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3.0 out of 5 stars Filled some time, 15 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography (Kindle Edition)
I'm late to the DB party as I know of him only from his 5Live Saturday program and as a drinking mate of Chris Evans. I thought I'd read this book to learn more of him and his life as a writer and member of the Evans cabal.

My mistake; nowhere in the product details or PR for this book was it mentioned that this would cover only the early part of DB's career. Shame on you DB and (probably more accurately) your publisher. I object to having to pay for the trailer to the rest and probably more interesting aspects of his life. Having said that, I suspect Part 2 (and probably Part 3) will be just as superficial and not really worth my time.

As with most autobiographies, I can see that fans are very happy with the work and good for them. Autobiographies are of course 'all about me' but this one even more so. There is no real depth to any of the anecdotes, and that is all this is; a series of anecdotes with no significant explanation or analysis. It would appear from the fans' reactions and reviews that this is what DB is like. Good luck to him and them but it is rather clear to me that DB is a chancer (albeit a talented one) who lucked out with his friend's idea for Sniffin' Glue and subsequent ideas and knew to grab the chance with both hands; it is also clear that this book is the literary equivalent of DB standing in a pub and holding court with his mates and fans. Nothing wrong with that of course but not what I was seeking. For example, DB says that he has never smoked a cigarette yet he alludes to consuming other substances; I'm curious as to how and why that started and what he got out of it, how did he quit, and so on. There's no description or analysis of that, presumably because it would reveal more thinking than would suit DB's image as a cheeky (and talented) chappie.

I wasn't looking for literary genius but at least this filled the time in a moderately entertaining way.
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