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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 'hilary'-ous
I loved this book! Aside from previewing the male psyche, his imagination for television and the inside of the industry is fabulous and funny and could be used for a sitcom! Will there be a sequel Paul?
Published on 26 Aug 2003 by Tina Davis

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3.0 out of 5 stars Male twenty-something in relationship crisis
Some of the other reviews make valid points about the lead character being unlikeable- but what I found interesting is that Paul Reizin manages to pull off an interesting story without necessarily depending on the reader relating to, or liking, the main bloke involved.

This kind of story is happening in offices up and down the land (though perhaps without the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Male twenty-something in relationship crisis, 30 Jun 2008
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Mr. Stuart Bruce "DonQuibeats" (Cardiff, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dumping Hilary? (Paperback)
Some of the other reviews make valid points about the lead character being unlikeable- but what I found interesting is that Paul Reizin manages to pull off an interesting story without necessarily depending on the reader relating to, or liking, the main bloke involved.

This kind of story is happening in offices up and down the land (though perhaps without the chain-smoking) and Reizin gets a fair amount of comedy out of it. The women are all more likeable and three-dimensional than the lead man, and there are a couple of very enjoyable little set-pieces.

Not groundbreaking but I've certainly read a lot worse.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Dumped On, 6 Feb 2006
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This review is from: Dumping Hilary? (Paperback)
If I where to write a list of rules that must be applied to a novel, one that would come top, or very close, is to make the central character likeable. They may be a serial killer, a priest or an English bobby but they must have something that makes you want to read about them.
Paul Reizin obviously hasn't got a similar list because the central character in 'Dumping Hilary' is one of the least likeable people ever. One of those whiny blokes who have got too much time to think about themselves rather then getting on with life. Michael, a serial smoker and fantasiser, has decided to split up with his long term girlfriend essentially because she is too good a partner.
We follow this sad act through various misadventures including managing to seduce women when in fact in reality women would spray him with mace before going near him.
Another major criticism I have with this novel is that is was published in 2001 but feels like a book for the early 90s - I mean in what office does everyone chain smoke any more? It makes the characters feel more dated than they should.
The only saving grace in this book is that it is good to see bad things happen to such a scummer. Next time Mr. Reizin creates someone everyone doesn't hate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dumping Hilary!, 23 Jun 2002
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Dumping Hilary by Paul Reizin is an interesting look into the way a blokes mind works.
Unhappy with his life, Michael creates a list of things he'd like to change - including the usual things like "give up smoking" and "be nicer to parents" etc.
He also decides to "dump Hilary" -his girlfriend.
As in life, things don't go exactly to plan, with interesting results.
The book follows Michael and all the consequences of his actions as he tries to tick off the items on his list.
A good read for any women who wonder why men act the way they do.
-Though you'll still have no idea what to do about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 'hilary'-ous, 26 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Dumping Hilary? (Paperback)
I loved this book! Aside from previewing the male psyche, his imagination for television and the inside of the industry is fabulous and funny and could be used for a sitcom! Will there be a sequel Paul?
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and revealing, 8 May 2002
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the funniest book I've read in a long time, and very revealing about men, lust, revenge, and television. if you liked nick hornby or tony parsons, my guess is you'll like this better. it is beautifully written, and often plain, laugh-out-loud hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars completely agree, 3 July 2001
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a truly fantastic read - you will never find a funnier or truer book about the essence of blokedom...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comic masterpiece of love, sex and television, 7 Jun 2001
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This is quite simply the funniest book ever written about the television business. You can't quite believe it but somehow you just know that it's true. Ostensibly, its the story of a bloke called Michael Roe who's trying to give up smoking, and his girlfriend, the eponymous Hilary, but really it's a side-splitting satirical swipe at the idiocies of t.v. The description of a title sequence for a show called "Death Warmed Up" is particularly entertaining and it won't spoil the fun to reveal that it involves a morgue, a cadaver and a wiggling big toe. In fact, the ideas for television shows that Paul Reizin dreams up are so ridiculously plausible that you could easily see them slapbang in primetime. The emotional heart of the novel centres around Roe's lascivious pursuit of the slightly deranged but tantalisingly exotic Yasmin. She is a colleague who's working with Roe on a documentary about an old Nazi who's hiding out in New York. He endeavours to seduce her with magic tricks and the pursuit of the perfect Martini. She plays along and the sexual teasing and tension are expertly handled by Paul Reizin. It's his writing style which in the end makes the book. The jokes, and there are many of them, are never forced and there's and effortless economy of language which is so refreshing in a genre that languishes for the most part under a purple haze. To quote a hoary old cliche,"I laughed and laughed!"
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