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Not as funny as it thinks it is.
on 20 February 2012
This is a real wasted opportunity of a book. It's a great, simple idea- a world atlas packed with comedy and lies- but ultimately it's not as funny as it could or should have been.
There are some funny moments in here, but as the author takes on every country in the world, a lot of the writing feels like a first draft, the kind of thing many writers would go back to and re-write funnier later on. At times I felt like I could've written this book in a couple of days, given a normal atlas, Wikipedia, sufficient alcohol and a bucket of good old British prejudice. Large parts of it will date badly to 2007 too.
The illustrations are the strongest part of the book, but the text feels like it belongs more to a blog or a quirky website than justifying all the effort of a hardback book.