too.
Selection of the stories is terribly one sided, which makes all thing rather not objective, I would classify this as a con.
There is parts of very deep articles and some pure gossip... This makes level of the book very uneven, sometimes you may feel entertain by funny tabloid like stories, sometimes you will be bored by disputes in House of Parliament.
You can tell what authors political opinions are, generally pretty sceptic. Ironic. Sarcastic. I would say this is kind of manifesto of Mr Carr. If you like his point of view, you will love the book, if you disagree with some of it, you will have mixed feelings and if you hate him, you will hate his book and regret touching it to the end of your days.
I would recommend having a look at this book, it can make you aware about some aspects of life. It could be good alternative to sleeping peel when drags about European law.
Overall, it's not great thing, but it's good enough for some 2-3 hours journey in the coach or train.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lewis on 9 Jan. 2012
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I don't usually bother to write reviews of my purchases, but I feel I must make an exception for this one, in order to warn you off it.
This is a lazy and unsatisfactory book, cobbled together, one guesses, for the Christmas stocking list. It consists for the most part of a profusion of short, unrelated gobbets, loosely placed under chapter headings, but with no effort made to give the work any narrative drive, nor to contextualise the excerpts, or even, by and large, to give any provenance or attribution for them, and where there is anything given it is defective in proper details such as place, date and time.
If you like to read, for example, the bald statement that a distinction in the ABC cake decoration course is worth more points (55) than an A in an academic course such as maths, English and science, or that at a figure of very nearly $4 billion a year America spends more on aid to its cotton farmers than on aid to Africa, or that a third of all 15-34 year-olds were unaware that the Battle of Britain took place in the second world war, or that Asian high-seas fishing vessels set drift nets up to 64 km long, without in any of these, or scores of similar, cases anything further being said on the point whether by way of attribution or context, then this may be the book for you, but even then I am fairly sure you will actually find it profoundly unsatisfying.
Far, far better books of this type can be found, such as Bog-Standard Britain by Quintin Letts, Big Babies by Michael Bywater, and Bad Laws BY Philip Johnston.
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