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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
Years ago I read a very non PC but extremely funny book called the Henry Root Letters. When I saw this, This book by Robin Cooper seems to be in a similar vein, but sadly I didn't find it very funny at all. The slapstick, somewhat silly humour just didn't appeal to me. With the Henry Root letters, much of the humour was in the replies that were printed.
Ah well, I should have been warned by the title, I suppose.
S
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 October 2005
Basically, Robin Cooper writes to everyone from department stores to associations for everything under the sun. He sends them what can only be described as bizarre and off the wall letters and waits to see what comes back.
I've literally just finished reading this and I have to say that it is one of the funniest books I've ever read. There are so many amazing pages of pure comedy hidden in this book, just the fact that all these people replied to what can only be classed as some of the most ridiculous leeters in history is beyond me. If you're looking for something to lighten your day that you can delve into now and again for a quick laugh, then this is the book for you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2007
Humour is all pretty relative, some people will totally get this book. If you like the humour of the obscure you will definately love this book. If ridiculous things make you laugh and you sometimes imagine yourself laughing at imaginary funny situations then ACE! Its for you! I like stuff like this and when i spotted it on a mates shelf, i picked it up and read it cover to cover, totally forgetting that i was being incredibly rude! So there you have it...if you can appreciate clever, witty but daft humour and like to see serious responses to ridiculous things..its for you!But i like Fawlty Towers too, and Eddie Izzard..and Ross Noble...and the Mr Men....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
After a promising start, I have to say I t thought the book faded under a plethora of absurd ideas and I stopped "laughing out loud" after dinner, having started at Teatime..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2008
Cooper wasn't the first to embark on this genre but he's up there with the best. Funny, whimsical and wonderfully pointless. Henry Root is my all time favourite wind up merchant followed by The Raymond Delauney Emails, which is absolutely hilarious. Cooper's books are perfect for cheering you up on a day when you are feeling a little down.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2004
I have read the book and have sympathy for the enthusiast and otherwise. Some of the letters were funny but some began to get a little tired and one dimensional. I love the idea of satirical letters but I think the more absurd the better. Some of these didn't cross my threshold for absurdity. Still to each their own and I can understand why many find the book great. Just not totally for me
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
i have to say that i've just bought this book, and though i don't want to seem like a copycat of the funniest man on earth, i think that the Robin Cooper letters is the funniest book i've read.
the letters veer between stream of consciousness (where i found my self grinning like an idiot as i wondered what cooper would come up with next), and short, sharp, spit-the-coffee-across-starbucks laugh out loud moments.
my advice to those thinking of buying the book would be this;
don't: read it whilst ingesting food / drinks (see above)
do; be prepared to have people move away from you on public transport as you snort and giggle at ideas like 'waspard' (wasp mustard).
do; buy five copies as you'll want to give one to all your friends.
don't; be surprised if your friends aren't talking to you because you're late because you wanted to finish the book so much.
anyway - i loved it and hope this review will help others enjoy the mental, laugh out loud silliness of Cooper.
yannik.
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VINE VOICEon 1 December 2008
It is rare that I read a book all the way through in a day, but I completed this one in a three hour car journey (not while driving though!) At 142 pages, it's an easy book to read and is like a literature version of the channel 4 series Fonejacker.

There are some good letters that were worth book marking, including the poem about aluminium set to 'Oh my Darling Clementine' and the letter to the Society of Existential Analysis. The letters also give you some good ideas for letter writing and can be light-heartedly amusing, steering clear of puerility.

However, this is where the similarity between the hype (on the cover) and the content ends. The book does seem like someone's hobby when bored, and the timewasting nature of the letters follow the tawdry cliche of being a waste of your (the readers) time.

It is reminiscent of reading one of those Clarkson books of magazine articles - essentially what you get is just a load of raw material, which could do with processing into something better. Maybe this is why the fawning praise is from TV comedians - it's good source material, but little more.

So, to conclude, if you are a comedian, then this is a good book for you, as it has much in the way of diverse and useful muse material. However, if you are after comedy then get a hold of some early Jeremy Clarkson or Douglas Adams. Better still, experiment a little by getting Nikolai Gogol's St Petersburg Tales, which are a lesson in just what can be made with comedic ideas...
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73 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2004
A collection of prank letters sent by the author to various organisations. I read this book in the course of an evening and only laughed out loud on two occasions. For 6.99 (let alone the cover price of 9.99) I expect a little more. The book starts off well with a lengthy discussion between the author and a well meaning publishers assistant but most of the rest of the book consists of bizarre but not particularily funny letters from the author followed by a firm but polite rejection letter from the organisation he's corresponded with. It all gets a bit repetitive after a while.
Not a total waste of time but there are better books to spend your money on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2015
This book is well worth the price and it's very funny in some places, quite funny in others and in a small part...pretty obvious and strained.

This book is basically a series of 'hilarious' letters written to annoy organisations.

I think they could have cut about 20-30% of the letters, mostly those from the drawn out ping-pong matches of correspondence he has with certain organisations.
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