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Unfunny, slight little wisp of a book,
This review is from: The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos (Paperback)
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She's lived a fairly banal, normal life. Reading the memoir of someone without a unique worldview who picked a middle of the road course through life makes for a very indifferent book.
I read the first quarter up to the cocaine experience. Then I gave up and instead skipped through the rest of it to read a few pages here and there. It was alright to begin with. It was just rather slight and annoyingly twee with humour that wasn't funny. Too much unneeded self-depreciation as well - which quickly turned tiresome. Also the writing style of constantly putting key words in capitals was an affectation that grated.
The problem was that the subject matter was very slight. After a short while I realised that her incompetent, woman-child, single post-feminist girl with boy troubles, working in London media experiences weren't interesting enough to read about. Maybe if she was a great writer she could turn this standard nuts and bolts stuff into something compelling. I didn't like her "author's voice" enough. I've not read the magazine articles it's based upon, but perhaps these stories make more sense as short, insubstantial columns. When put together in the form of a book it's just not very convincing. I imagine her publishers when receiving the manuscript going, "Is this it? Didn't we pay for more than this?"
Perhaps it will chime with women in a way that it doesn't with me. In the end I just lost interest long, long before the end. Personally I thought the writing wasn't very good, the jokes almost all dead and the subject matter too inconsequential and done before to hold my attention. It's harmless, and I easily imagine a lot of people calling it "hilarious", but for me it was a dud. I don't see it remaining in print for any great length of time as an important or popular book.
One star is harsh, but I didn't get close to finishing it so why would I give it two?
The book reminded me strongly of Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies by Hadley Freeman. Another annoying book by a newspaper columnist.
NOTE 10/6/14: I've just finished reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It makes a great contrast to this book. A truly eccentric point of view, and humour that is actually funny, that recounts an absurd life. It was everything Gordon's book wasn't. I very strongly recommend that memoir over this.
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Initial post: 29 May 2014 09:20:26 BDT
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Posted on 29 May 2014 09:38:22 BDT
Mrs Beatriz Nasr says:
So much bravado hiding behind a pseudonym. I wish that people that are being extremely critical would have the courage to publish a comment under their real name!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2014 22:41:43 BDT
Who cares whether this person uses a pseudonym? They're a Vine reviewer so obviously have got their hands on the book before the release date and the review is well-written, detailed and seemingly well-informed...seems churlish to moan about people not using their real names in this instance.
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